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Cumbria's club scene - May 3, 2012

Whitehaven RL

COPELAND Stadium bosses are ready to offer Whitehaven RL Club a new home – if the under-fire £5.5m Pow Beck Stadium development fails to materialise.

David Moore, Tory group leader on Copeland Council, last week raised the prospect of scrapping the troubled Pow Beck scheme and switching the proposed new stadium investment just over a mile up the road to the Copeland site at Hensingham.

Copeland Stadium – a Cumbria Centre for Sporting Excellence – already boasts outstanding facilities, and bosses are ready to lay down the welcome mat to Haven and a big new investment.

“As far as we are concerned it’s available,” said a Copeland Stadium spokesman. “We have never refused anybody.

“Our stadium is already there and we have rugby and football pitches, an athletics track, all-weather pitch, gymnasium, bar with function room, kitchen and more car parking space than enough.”

The only sticking point, he believes, may be the number of seats required to bring the grandstand up to the standard needed for Championship rugby league. He said: “The stand holds about 350, but with the money available you could put in 3,500 seats.”

Workington Town have trained at Copeland Stadium this year and it had been due to be the Scotland national team’s training base for their World Cup clashes with Tonga and Italy next year. But last week’s announcement that Pow Beck partners Haven, Whitehaven Amateurs FC, Copeland Council and Britain’s Energy Coast had pulled out of talks with landowners Whitehaven Miners Social Welfare over road access put paid to World Cup plans.

However, partners still expect the Pow Beck scheme to go ahead – albeit with a delay while they search for a new access route – and so do Copeland Stadium bosses.

Workington Reds AFC

DARREN Edmondson celebrated his side’s final-day great escape with a beer as Workington Reds secured their place in the Blue Square Bet North with a 1-0 win at Worcester City.

Relief was the word Edmondson used to describe the cliffhanger, and now the out-of-contract manager hopes to sign a new deal at Borough Park.

He said: “We were incredible. We have worked so hard and deserved to stay up.

“It was such a relief when the final whistle went. It was emotional, but such a joy to celebrate with the fans that were amazing. They chanted, shouted, screamed, cheered and looked great in their fancy dress. It was for them that we won.”

Jordan Connerton was the man who scored Workington’s season-saving goal. The Crewe loanee nodded home 15 minutes from time after good work from Gareth Arnison.

The win shot Reds up from 17th to 13th in the final table.

Edmondson said: “Jordan was fantastic, but so were the rest of the boys. It was a real team effort. Everyone, to a man, deserves a lot of credit for their efforts.

“We celebrated with a beer or two on the coach and had a great night out in Carlisle. It was time to let our hair down, and enjoy staying up.”

Edmondson will meet with chairman Humphrey Dobie within the next 48 hours with his future high on the agenda.

Once that has been resolved, if the ex-Carlisle defender is still in charge, he will meet with the players.

He said: “It’s a nervy time for everyone. I want to be the man in charge, but that’s down to the chairman and the directors.

“When my future is hopefully secure, then I can talk to the lads about theirs.”

Workington Comets

WORKINGTON Comets skipper Richard Lawson believes the change at reserve with Adam Roynon replacing Kyle Howarth will not see too much of a change in the team.

Howarth will move into the main body of the team at number four as a straight swap for Roynon who will move down into the number six position. Lawson had discussed the possible permutations of where Howarth would fit into the main body of the team with team manager Tony Jackson and they thought number four would be the best position.

Lawson said: “The way Kyle was riding I don’t think he could have scored many more points at reserve. With Adam moving down there I don’t think it will change that much as he should pile them in.

“I discussed the change with Tony and looked at the pros and cons at putting him at either two or four.

“We also asked Kyle and he said he felt a bit more confident at four. Riding at number two is tough so he is probably better at four as you don’t have to go out in heat one and Kenny Ingalls has coped pretty well there.”

Lawson is disappointed that his strong partnership with Roynon has been broken up but he said he will try and look after Howarth as much as possible when they are riding together.

Carlisle United

CARLISLE United manager Greg Abbott today declared his side will go for broke at Oldham after a day of drama kept the Blues’ play-off hopes alive.

The race for sixth place now comes down to the final game of the season, when United must win at Boundary Park to stand any chance of glory.

Carlisle, 4-1 winners against Exeter, looked to be heading out of the race when Stevenage led 2-0 at Sheffield United.

But a late fightback by the Blades, who equalised in the 85th minute through Matt Lowton, meant Carlisle can still overhaul sixth-placed Stevenage on the season’s last afternoon.

In order to end the campaign in sixth place, Abbott’s side must win this weekend and hope both Stevenage and seventh-placed Notts County draw or lose against Bury and Colchester respectively.

And Abbott is likely to retain the attacking line-up he picked for Saturday’s game, which saw Francois Zoko (two), Jordan Cook and Liam Noble account for the doomed Grecians in front of a 6,029 crowd.

“It wouldn’t have taken a brain surgeon to work that we were going to play attacking football,” said the Blues boss.

“And we know what we have to do now. We only have to focus on our game and win it. If it’s not good enough, we can’t do much more.”

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