The meeting of these West Cumbrian rivals took place at Aspatria on Saturday, when the homesters once more secured the verdict. In spite of Workington's victorious career during past seasons, they have never yet beaten Aspatria at Aspatria, and only on one occasion have Workington escaped being beaten at the mining centre, viz, last season's cup-tie (3 points each). The fine work of the home pack laid the foundation of their ultimate success. J. D. BEATTIER and CLEMENTSON, two ex-Cumberland forwards, were in great form, ably assisted by HANVEY, WARD, and ASKEW. The outstanding player on the field was the Cumberland captain T. E. HOLIDAY, who time and again covered up the mistakes of the home backs in masterly manner.
On the Workington side the brothers LITTLE proved a great tower of strength, whilst H. FLETCHER was much the better of the two fullbacks. Aspatria, about mid-way in the second half, were unfortunate to lose the services of A. TWEDDLE, their left-centre.
Aspatria kicked off. J. LITTLE at length cleared the danger and SATTERTHWAITE and OSTLE, with the ball at their feet, penetrated the home quarters, EASTERBROOK making a dashing save. At the other end H. FLETCHER effected a nice save as WARD was dribbling strongly for the line. Good forward play by BEATTIE and WARD got to within measurable distance of their opponents' line, and eventually got over to lose possession.
Aspatria were then placed on the defensive mainly through the fine play of T. LITTLE. The Aspatria pack soon renewed their attack and dribbled over the visitors' line. A. TWEDDLE scoring a good try, T. E. HOLLIDAY landing a fine goal. Half-time: Aspatria 5 points, Workington nil.
On crossing, HOLLIDAY made a fine run for the homestars, and was forced to touch near the visitors "25" flag. Good play by CLEMENTSON, HANVERY, and TWEDDLE, forced play to the visitors' line. Workington packed strongly and again cleared their line.
Following a brief invasion by the Magpies, BEATTIE and ASKEW dribbled to within eight yards of their opponents' line. >From the next "scrum" the home backs opened out, and A. TWEDDLE was going strongly for the line, when he was well tackled by T. LITTLE.
Workington dashed away again, and took play into home territory. The ball was difficult to handle and T. LITTLE, picking up smartly, forced himself through the opposition and scored a fine try. The same players failed with the place-kick. Result: --
Aspatria 1 goal (5 pts.)
Workington 1 try (3 pts.)