Whitehaven leave Newcastle winless

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Whitehaven have claimed their first win of the season after a 29-20 victory over Newcastle Thunder at the Recreation Ground.

The hosts opened the scoring after 12 minutes, as Andrew Bulman managed to get over out wide after chasing down a kick. Lachlan Walmsley scored the conversion to open up a six-point lead.

Six minutes later, Haven doubled their advantage, as Connor Holliday managed to get himself over. Walmsley kicked the conversion.

Just past the first quarter, Walmsley extended that lead to 14 points, after a penalty.

Newcastle soon hit back, as Kieran Gill cut through a gap to go over. Josh Woods converted to reduce the deficit to eight points.

However, Whitehaven struck again just past the half-hour, as Bulman got in out wide, as Haven made their pressure count. Walmsley missed the conversion for the first time.

Just before the hour, Haven got their fourth try of the afternoon, after Karl Dixon showed good feet to evade the defence and got over. Walmsley was back on target with the conversion to open up their 14-point lead.

Newcastle hit back for the second time seven minutes later, as Jack Johnson was put through a gap by Woods to score. Woods missed the conversion.

However, the Thunder got their third try soon after to really make a game of it. Sam Wilde marked his 100th career appearance with a try after being put through. Woods converted to bring them back to within eight points.

But Whitehaven would get the job done, as Walmsley managed to get to the ball amid a scramble in the in-goal area. He missed the conversion.

But that would not matter, as with two minutes to go, he slotted a drop-goal.

Newcastle would get the final word as Alex Clegg went over on the last play. Woods missed the conversion, meaning they lost by nine points.

Both sides return to league action next week. Whitehaven travel to Featherstone Rovers next Sunday, while Newcastle welcome Sheffield Eagles later that day.

Whitehaven: Lachlan Walmsley, Jason Mossop, Chris Taylor, Jesse Joe Parker, Andrew Bulman, Karl Dixon, Nikau Williams, Tom Walker, Aiden Roden, Andrew Dawson, Connor Holliday, Ellis Gillam, Tom Wilkinson.

Subs: Liam Cooper, James Newton, Karl Olstrom, Dean Zammit.

Head Coach: Gary Charlton.

Newcastle Thunder: Lewis Young, Jack Johnson, Calum Turner, Kieran Gill, Alex Clegg, Jake Shorrocks, Josh Woods, Nathan Wilde, Evan Simons, Mikey Wood, Cole Oakley, Sam Wilde, Liam McAvoy.

Subs: Ted Chapelhow, Jay Chapelhow, Evan Hodgson, Reece Dean.

Head Coach: Eamon O’Carroll.

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Steven Hughes

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