It looked like it was going to be a close game, but Lithgow ran away with a 24-12 win against Bathurst Panthers at Tony Luchetti Sportsground on Saturday, August 29.
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The under 18 Workies Wolves side hadn't had a win in quite a few weeks and they were out to prove that they were a side that shouldn't be ruled out.
Workies coach Ben Lane said the match was pretty scrappy but it was good to get a win.
"We were probably a bit rusty from not playing for a couple of weeks," he said.
Lane said he thought there were a lot of calls that went against his side in the first half.
"But they stuck to their guns and came home pretty well, but to that, Panthers lost a few players and that didn't help them," he said.
Going into half time 8-6, Lithgow up by two, it was anybody's game.
Coming out of the change rooms at half time, Lithgow had a renewed energy, taking another try in the first few minutes and going ahead 10-6.
But then it looked like the tide was going to turn when Danny Peters got sent from the field, leaving Lithgow a man short.
Two minutes after Peters was sent from the field, Bathurst made their attack and scored in the right corner, levelling the score board, going two points ahead.
"Our goal kicking was off so the score could have been a fair few more but to the boys credit, they hung in there to get the win," Lane said.
It wasn't until the final quarter when Lithgow really ran away with the game, taking their first try only two minutes in.
Lithgow then showed their power by finding the try line with 10 minutes remaining, and Cooper Egan took the conversion to take the score to 20-12.
To really seal the deal Peters put in the final try of the match in the right corner to take Lithgow to a 24-12 win.
"I thought Sam Lane our full back was really good, he saved a few tries and scored a try and Danny Peters our five eighth, I thought he played really well and probably Ben Fraser our front runner, those three stood out," Lane said.
"Lachlan Taylor and Oscar Gordon also played pretty well I thought."
Lithgow now has to back it up on Tuesday night at 7.45pm in Orange against CYMS' for the game that was cancelled due to snow.
"We need to play because if we win that game then we are still in with a chance to finish in the top three, so we need to play it," he said.
The Wolves will then go on to play Bathurst St Pats on Sunday, September 6 .
"So we will have three games this week and if we can win all three that would be nice but I don't want to get too ahead of myself," he said.
"It will be pretty tough backing up because CYMS' will be fresh as they had the bye this weekend."
Lithgow will also be missing star player Zane Harrington who is out with a hamstring injury.
"He won't be back and that will be a tough loss because Harrington scored two tries for us in this match, so we will be missing him," Lane said.
Getting into the top three has always been the Wolves' goal.
"Well that was our goal the whole year, we probably should be there but we've blown our chances with a few of the close games we've lost," he said.
"It is what it is really and it's a good learning curve mainly for the younger ones that are coming back next year."
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