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No christening win for Haven in LEL Arena PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Tuesday, 04 May 2021

roden try.pngWhitehaven scored first and last at the LEL Arena but they couldn’t manage a win for the new stadium sponsors.

It was Bradford Bulls who came out on top 30-22 and Haven’s search for a first win over the Yorkshire side continues to top the fifty-year mark.

It was Bradford’s third Championship win in a row, to take them fourth in the table but Haven’s defeat, their third in four games, puts them next to bottom.

Not for the first time it was Haven’s inability to take more care of the ball which cost them or they would have been very much closer to the visitors.

Whitehaven had taken the lead on 11 minutes when winger Andrew Bulman touched down after a knock-on from opposite number Andrew Foggin-Johnston. Lachlan Walmsley was unable to convert.

The lead only lasted six minutes as Steve Crossley finished-off against a depleted home defence and Danny Brough landed the first of his five goals.

Three minutes later Haven were undone again when winger Joe Brown finished-off a smart handling move.

It got worse for Haven on 30minutes when Brandon Pickersgill made the line after a penalty had put the Bulls in a good attacking position.

All Haven could manage at the end of the half was a Walmsley penalty, awarded after the hooter had sounded.jessie joe parker.png

There was more success for Haven right at the start of the second-half when Jessie Joe Parker finished off a good move by touching down but unfortunately Walmsley’s conversion attempt came back off the post.

The hosts should have got even closer but unfortunately Jason Mossop dropped the ball with the try line open and within minutes Bradford extended their lead with a try from Ebon Scurr, converted by Brough.

Whitehaven had the chance to get back into the game when Bradford had former Haven loanee Levy Nzoungou was sin-binned for a bad tackle on Liam Cooper which ended his participation in the game.

Unfortunately Haven simply couldn’t keep the ball and only managed to complete one set while the Bradford prop was off the field.

To make matters worse the 12 men scored themselves with Crossley’s second of the game following a rare handling error by Walmsley.

At 30-10 with 16 minutes left it looked in the bag for Bradford but to their credit, Whitehaven produced a late rally and in the closing three minutes there were tries for Mossop and Aiden Roden.

BEN CHALLIS was pitch-side on Sunday to snap Aiden Roden twisting in the tackle to score his first Haven try, while Jessie Joe Parker runs hard at the Bradford defence.

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