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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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Whitehaven pay for their early mistakes

WHITEHAVEN had only themselves to blame for their 25-12 defeat at Littleborough as their own mistakes cost them dearly.

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On the ball: Liam Tunstall moves moving the ball during Whitehaven’s game against Littleborough

They went into an early 6-0 lead with two penalties by Stephen McConnell before some poor tackling gifted the hosts a converted try.

Littleborough increased their advantage with a penalty buit two more penalties by McConnell enabled the Cumbrians to turn round 12-10 to the good.

But a disastrous start to the second-half saw them lose possession at the re-start and Littleborough eventually scored.

Although they had a couple of opportunities to score themselves Whitehaven couldn’t get over the home line. Then they were caught by a sucker punch when Littleborough scored after their forwards peeled off a line-out.

It was catch-up time but the points were sealed near the end when Littleborough scored their fourth bonus point try, although Whitehaven had strong claims that the scorer’s foot had been in touch.

Scrum-half Jordan Scott was always prominent for Whitehaven while forward John Rome, asked to play on the wing because of a shortage in the backs, also shone before he went off with a shoulder injury.

Rome produced one stunning try-saving tackle when he got under a Littleborough player as he dived over the line.

Wigton produced a ten-try performance to overcome Keswick 62-0 at a sunny, but cold Lowmoor Road.

In truth, neither team played as well as they did in the fixture at Keswick which produced a 72-7 win for Wigton earlier this season.

Workington were disappointed to end a good winning sequence when they travelled to struggling Didsbury Toc H and lost 43-24.

After hard-fought victories over Aspatria and Blackburn the Zebras had anticipated completing a quick treble but Didsbury were able to move off the bottom with a spirited performance.

Upper Eden were beaten 32-24 at home by North Lancs Cumbria’s rivals Eccles in their group match in the Intermediate Cup.

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