Two New signings at the Recreation Ground this week, while the popular
second rower Lee Mitchell has left the club to return home to Warrington.
On TuesdayWhitehaven have announced the signing of Halifax prop Ben Davies.
The former Wigan, Castleford and Widnes player has signed a two year deal
and is new boss Steve Deakin's first signing since he took over at The
Recre. Deakin said: "He's an outstanding signing for the club."This is
a real statement of intent." Davies made 15 appearances in total last
season for Halifax and Barrow scoring four tries. On Friday the club announced
the signing of Former Hull KR youngster Tyla Hepi.The 21-year-old has
been playing in Australia for the Wyong Roos in the New South Wales Cup
and will link up with the Cumbrians next season.Tyla is the son of former
Workington Town and Hull FC player Brad Hepi who also used to coach the
Gloucestershire All Golds. Leaving is Lee Mitchell, he commented ďItís
been a very tough decision to make. Itís not just been a rugby decision
but Iím happy with the choice Iíve made. Iíve had a couple of years travelling
and now I want to get some roots. Thereís more to life than rugby league.
But I would like to say a massive thanks to Dave Woods for all his help
last year and Iíd like to say a big thanks to Barry Richardson and Amanda
Hewer for everything they did for me too.Ē
Not for the first time this campaign Haven gifted the opposition scores through indiscipline and unforced errors .The Eagles could not belive their luck as Haven gifted them opportunities to post an 18-0 lead inside 14 minutes thanks to tries from Matt Garside, Kyle Briggs and Menzie Yere.
Haven composed themselves and replied through touchdowns from Jordan Burns and Shaun Ainscough with two Southernwood goals to trail 24-12 at the break.
The game ebbed and flowed in the second half as the two teams swapped scores Cain Southernwood converting his own try then Jessie Joe scored for Haven , though it took Shaun Ainscough second try two minutes from time to secure Whitehaven what could prove to be a crucial a bonus point as the game ended 36-28 to Sheffield.
In the end the Bonus point will be valuable , as Batley lost to Dewsbury , but that poor start cost Haven three points that they probably deserved from the game
(3/8/14) Town up to Sixth
Workington took the honours in this critical Kingstone Press Champiosnip clash with a seventh successive win. Town held on for a 20-18 win over Whitehaven in the west Cumbria derby at Derwent Park to climb to sixth place in the table, six points clear of Haven who remain in trouble in the fifth relegation spot. The home fans may have been celebrating afterwards, but Haven not for the first time this campaign were left reflecting on their own performance , and asking how did we lose this one ? Whitehaven led 16-12 after 55 minutes thanks to tries from centre Jessie Joe Parker and wingers Shaun Ainscough and Craig Calvert, plus two goals from Cain Southernwood, in response to first-half tries from Declan Hulme and Peter Lupton. Haven matched the Town blow for blow in this game , but in the end mistakes and indiscipline were their undoing. Full-back Lewis Tierney, one of four Wigan players turning out on a dual-registration , restored Workington's lead with a try on the hour when several Haven defenders were better placed to clear a kick through but failed to deal with it . Even then Haven looked to have enough in reserve to win it , after Southernwood had kicked the visitors level. A couple of good breaks took Haven within yards of the Town line , but while in possession Haven gave away a penalty through indiscipline , and the pressure was off the Town. Carl Forber landed a late penalty goal to edge his side to a precious victory, and left Haven to reflect on their own mistakes and unproffesional play that gave a an average Town outfit the win .
(27/7/14)Featherstone Rovers remain on course for a top-two finish in
the Kingstone Press Championship after completing a league double over
Whitehaven. The high Flying visitors won 35-24 but the West Yorkshire
outfit didnt have things all their own way.
Featherstone Rovers: Mendeika, Sharp, Worthington, Hardman, Crookes, Kain, Moore, Crossley, Ellis, James, Lockwood, Pick, Dale. Subs: Rooney, Annakin, Hirst, Bostock.
referee: Joe Cobb.
(20/7/14) Haven recent good run of results came to an abrupt halt at
Halifax who extended their unbeaten run to six matches with a 52-12 win.
Haven played well in patches but then allowed an enthusiastic Rams team back into the game several times in the 80 minutes. In the end they just about deserved the win with Craig Calvert scoring a well taken hat-trick, while Tom Carr and Shaun Ainscough scored two tries each for Whitehaven. Anthony Thackeray, Shane Grady, Karl Pryce, Sam Wood, Scott Hale, and Tommy Gallagher all crossed for Dewsbury.
Haven are now only two points behind Dewsbury in seventh place , as a
log jam of 5 teams in contetion for the last 4 promotion slots .The pressure
in now on and every game assumes a must win status
Haven fightback to Win at Barrow
Whitehaven came from behind to coast past Barrow 30-18 and move into the final play-off place(July 6 2014). Barrow were playing for their lives in Championship and started brightly , taking the intiative through tries from Ben Davies and Nathan Mossop, with Ryan Shaw adding the extras, put Barrow in charge.As the game progressed Haven asserted themselves and only trailed by two points at the interval, Cain Southernwood and Craig Calvert going over. Haven came out after the interval and picked up their game to dominate proceedings . Playing some expansive rugby they had the Barrow defence on the back foot Shaun Ainscough, Lee Mitchell and Jessie Joe Parker all claiming tries to help their side up to eighth in the table and render Mossop's second score of the afternoon redundant.
The other second half scorer was Craig Calvert whose second touchdown was his 200th for the club , congratulations to Craig on reaching this milestone
Match Report: Two weeks ago Haven lost at North Wales in the
dying stages of the game. Today another win was deied to Haven, this time
(June 29 2014) by Doncaster again scoring in the dying minutes of the
Whitehaven scored two tries in the last seven minutes to secure a crucial
28-18 win over relegation rivals Keighley in a re-arranged Kingstone Press
Championship match at the Recreation Ground.
Match Report June 1 2014:The roller coast ride that is Whitehaven 2014 rolled on as they edged to a narrow 24-22 Kingstone Press Championship win over Sheffield Eagles.
Following last week's heavy defeat at Featherstone the omens in the run up to this game were not good. Three players unavailable after that game through injury , an already thin Haven squad really needed a boost ,and that came in the form of Academy Players Callum Farrer and Kurtis Quinn.
The visitors took the lead after 5 minutes with an unconverted try , but Haven didnt let the pre game selection problems inhibit their performance as they played some good rugby to score three first half tries through Jessie Jo Parker , James Newton and debut boy Callum Farrer , who scored right on half time to put Haven 18 -16 ahead at the interval .
Craig Calvert scored the last of four tries in the 54th minute for Whitehaven, with Tom Carr adding a 64th-minute goal. Scott Turner scored a 75th-minute try for Sheffield which Michael Knowles converted, but it was not enough as Whitehaven held on for victory.
A deserved and maybe unexpected three points for the Haven ,that keeps their top 9 hopes very much alive.Can they keep that level of performance for the visit by Keighley on Tuesday 10th June ?
Tom Carr, Burns,Scott McAvoy,Jessie Jo Parker, Craig Calvert,Brett Seymour,Chris Taylor,James Robinson ,James Newton, Jason Hand, Larsen Marabe, Lee Mitchell,Lee Doran
Subs; Chris Thorman, Brad Crellin, Kurtis Quinn, Callum Farrar
Whitehaven RLFC have a new board member in the form of lifelong supporter and sponsor Gary Eilbeck, of Eilbeck Motors.
CEO Barry Richardson was delighted that he agreed to come on board, saying: Gary has been a great sponsor of the club and given so much support, especially in providing the van for the community team for a number of years.
Hes a great supporter of Whitehaven and it is really good that he has now come on board. One of his major responsibilities will be looking at ground improvements and developments.
The club are keen to keep updating the Recreation Ground in the near future and Richardson thanked all the volunteers who have been instrumental in the recent improvements.
We want to do our best to develop the Recreation Ground, added Richardson. This is all down to funding but fans will have seen there have been some improvements over recent weeks and we want to take that forward and we continue to look into various sources of funding.
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