MATCH REPORT: Workington Town 32 Doncaster 34

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IN a dramatic finish at Derwent Park, Doncaster snatched victory with the last play of the game to complete a Championship One double over the Cumbrians.

The timekeeper had indiccated there were five seconds left when Doncaster took the ball from their scrum in front of the home posts and moved it widewhere Chris Green found enough space to get through and touchdown.

Stuart Sanderson was unable to land the conversion but it didn’t matter as the Donas players celebrated what had looked an unlikely victory.

In a topsy turvy game Doncaster had fallen behind; enjoyed a 16-6 lead and turned round at half-time 18-16 in arrears. When they trailed 32-16 after only 52 minutes, with Town in full cry, it looked ominous for the Dons.

But in a pulsating finish they scored four tries in the last 15 minutes to record a memorable win, which left the Workington players stunned.

Town had a try disallowed on seven minutes when Jason Mossop was brought back but they took the lead on 16 minutes when Scott Kaighan was following the run of Marc Shackley and took the final pass a few yards out to get the try which Darren Holt converted.

Gradually Doncaster came back into the game and for the middle period of the first half they were the sharper, more direct and penetrative side and deservedly took a 16-6 lead.

First it was new boy Gareth Potts who finished off in the corner after Doncaster had taken advantage of some sloppy home tackling. Aaron Dobeck landed a fine touchline conversion.

Four minutes latrer Sanderson, a former Wath Brow amateur home on west Cumbrian soil, followed-up a kick through out wide to regather and get the score which was again superbly converted by Dobeck.

Doncaster’s superiority was reflected on 29 minutes with Craig Fawcett, Kyle Keswick and Mike Emmett all heavily involved before Potts dived over for his second.

Workington were stung and rallied before half-time, scoring two tries in three minutes.

Lively substitute Jack Pedley danced round three defenders under the shadow of the posts and dived over. Then with the last play of the half Holt hoisted a high kick for the corner which Jarrad Stack took and dived over. Holt converted both for an 18-16 interval lead.

Doncaster still seemed shell-shocked at the start of the second half when Town scored within three minutes of the restart. This time the Dons defence was found wanting as Kaighan put Stack ploughing through for his second touchdown. Holt converted.

Then when Doncaster were 20 metres from the home line a final tackle kick from Dobeck popped up kindly for Kaighan who dashed the length of the field. Dean Coulton seemed to have trapped him at the corner but somehow the half-back wriggled free and stretched out for a fine individuakl try which Holt converted.

When Holt added a penalty on 52 minutes it looked all over but Doncaster responded magnificently.

The hard working Jack Ely scrambled over in the corner on 65 minutes to start the recovery and four minutes later it was Sanderson who again followed-up a stabbed kick for the line, this time by Kesick, to get the score.

When Green powered over in the corner after Town had been embarrassingkly exposed again Doncaster had the momentum, especially when Dobeck’s conversion cut the deficit to just two points.

Even so it seemed to be all over when Doncaster produced another rabbit out of the hat with their last gasp winner from Green.