MATCH REPORT – Newcastle Thunder 50 – 22 Workington Town

Newcastle Thunder produced the display of the season at Kingston Park on Saturday evening as they ran riot against Workington Town and putting a dent in the West Cumbrian’s play-off ambitions.

Having endured an up and down season in 2018 Newcastle cut loose with nine tries, each from a different scorer as they put on a show for the 729 in attendance following an inauspicious start.

Facing an onslaught from the visitors, Town took first blood after five minutes, but it was the start of a free-flowing opening quarter in which both teams showed some top draw skills in attack.

Responding to the early score, Thunder were back level after enforcing a repeat set on Town with a threatening kick chase by newly re-signed Lewis Young. Having forced Workington to kick the ball dead, the next set saw the hosts set their platform with a strong carry from Aaron Ollet, before Ben Pointer darted over the line with a strong surge from the play the ball.

It was the start of a quick-fire burst that saw Thunder assume a decent lead. Having called the play back for an advantage after Tee Ritson had scored a seemingly good try, it was Young who was next on the score sheet with good hands getting the ball out wide and the centre’s pace doing the rest.

With a penalty awarded to Thunder off the restart after a late hit on Ollett as Young’s try was scored, Jason Payne’s side continued to enjoy a strong period of pressure and added their third try of the day as Marginet put in a superb pass following a mazy run from Young to Ben Calland.

Having shipped those three scores Town rallied, with a brace of their own getting them back onto the front foot and regained their attacking momentum.

First over was Tyllar Mellor with an acrobatic dive allowing a clever play from dummy half by Sean Penkywicz to yield a well worked score, before a knock on by Ritson gave another strong attacking position.

Following a typical ebullient run from Fui Fui Moi Moi, Tyler Dickinson barged his way over for a converted try that regained the lead for Workington, but it was a short-lived advantage.

After a strong carry form Young up to the 15m line, a deft kick through from Ollett was followed up by a superb chase from Ritson who caught the Workington defence asleep on the short side to get his side back in front.

Awarded a penalty 10 meters out, Marginet opted for a simple two points, before the ever impressive and industrious Harry Aldous got himself of the end of season forfeit list with a nicely taken try as another well placed kick through sat up perfectly.

Having produced a breathless first half, the second was no less entertaining, though an ebb and flow nature meant it was almost twenty minutes in before the first score came.

When it did, it again came through Thunder’s favoured tactic of employing a smart kick through for a chasing player to make the most of, with this effort seeing a flying Adam Brook dive onto a loose ball and get his side back up and running

Appearing to be under the cosh on their own line, Ben Dent brought up a superb interception 10 meter from his own line as he expertly read the play before showing some serious gas to streak away for a try of his own.

Following on from the backs athletic excursions Liam Scott decided to show what Thunder’s forward can do with a sublime run across the line before surging forward through a gap and running a clear 40 meters for a super score.

With calls of “we want 50!” echoing from the stands, Mo Agoro duly obliged as he cut back inside from a typically strong run before running across the field and stretching the defence to cut through a gap that he created.

Though out on their feet, Workington were able to muster a consolation converted score at the end, as they punished a handling error from an over-eager Thunder, with Joe Hambley working well to keep his feet in play and dot down out wide.

But the day ultimately belonged to Thunder with a result that the coaches and players will hope sets solid foundations for the rest of 2018 and for the new season next year.

Newcastle Thunder

Theerapol Ritson, Mo Agoro, Lewis Young, Ben Dent, Joe Brown, Adam Brook, Remy Marginet, Harry Aldous, Ben Pointer, Jack Aldous, Ben Calland, Aaron Ollett, Evan Simons, Conor Fitzsimmons, Liam McAvoy, Vincent Rennie, Liam Scott

Try Scorers – Pointer (12), Young (14), Calland (17), Ritson (30), H Aldous (38), Brook (58), Dent (63), Scott (70), Agoro (75)

Goal Scorers – Marginet 7/10

Workington Town

Sam Forrester, Tyllar Mellor, Elliott Miller, Perry Singleton, Joe Hambley, Jamie Doran, Carl Forber, Oliver Wilkes, Sean Penkywicz, Tom Curwen, Karl Olstrom, Ben Morris, Stevie Scholey, James Newton, Andrew Dawson, Tyler Dickinson, FuiFui MoiMoi

Try Scorer – Unidentified (5) Mellor (22), Dickinson (26), Hambley (79)

Goal Scorer – Forber 3/4

Attendance – 729

MOM – Remy Marginet