Workington Town have a 10-point lead over their visitors North Wales Crusaders at Derwent Park - but they are not running away with the game by any means.

It looked good at the start as Workington set off with a bang, getting two opening tries but then they let their visitors back into the game and had to fight their way back.

The game was only three minutes old when Town got their first points on the board, powering through their opponents' defence with Gordon Maudling crashing over the line.

Forber added the extras and just three minutes later he was tagging on another conversion as Oliver Wilkes got on the end of a pass from Sean Penkywicz to fly over the line to double the scoring.

North Wales began to get into the game and they were causing some problems for the home side as they passed the ball about well.

And they got their reward when Rob Massam touched down after a period of continued pressure with the Town defence unable to hold them, Kenneth Baker converting for 12-6.

Shortly after they levelled matters as poor Town defence allowed Warren Thompson to break through the centre and he was well supported by full-back Daniel Price who raced over the line, with Baker again tagging on the extras.

It was now the visitors with the upper hand and they were causing a multitude of problems for a Town side that was looking off the boil.

And when Town were penalised for a ball steal near the posts the call came off the bench to go for the two points and Baker kept his cool to slot the ball between the uprights to give Crusaders the lead for the first time.

This seemed to finally wake the home side up and after a good charge by Danny Tickle who was halted just short, the ball came out to Perry Singleton and he spotted the gap and darted in, with Forber again on target to take the lead back at 18-14.

Then Jamie Doran decided to go on his own and he darted over the line just ahead of the hooter, leaving Forber an easy conversion by the posts to make it 24-14 at the break.