As North Wales Crusaders travel to Workington Town in their opening match of the League 1 season this Sunday, we take a look at some of the memorable matches between the two sides over the years.
Crusaders and Workington have come head-to-head on seven occasions in total.
Workington 10-11 Crusaders – May 25, 2014
During Crusaders’ only season in the Championship to date, Jamie Durbin kicked a drop-goal in the 79th minute to earn the Welsh side a dramatic victory.
Tries from Stuart Reardon and Stephen Bannister, with Connor Farrell replying for Town, gave North Wales a 10-6 half-time lead.
Although a Callum Phillips try late in the second-half pegged the score back to 10-10, Durbin came up with the all-important play.
Crusaders 8-12 Workington – July 27, 2014
Workington got their revenge for the agonising 11-10 defeat to Crusaders earlier in the season.
This time, it was the visitors who struck late as Graeme Mattinson grabbed a try on the full-time hooter to clinch the win.
North Wales thought they’d won it when Jono Smith had crossed in the 72nd minute, but there was one last twist.
Crusaders 24-25 Workington – June 11, 2017
Despite leading 18-14 at half-time, Crusaders ended up losing to Workington and it was Carl Forber’s drop-goal that proved to be the difference.
Tries from Corey Lee, Jack Houghton and Tommy Johnson had set up North Wales’ half-time lead, with Alex Davidson crossing in the second-half.
However, it wasn’t enough and Crusaders lost out by just the single point.
Although Crusaders face Workington this weekend, the opening home match of the season is against Oldham on March 3. The club have launched #CHALLENGE800 and there are plenty of ways you can get involved.