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The blues on Hunslet’s right continue

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Hunslet RLFC 18-30 Workington Town

Hunslet’s injury problems on the right struck again this week as on-loan winger Matty Chrimes and center Alfie Goddard came off injured at a crucial point in the game.

Hunslet have already lost Mac Walsh (against Toulouse) and Will Adams (to injury) in the right centers as the Parksiders lost a tight battle against Cumbrians Workington Town at the South Leeds Stadium today (April 21, 2024).

The game went back and forth, but the visitors took the lead when Hunslet had to shuffle their pack midway through the second half.

The first 10 minutes were even as both teams tried to win the arm-wrestle, an end-of-the-finger tackle keeping Jude Ferreira from getting free, while Jimmy Watson had to take a drop that spread a dangerous kick.

Town did take the lead on the 12e But in the minute a chip through hit the base of the post and Jimmy Watson’s tap-in attempt was pounced on by Stevie Scholey to score. Ciaran Walker converts 0-6.

Jack Mallinson threatened Hunslet with his kicking, but Workington certainly came out on top. After another lunge and a questionable Hunslet knock-on, Stevie Scholey got his second of the afternoon, Walker converted. 0-12 after 21 minutes.

0-12 could have been 0-18, but good defense kept Hunslet in it, after which a change in momentum gave the Parksiders the lead. Matty Beharrell’s kick was pushed back by Alfie Goddard and Aaron Levy scored. Beharrell converts 6-12

Now that we were on top, it was Hunslet who forced the drops. Mallinson and Watson opened a gap and as Workington’s defense wobbled, Cam Berry surged forward. Beharrell converts to make it 12-12.

The half ended on a high note for the home team. Harvey Hallas and Ethan O’Hanlon blazed a path through the middle for Matty Beharrell to land an inch-perfect kick, while Jude Ferreira leapt to score. 18-12 and Hunslet didn’t want the break.

But the break did come and although Hunslet started the second half well, an ankle injury to Matty Chrimes meant a personnel change.

Workington started to get on top but Hunslet’s defense was good. Town were held up twice and Liam Carr made an excellent effort to save the tackle.

But after 59 minutes of constant pressure, Grant Reid found his way and with a Walker conversion we were all square at 18-18.

The game-breaker came after 63 minutes. Workington fullback Jordan Burns dealt with a kick and broke through on the left. Hunslet’s defenders missed tackles and before we knew it a defensive run turned into an attack. Ciaran Walker was in there to finish it off and Town led 18-24.

The shock of the turnaround hit Hunslet hard, as he had to shuffle the peloton due to injury. JJ Key rolled out of a tackle on 66 minutes to put the game to bed, giving the Cumbrians an 18-30 lead.

Although Jack Render appeared to have scored in the corner (it was given as a knock-on) and both Mallinson and Beharrell applied searching kicks, the match petered out, and although tempers flared late, Workington held on to win. .

This was a match that Hunslet could have won, but in the end small margins turned the outcome of the match. Matty Chrimes had an excellent loan from Swinton and there were good performances from Jack Mallinson, Ethan Hanlon and Cam Berry.

Hunslet should be back up for next week’s visit to North Wales Crusaders on Sunday (April 28, 3pm).

Jude Ferreira jumps to score. Credit: both Craig Irvine

Hunslet RLFC: Jimmy Watson, Matthew Chrimes, Alfie Goddard, Jude Ferreira, Jack Render, Jack Mallinson, Matty Beharrell, Harvey Hallas, Billy Gaylor, Toby Everett, Josh Jordan-Roberts, Aaron Levy, Michael Knowles. Subs: Cam Berry, Jordan Syme, Liam Carr, Ethan O’Hanlon. 18th player: Mackenzie Scurr.

Workington town: Jordan Burns, Brad Taylor, Chris Taylor, Jason Mossop, Jonathan Hutton, Ciaran Walker, Jarrod Sammut, Jordan Thompson, Matthew Henson. Stevie Scholey, Liam McNicholas, Jake Bradley, Jack Stephenson. Subs: JJ Key, Jake Lightowler, Grant Reid, Connor Saunders. 18th player: Tyler Walton.

Main photo: Jack Render comes in late. Credit: Craig Irvine

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