Town see off Raiders rally

Llanelli Star - - SPORT -

WEST Wales Raiders went down 66-22 at Work­ing­ton Town in rugby league’s Bet­fred League 1.

The Llanelli-based side threat­ened a shock sec­ond-half rally at one stage, but in the end the home side proved too strong.

The Raiders, who broke their long los­ing se­quence last month with a su­perb win over Coven­try Bears, went be­hind in the sec­ond minute to a try by Jonathan Walsh.

But the vis­i­tors re­fused to be in­tim­i­dated in the early ex­changes and drew level min­utes later when Phil Cow­burn crossed for a try he con­verted him­self.

How­ever, the home side grad­u­ally took com­mand as the first half wore on with four more tries to open up a 30-6 lead at the in­ter­val.

But it was the Welsh side who emerged with more pur­pose af­ter the break, with Paddy Jen­nings cross­ing for the sec­ond try and Cow­burn adding the ex­tras.

And when Sam Baker crossed and Cow­burn again con­verted, sud­denly the deficit had been re­duced to just 30-18.

Work­ing­ton again wrested back con­trol and four more scores took them out of reach. Michael Sabour grabbed a late con­so­la­tion for the Raiders but the hosts were ul­ti­mately com­fort­able win­ners.

There is a Welsh derby at Ste­bon­heath on Satur­day with the Raiders en­ter­tain­ing North Wales Cru­saders (3pm).

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