REPORT | Workington 4 Dons 30

REPORT | Workington 4 Dons 30

8th September 2019

The Dons secured a fourth-placed finish in Betfred League One with a commanding 30-4 victory over fellow promotion chasers Workington Town at Derwent Park.

It took nine minutes for the visitors to make the breakthrough and it came via a moment of brilliance from Rangi Chase. The former England international supplied the pass to put Frankie Mariano through a gap, the attack ended with winger Tom Halliday touching down in the corner to continue his try-scoring exploits.

The Dons were almost in again with a quarter of the game gone, as Beharrell found Matty Chrimes with a cutout pass before the winger was bundled into touch by some strong Workington defence as he headed towards the line.

They didn’t have to wait too long for the second try to come though and it arrived when Kyle Kesik’s clever kick to the corner was patted back by Halliday and into the path of Jason Tali who went over for the simplest of scores.

Workington then looked for a way back into the game and after a repeat set on the Doncaster line, it was only a try-saving tackle by Tali on Calvin Wellington that prevented them from getting on the board.

Instead it was the Dons who would go in again on the half-hour mark, as Carl Forber knocked on inside his own half, allowing Tali to collect and sprint clear before finding the impressive Beharrell on his inside who weaved away from two Town defenders to score under the posts. The scrum-half’s third conversion of the half gave his side an 18-0 half-time lead.

Richard Horne’s side almost extended their lead two minutes after the restart, as Papua New Guinea international Watson Boas tried to go himself from dummy-half, before being denied by referee Gareth Hewer who adjudged a double movement.

They would go further in front via the boot of Beharrell on 44 minutes, who converted a penalty goal after Workington had been penalised for dissent just 20 metres out from their own line.

The Dons scored their fourth try of the game with 19 minutes remaining, Chase dabbed a kick through which was fumbled by Workington winger Jonathan Walsh, and that allowed the on-rushing Halliday to dive on the loose ball and score his second of the afternoon.

It was a dominant performance from Doncaster and they further pressed home their advantage in the latter stages. Mariano had too much power for the home defence and burst through the line, before throwing a dummy to go over under the posts.

Town gave their supporters something to shout about in the final few minutes, as Caine Barnes went over to score a consolation try.

REPORT | Workington 4 Dons 30