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Your News Workington 40 - Didsbury Toc H 10

Didsbury drifted closer to the relegation zone in North Lancs & Cumbria, losing 43-10 away at Workington.

Having narrowly lost at home earlier in the season, Didsbury were hopeful of picking up their first Cumbrian scalp of the season. But the finishing prowess of Workington, now third in the league, undid a gutsy Didsbury performance.

Didsbury knew they would have to win the battle upfront and their forwards set the tone by dominating at scrum time. Despite applying the early pressure it was Workington who scored first, a quickly taken penalty caught Didsbury flat footed and a try was scored under the posts. The conversion was added and against the run of play Workington soon scored another try, giving them a 12-0 lead. Didsbury reacted well to this setback and worked their way downfield, when Workington failed to deal with a high ball Didsbury pounced on the loose ball setting up flanker Guillaume Dallies who forced his way over for try. The resulting conversion was missed, but Didsbury were on the up. Didsbury soon returned to Workingtons 22 and were awarded an attacking scrum, which was picked up at number 8 by Andy Lynn who shipped the ball wide to winger Dave Hoare. Hoare finished of the move a try in the corner. The tricky conversion was missed. Workington managed another try before half time, making the score 19-10. Didsbury were in touching distance of their highflying hosts.

The second half started well for Didsbury, maintaining possession and driving their way downfield. Didsburys fullback, Tristan Batt, was in fine form and constantly created gaps in the Workington defence, but time and again Toc H were thwarted close to the try line. Workington, to their credit, showed why they are so high in the league; they continually punished any errors by Didsbury and scored several tries from turnover ball.

The final score of 43-10 was a little flattering to Workington, and doesnt portray the tremendous effort put in by Didsbury. The relegation issue will remain unclear until the dust settles at the end of the season. At the moment Didsbury are third bottom, with the chance to move higher, with two games left to play, but it could be the case that only two are relegated. Next Saturday Didsbury welcome Oldham to Ford Lane 3pm kick off. Oldham lie just above Didsbury in the league and it is now a must win game for Toc H.

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