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Heartbreak as Swinton Lions held at Zebra stadium

It was always going to be a tough game for Swinton against Workington Town as both hold the unenviable statistic of the worst defences in he league.

Both have shipped over 620 points this season already, so both sets of fans were expecting a points-fest, but despite terribly wet conditions both sides acquitted themselves well for a 10-10 draw.

Workington are fighting for their lives to stay up, while Swinton are ten points and five places higher.

Town took the lead after 11 minutes when Jamie Doran cut inside from the left and Jarrod Sammut added the simple conversion.

The lead lasted less than five minutes. Macaulley Hallett intercepted a stray Town pass on the right, handing it to Liam Marshall who raced a full 80 metres to score at the other end, with and Chris Atkin adding the conversion.

Workington were reduced to 12 men after quarter of an hour when Rob Lever was tripped by Liam McAvoy while on a clear run to the line 10 metres out.

Lever too had to limp off with a shin injury as McAvoy was sin-binned.

Swinton heads dropped when Sammut missed two kickable penalties, first striking the posts from 10 metres out and when whipping the ball wide from 20 metres.

Frustration boiled over for Matty Beharrell who was sin-binned with seconds left in the half for throwing the ball away after a penalty.

The Lions could have taken the lead on 45 minutes when Hallett was high-tackled but Atkin was unable to convert against the breeze from 30 metres out.

Sammut eventually put his team back into the lead on 54 minutes when he kicked a 25-metre penalty for a high tackle.

Defences were on top until Town went further ahead on 68 minutes: Sammut kicked a penalty from 40 metres and it looked like the home side might have done enough.

But the Lions never gave in.

When Atkin found a nice pass for Marshall to race in, he dived for the corner for his second try with just over two minutes left.

It was last-minute heartbreak for Swinton as Atkin could not convert from the touchline and the game ended with Beharrell trying to add a drop goal which fell well short.

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