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Pre Season Match Report: Workington 24 Wigan 6

Wigan suffered a third pre-season defeated despite a spirited performance from some of their young stars against Championship side Workington Town.

Just five days before their opening Super League game against Widnes Vikings, the Warriors faced their dual-registration partner Club at a sunny, yet cold Derwent Park in Cumbria.

Three converted first half tries from Workington were the difference at the end of the afternoon with the sides crossing once each in the second forty minutes. The Warriors solitary try coming from prop James Greenwood who was a stand-out player for the away side.

Wigan featured a mix of fringe first team players - including Dom Manferdi, Lewis Tierney, Oliver Gildart and Greenwood - and academy prospects. Sam Powell and Rhodri Lloyd also made welcome returns from injury.

The more experienced Workington side had the better of the field position in the opening quarter putting the young Warriors defence under immense pressure.

The deadlock was broken on 13 minutes when Town halfback Callum Phillips fed a short ball to his brother Brett to cross the try line. Carl Forber goaled excellently to give the home side a 6 - 0 lead.

Despite not having much territory Wigan grew in confidence but twice failed to cut the deficit. First the impressive Sam Powell weaved through the defence only to be pulled back after his pass to Kyle Shelford went forward and shortly after Tierney just failed to ground Powell's grubber.

The Warriors were made to pay for not taking their chances as Jarrad Stack barged over not long after Dom Manfredi had made a superb try saving effort.

Within a couple of minutes it was Stack who turned provider as his pass to Nathan Mossop completed a neat move right on half time. Forber added both goals to make it 18-0 at the break.
Wigan began the second half enthusiastically but despite forcing two goalline drop outs, they couldn't get onto the scoreboard.

As in the first half, Workington punished Wigan as Callum Phillips fended off two Warriors to score next to the posts.

This time Wigan hit straight back though James Greenwood who collected a loose ball after a spilled midfield bomb. Jake Shorrocks added an easy conversion attempt to make the score 24-6 just short of the hour mark.

As the clocked ticked down Greenwood was again at the heart of the action as he rampaged through the Town line but Kyle Shelford had a second try chalked off for another forward pass.


Workington Town; Jack Murphy, Sam Forrester, Jason Mossop, Perry Whitley, Brett Carter, Carl Forber, Callum Phillips, Steven Scholey, Graeme Mattinson, Marc Shackley, Brett Phillips, Jarrad Stack, Liam McAvoy.

Subs; Nathan Lucock, James Duerden, Scott Akehurst, Theerapol Ritson

Wigan Warriors; Lewis Tierney, Dom Manfredi, Oliver Gildart, Jack Higginson, Gabe Fell, Jamie Doran, Sam Powell, James Greenwood, Luke Waterworth, Rob Lever, Rhodri Lloyd, Macauley Davies, Kyle Shelford

Subs Joe Bretherton, Jake Shorrocks, Brad Lawrence, Patrick Jones, Jake Moore, Jack Wells, Liam Paisley, Patrick Casey


Workington Tries; B. Phillips (13'), Stack (35'), Mossop (39'), C. Phillips (53')

Workington Goals; Forber (14', 36', 40', 54')


Wigan Tries; Greenwood (56')

Wigan Goals; Shorrocks (57')


Half time; 18-0


Attendance; 1,523

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