Whitehaven bounced back from last week’s defeat at Newcastle Thunder to beat Dewsbury Rams 23-16 at the Recreation Ground to advance to the Second Round of the Challenge Cup.
The Rams took the lead inside nine minutes, as Frazer Morris managed to get over after some sustained pressure on the Whitehaven line. Paul Sykes converted for a six-point lead.
10 minutes later, the hosts got themselves back into the game as Lachlan Walmsley got in out wide. However, he couldn’t convert, meaning Haven still trailed by two points.
Just past the half-hour, Whitehaven took the lead, after some good footwork from Chris Taylor to evade the defence and get over. Walmsley added the conversion to take Haven into double figures.
However, just a few minutes later, Haven were dealt a blow as Callum Phillips was sent off after a spear tackle on Michael Knowles. Meaning they would have to play 45 minutes with 12 men.
Almost straightaway, Dewsbury made their man advantage count as Adam Ryder managed to finish off a good move out wide. Sykes missed the conversion, meaning the scores were level heading into half-time.
Just before the hour mark, Whitehaven retook the lead as Marc Shackley powered over from short range. Walmsley added the conversion to put them ahead by six points.
Straight from the kick off, Haven were caught offside, resulting in a penalty for the Rams. They were able to hit back from the resulting field position, as Matty Fleming got over. Sykes converted to level the scores once again.
For a third time in the match, Haven would retake the lead with 13 minutes to go, as Greg McNally got his first try back at the club, finishing in the corner. Walmlsey converted for a six-point lead again.
McNally then sealed the win for Haven with a drop-goal with four minutes to go.
The Cumbrians have booked themselves an away day next week, at the winners of the tie between West Wales Raiders and Widnes Vikings.
As for Dewsbury, they now have a week off before their first Championship game against Whitehaven at Tetley’s Stadium.
Whitehaven: Greg McNally, Lachlan Walmsley, Chris Taylor, Jason Mossop, Andrew Bulman, Karl Dixon, Nikau WIlliams, Marc Shackley, James Newton, Andrew Dawson, Brett Phillips, Ellis Gilliam, Liam Cooper.
Subs: Callum Phillips, Tom Walker, Dion Aiye, Connor Holliday.
Head Coach: Gary Charlton.
Dewsbury Rams: Joe Martin, Andy Gabriel, Adam Ryder, Matty Fleming, Lewis Carr, Paul Sykes, Liam Finn, Aaron Hall, Reiss Butterworth, Tom Garrett, Keenen Tomlinson, Michael Knowles, Frazer Morris.
Subs: Sam Day, Will Oakes, Jon Magrin, Connor Scott.
Head Coach: Lee Greenwood.