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Rugby Union: Woods woe as troops slip up.


DAVE Woods has called on his Gateshead players to help him rebuild some credibility and instill pride into the Thunder ranks after another agonising defeat.

Woods' men threw away a blistering start and failed to exploit an extra man advantage against Workington Town yesterday, who stole away from Gateshead Stadium with a 36-32 win despite toiling most of the afternoon with 12 men.

The visitors had Dexter Miller sent off for a dangerous trip, but shook off the disadvantage, held their nerve and went home with the points.

Thunder opened the scoring through Pat Williamson, but immediately after Miller's dismissal, Town roared into proceedings through Shaun Lunt.

Neil Frazer added a second try before Neil Thorman hit back for Thunder before the break.

Steve Ormesher went over right after the turnaround before two Franco Kmet tries cancelled out Michael Knowles' effort.

Darren King edged the visitors sufficiently ahead after Thorman had a breakaway score cruelly ruled out for offside, and despite an impressive rally with scores from Shane Wooden, Knowles again and Steve Bradley, Town held on.

Woods could not believe his men had let it slip away again.

He said: "We dug our own grave, we should not have been in the position to be playing catch-up rugby.

"But all those stupid penalties let them into it - they were down to 12 men and all we had to do was keep the ball in hand and they would tire, and we didn't do that.

"I was pleased with the effort to make it a contest, but we still end with nothing.

"We are just playing for next season now and have to build for next year, hopefully through some positive results."

Woods slammed the match officials for chalking off what looked a perfectly good Neil Thorman try.

He said: "How the touch judge can call on him being 10 metres when the guy on the other side has been calling that all game and the referee has been ignoring it, is beyond me.

"I thought it was particularly harsh, but then we are just not getting anything at the moment and to be honest, we need to be making our own luck.

"But more than anything yet again the lads need to look at themselves about all those silly mistakes.

"We talk time and time again about cutting it out, and so do they, and then they go out there and do it again.

"The lads can see the improvement but we are still not getting any joy and that is the disappointing thing."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 30, 2007
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