Bradford Bulls v Workington Town
Sunday 19th August 2018, 15:00pm
League 1 - Round: 22
Stats over last 8 encounters
This afternoon Bradford Bulls suffered their third league defeat, on the negative end of a 24-18 score ledger against Workington Town.
With automatic promotion on the line, Bradford came up against a dogged Cumbrian outfit who had claimed 8 victories from their last 9 games.
The visitors lived up to the pressure, claiming the game’s opening try early on after a smart reverse pass down the middle cut the Bulls open, allowing Forrester to dive over for the score under the posts.
Despite beginning the game with their backs against the wall, John Kear’s side fought against the grain and gained the lead through Elliot Minchella and Dane Chisholm.
Bludgeoning their way to three successive sets on the face of the Workington line with the help of Sam Hallas and James Green, Minchella gave the call for the short ball out of dummy half, crashing over in the tackle.
Shortly after, Chisholm turned the flow of play on its head with a 90m intercept. The half-back talesman read the eyes of Jamie Doran, enabling him to charge downfield and gain the lead.
The visitors showcased their Cumbrian class prior to the halftime hooter. Kicking a 40/20 to give them head and feed on Bradford’s 10m line, Elliott Miller crossed the line in the corner after fast play to the right edge gave them room to manoeuvre.
With John Kear’s inspired words during the half-time team talk, Bradford came out of the sheds with their feet firmly on the throttle – breaking for a try with Matt Garside.
As Joe Keyes sent a typical high bomb to the corner, the chase from Tuoyo Egodo put the winger under pressure. With the ball repelling off his forehead, Bradford were given a fresh set of six 20m out.
The second row helped clear up some scrappy play from centre field. Taking the egg and barging in-between his opposing second-row and centre, the Yorkshire-born backrow stretched out in the tackle to regain the lead.
With the lead proving elusive in a tight affair, John Kear opted to go for two points following one of many high challenges, this time falling on George Flanagan.
With the hooker darting out from dummy-half, Town’s neck high ‘challenge’ allowed Jordan Lilley to pull out the kicking tee and further extend the lead.
Straight from kick-off, Dane Chisholm showed his skill to the 3,320 supporters by stepping inside the line to break down field, feed Brandon Pickersgill who in turn won a penalty for being held down – Lilley slotting it through for two more.
With the penalty kicks appearing to be the foundation blocks for Bradford’s aim for victory, the visitors broke the backs of Bradford with former Super League man, Sean Penkywicz.
Coming out of dummy-half like a steam train, the experienced utility man spot a gap in Bradford line and dove through for the games winning try in the 75ht minute.
Bradford Bulls: Pickersgill, Ryan, Oakes, Egodo, Grant, Lilley, Chisholm, Crossley, Flanagan, Green, Garside, Minchella, Hallas.
Interchanges: Kirk, Keyes, Wood, Pownall.
Goals: Chisholm – 0/1 | Lilley – 3/4 | Keyes 0/1
Tries: Minchella (14’), Chisholm (21’), Garside (49’)
Workington Town: Forrester, Mellor, Miller, Singleton, Hambley, Doran, Forber, Wilkes, Penkywicz, Curwen, Olstrom, Morris, Scholey.
Interchanges: Newton, Dawson, Dickinson, Moi Moi.
Goals: Forber – 4/4
Tries: Forrester (4’), Miller (36’), Duran (66’), Penkywicz (75’)