Town have the last say in row with Bulls
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.