Worksop move into midtable after Cleethorpes win

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Worksop moved into midtable in the Midlands Four East North table, after a 19-13 victory at rivals Cleethorpes.

Winning the toss Worksop chose to play into the strong wind, hoping to absorb the first 40 minutes without conceding too many points.

Two early penalties gave Cleethorpes a six point lead.

But it was quite evident that Worksop had the upper hand and excellent forward play in the scrums saw them take several against the head.

With the backs bringing the ball back to the forwards it wasn’t long until the hosts buckled under the pressure.

From a line-out taken cleanly by Louis Robinson, Worksop called a catch and drive when an instant snap of pressure from 15 metres out saw Cleethorpes shunted backwardsand Gareth Truckle crashed over.

Worksop had probably 75 per cent of the possession but just failed to turn this into points and went into halftime trailing 6-5.

The second half saw good early runs from second row Paul Roome and hooker Steve Dickinson, with scrum-half Kevin Coles feeding the oncoming armada of backs.

Another scrum win saw Truckle stopped just short of the line before prop Alan Hopkinson leapt over the try line for a converted try.

Cleethorpes came back at Worksop and good play from their forwards caused problems for Worksop.

An attacking move by the home side saw the ball go down the line and Cleethorpes were clean through and into Worksop’s 22, but when the pass hit the player in the face, it bounced into the hands of Worksop winger Brian Sayle who raced 60 metres for an excellent interception try.

Jackson Nunn’s conversion made it 19-6 to Worksop.

But when Zeke Ebbs was sin-binned for an infringement at the ruck, Cleethorpes piled on the pressure and the ball fell to their centre who scored under the posts.

Worksop managed to keep Cleethorpes out for the last 10 minutes, and the home side gave away a penalty at the scrummage, allowing Worksop to kick the ball into to touch and take the win to move eight points clear of Cleethorpes in the league.

Man of the Match for Worksop was Louis Robinson, whilst Francis Appleton made marauding runs, and Matt Nunn played on despite an ankle injury.