By Dave Farrell
Keighley 4- 30 Whitehaven
THE pack were as strong as ever. The Widnes result was a sad
slip...so close! (Marra adds:" Cast your minds back a year
and think what a difference a good coach can make? As the team
and coach push the name of Whitehaven when will we see more backing
from big business in the town."
Tries: Purdham, Joe, Devlin and Kirkbride Conversions: Kirkbride
An injury hit Whitehaven chalked up a very handy win at Cougar
park and moved into 9th postion in the league and nearer to the
Injuries are something we are learning to live with but after
Sunday game resources were stretched to the limit. Lee Kiddie
at full back, Ryan Campbell on the wing , Robert Purdham and
Ian Devlin in the centre Phil Sherwn and Gary Smith exchanged
places from Sunday.
Keighley's problems have been well covered in the media but that
didnt stop them putting up a spirited and enthusiatic display
.They dominated the early play and took the lead with an early
try.The Cougars certainly looked up for it in the first quater
but thereafter our forwards got on top and bossed matters to
set up trys for Robert Purdham and Leroy Joe both converted by
Steven Kirkbride added the extras to give us a 12-4 lead at the
Another strong showing from the inexperienced Cougars kept us
on the back foot for the early part of the second half, but Robert
Purhams second try with less than 20 minutes remaining signalled
the limit of Keighleys enterprise.Haven coasted to a useful victory
with further trys from Steven Kirkbride and Ian Devlin . Three
second half goals from Steven Kirkbride completed the scoring
as we ran out comfortable winners by 30 pts to 4.
The pack laid the foundations for this win with Aaron again in
good form closely followed by Garry Purdham.
A welcome rest this weekend , allowing Paul Cullens squad to
regroup and get some much needed rest and re-cuperation.Next
game is on May 20 by then some of the walking wounded will be
back in action for another crucial fixture when we visit Leigh.