Town have the last say in row with Bulls

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY LEAGUE -

CHAM­PI­ONSHIP 1: A public slang­ing match be­tween club di­rec­tors over-shad­owed the Bet­fred League 1 match be­tween hosts Work­ing­ton Town and pre­vi­ously un­beaten lead­ers Brad­ford Bulls – which Town won 17-16 thanks to Jor­dan Tansey’s late drop goal.

Bulls chair­man Andrew Chalmers is­sued a state­ment ac­cus­ing the Cum­bri­ans of be­ing am­a­teur­ish and self­ish af­ter re­fus­ing Brad­ford per­mis­sion to livestream the game at Der­went Park.

Brad­ford, the for­mer world club cham­pi­ons who now op­er­ate in the third tier of pro­fes­sional rugby league, be­gan stream­ing their matches this sea­son but were turned down by Work­ing­ton, who feared it would have an ad­verse af­fect on the at­ten­dance.

In a state­ment, Chalmers said: “The Work­ing­ton Town board’s po­si­tion is a short­sighted, poor de­ci­sion in not al­low­ing Bull­sLive and Prop­erS­port to live stream or even show any de­layed cov­er­age of the game.

“Am­a­teur and com­pletely self­ish is the only way I can truly de­scribe this de­ci­sion.”

Work­ing­ton re­sponded say­ing: “We will not be in­tim­i­dated by any club and we will not bow to pres­sure be­cause of a de­ci­sion that we, as cus­to­di­ans of our club, have made in the best in­ter­ests of our club.”

On the field the Cum­bri­ans, coached by for­mer Brad­ford hero Leon Pryce had the last laugh, with for­mer Grand Fi­nal win­ner Tansey boot­ing a 78thminute one-pointer as Town came back from 16-10 down with four min­utes to play.

Caine Barnes and Elliott Miller got the home tries, with Tansey ad­ding four goals. Ross Peltier and Jake But­ler-Flem­ing crossed for Bulls, with Joe Keyes land­ing four goals.

Hun­slet won 24-16 at Old­ham to end a three-match los­ing streak in league and cup.

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