March 24 2012
The South Wales Scorpions avoided an upset in the Challenge Cup with a narrow 24-22 away win at Wath Brow Hornets in a game played at Whitehaven RLFC's Recreation Ground. Dave Clark's men ran over five tries - but were nearly dumped out of the competition in Cumbria against the National Conference Premier Side.
The Scorpions are one step closer to Wembley following a hard-fought third round Challenge Cup victory in Cumbria.
Dave Clark's men narrowly escaped Cumbria with a 24-22 win with a 67th minute try from debutant Greg Callow securing the Cup win for the South Walians.
The visitors took an early lead thanks to David James' unconverted try, but Francis King's quick-fire brace gave the Northern Conference outfit an 8-4 lead.
Hornets opened up a ten point lead when Peter Caddy converted Karl Dixon's try, but tries from Steve Parry and Rodney Peake placed the momentum back in Welsh hands.
Nevertheless, the Cumbrians had the lead at half-time. Substitute James Dixon punished sloppiness from the Scorpions as his unconverted try made it 18-16 at the break.
Peake and King exchanged tries after the re-start as the Hornets held onto their two-point advantage, but debutant Callow had the final say with an uncoverted try with 13 minutes to go and the Scorpions held on for a nervy win.
Clark will be relieved with this result, but will be concerned by the lack of discipline and the number of penalties given away by a Championship One outfit. On another day, Wath Brow could be celebrating a major upset.
Full Time - Wath Brow Hornets 22-24 Scorpions
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