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Rugby league: North Wales Crusaders suffer heavy loss at Workington Town

Workington Town 58 North Wales Crusaders 0

CLIVE Griffiths’s Crusaders fell to their fourth Championship One defeat of the season as Jono Smith was ruled out for 10 weeks with a fractured eye socket.

Before the trip to the Cumbrian coast Crusaders learned influential forward Smith would face a lengthy lay-off after the eye injury he suffered against Wigan Warriors on the Challenge Cup proved more severe than expected.

So missing both Smith and leading try scorer Danny Hulme they faced a tough Workington side and tasted a heavy defeat.

By the interval Workington led 36-0 despite Carl Forber almost giving Crusaders the lead in the opening minutes as he failed to gather a Marc Shackley pass.

Cru’s pressure faded however and the home side established their dominance.

Jarrod Stack, Mark Brainbridge and Brett Carter all crossed the whitewash. Former Crusaders Super League star Jamie Thackray was pivotal for Workington as he set up plays for Carter to score a second and also put in Elliot Miller (2) and Dave Peterson all before half time. Jamie Durbin’s disallowed try was the closest Crusaders came to reducing the arrears.

After the break the scoring continued as Shackley grounded, Peterson added another soon after and Stephen Dawes and Jason Mossop also went over.

Durbin almost got through again, as he chased an Andy Moulsdale grubber kick, but he couldn’t bring it under control and the chance went begging.

The last 10 minutes saw Crusaders dominate as they threw caution to the wind, forcing Workington to knock the ball dead for goal line dropouts.

But it weas too late for them to make it count and they left scoreless.

Crusaders have no game this weekend as the Challenge Cup resumes.