Sunday, 1 February 2015

Young Warriors Fall to Workington Defeat

Wigan's pre-season programme ended with a loss as a youthful Warriors side slipped to a 24-6 defeat away to dual-reg partners Workington Town of the Championship earlier this afternoon. The Warriors fielded senior players Sam Powell and Dom Manfredi in a side comprised mainly of U19s players.

A windy day in West Cumbria began with both sides making decent starts but it was the hosts who opened the scoring as a nice from Callum Phillips picked out brother Brett who battled through the Warriors defence to cross for a try which was added to by a conversion from Carl Forber for a 6-0 lead.

Alike their previous two outings, errors seemed to be main problem for Wigan and Workington took full advantage just before the end of the first half with two scores in the final four minutes starting with a try for Jarrad Stack who edged over after a knock-on from Joe Bretherton and with Forber converting for a second time, the hosts led 12-0.

After scoring himself, Stack turned creator as he picked out Jason Mossop who crossed for Town's third try with just 11 seconds left of the first period and with Forber maintaining his perfect record with the boot, Workington went into the interval leading 18-0.

A switch-around at half-time saw Wigan return without Sam Powell who was replaced by Jake Shorrocks but as in a similar vain to the first half, Workington scored the first try of the period as a solo run from Callum Phillips saw him evade challenges from Bretherton and Tierney before crossing the Wigan line. Carl Forber made it four from four with the boot for a 24-0 lead.

Wigan's errors and indiscipline let them down at St Helens last week and with four scores needed in 27 minutes to avoid defeat, something had to change quickly to prevent a repeat and change it did as the Warriors got on the board in the 56th minute.

A succession of kicks from Jamie Doran and Jack Higginson resulted in a collection of the ball from James Greenwood who touched down for a try, Jake Shorrocks converted easily to reduce the deficit to 24-6

Despite a battling response from the Warriors, 24-6 was how the contest ended meaning with the exception of the Academy victory over London Skolars, Wigan as a club will go into Thursday's Super League opener against Widnes looking for a first senior win of 2015.