NORTH WALES CRUSADERS were victims of their own downfall as Workington Town edged a tight affair 20-12 at Derwent Park in the Betfred League One. 

Despite taking a lead into half-time, Anthony Murray’s side came unstuck conceding four penalties in ten minutes which Workington kicked to re-take the lead.

The Crusaders started the game brightly, and their pressure nearly paid off with just three minutes gone as they were held up over the line.

With six minutes gone the visitors’ pressure paid off as they won a penalty which Tommy Johnson slotted over to give the Crusaders a 2-0 lead.

Workington hit back four minutes later scoring the first try of the afternoon. After stripping the ball from Johnson’s hands, Jamie Doran ran through the Crusaders’ defence to give Workington a 6-2 lead.

As both sides battled hard to gain control of the game, chances went begging at either end of the field. 

With two minutes of the first-half remaining, Crusaders re-took the lead thanks to Brad Brennan who ran over the Workington Town defence to score.

The Welsh outfit came close to opening the second-half scoring as Alex Davidson was held short of the Workington line.

Crusaders’ efforts in defence were then undone in the space of ten minutes as they conceded four penalties which were successfully kicked by Workington’s Carl Forber to give the hosts a 14-8 advantage.

The Town further extended their lead with ten minutes of the game remaining as Kane Barnes punished the Crusaders, scoring on the back of a penalty to take Workington’s lead to 20-8.

However, the Crusaders didn’t let their heads drop as moments later Kenny Baker sent Jake Knox over for a try on his debut to reduce the deficit to eight points.

As the game entered its final moments, the visitors looked to have scored again as Joe Lyons kicked through the Workington defence and Davidson gathered before grounding the ball, though the effort was ruled out for offside leaving the final score at 20-12.

Crusaders will now look to return to winning ways next weekend when they host Hemel Stags at the Queensway Stadium.