Dewsbury Rams were knocked out of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup by Whitehaven this afternoon.

The Rams trailed from the eighth minute, when Jessie Joe Parker scored for the hosts.

Jordan Burns converted and added a penalty to put ‘Haven eight points in front, before Martyn Reilly crashed over for the Rams. Glover converted.

Carl Forster scored Whitehaven’s second try, and again Burns converted, and they went further in front through Jason Mossop.

The Rams hit back just before half-time through Jack Teanby,  but Parker added a second try after the restart to keep the Rams at arms length.

James Glover scored a great try for the Rams shortly after, but the visitors were unable to find a levelling score in the final quarter.

Stuart Howarth kicked a drop goal three minutes from full-time to seal the win.

Re-live the action courtesy of the Rams Twitter feed:


‘Haven: Abram, Burns, Mossop, Parker, Thompson, Aiye, Phillips, Shackley, Tilley, Forster, Cooper, Gillam, Howarth. Interchanges: Holliday, Coward, Billsborough, Brown.

01′ We’re underway at the Recreation Ground. Rams kick off to their hosts. 0-0

08′ Try Whitehaven. The ball is moved left and Parker scores. Burns adds the goal. 6-0

11′ Whitehaven extend their lead with a penalty goal from Burns. 8-0

13′ The penalty was given for a challenge off the ball. 8-0

17′ RAMS TRY! We’re on the board. Back to back penalties take us forward and Martyn Reilly charges over. Glover adds the goal. 8-6.

21′ Haven try. Player coach Carl Forster goes over from dummy half. Burns adds the two. 14-6.

35′ Haven try. A Rams kick is gathered by Thompson, who breaks, and Mossop scores on the next play. Burns adds the goal. 20-6

37′ RAMS TRY! A great response from the visitors as Jack Teanby drives over from close range. Glover adds the extras. 20-12.

40′ Half-time. A tough first half in Cumbria for the Rams. Tries from Teanby and Reilly, and two goals from Glover, keep us in it.

41′ Back underway at Whitehaven. Rams on the attack during the early stages. 20-12.

48′ Whitehaven Try. Parker in for a carbon copy of his first try as the ball is shipped left. Burns wide with the kick. 24-12.

55′ RAMS TRY! We respond once more. Aiye’s kick is collected by Glover, who races clear and beats the cover for a great try. He converts his own try. 24-18.

61′ Today’s attendance has been announced as 414. Thanks to all the Rams fans that have made the trip up. 24-18.

63′ Sam Day over for the Rams! …but play is brought back for offside. Rams pushing hard for a levelling score. 24-18.

66’ Aiye makes a break for ‘Haven and chips ahead, but Burns is unable to latch on to it. Rams back in possession. 24-18

71′ In to the final ten minutes at the Recreation Ground and six points remain between the sides. Come on Dewsbury! 24-18.

73’ Rams with all the pressure at the moment, but ‘Haven defending well. 24-18.

76’ Now ‘Haven have the penalty for an infringement at marker and the kick for touch. 24-18.

76’ Whitehaven with the ball, but play stopped as ‘Haven’s Phillips receives treatment. 24-18.

77’ ‘Haven drop goal. Howarth adds a point for the hosts from 30 metres out. 25-18.

77′ Cooper breaks from the kick-off for the home side. Howarth kicks early in the count, but Simpson gathers. 25-18.

78’ Moore tries the kick through and Glover chases, but Parker knocks it dead. ‘Haven to drop out. 25-18.

79′ Rams have the penalty. We have to find something here, you fancy. There’ll be time to add on. 25-18

80′ In added time at the Recreation Ground. Rams on the attack. 25-18.

80′ Phillips’ kick finds touch. Rams scrum 10 from our own line. 25-18.

80’+ Rams force another drop-out. 25-18.

80’+ Rams knock on and Thompson scoops up for the hosts. 25-18.

80′ It’s all over at the Recreation Ground. Despite tries from Teanby, Reilly and Glover, and three conversions, it’s Whitehaven who advance in the Challenge Cup. A huge ‘thank you’ to the Dewsbury supporters who travelled up.