Haven had to dig deep in the final quarter of this clash, to finally prevail over a determined Newcastle Thunder side .
Haven looked good in the first quarter of this game and when Elliott Miller went over for a try on his 100th Pro game it was 6 nil to Haven and they looked as though they could go on and dominate the game . However the Thunder had other ideas as they levelled the score just 4 minutes later through winger Blair : and that set the tone for the rest of the game . Jordan Burns and Scott McAvoy touched down but Thunder hit back with a try through ex Haven Player Rhys Clarke to make the half time score Haven 14 Thunder 12 .
The second half saw the visitors start well but it was Haven who extended their lead with a converted Scott McAvoy Try to lead 20 to 12
On the hour however the Haven lead looked shaky as Thunder winger Blair secured his brace with an interception try converted by Hardcastle and when the half-back was presented with a long range penalty effort to square up the scores at 20 all .
Haven were looking vulnerable at this point and the outcome of the game was in the balance , However a great run by Player Coach Carl Foster saw him score and put Haven back ahead with 12 minutes remaining , before a penalty soon after re-established an eight point cushion over Thunder.
The game was over with 5 minutes remaining when Glenn Riley scored by the post and with the extras added Haven were home by 34 points to 20 .
Whitehaven RLFC squad
Elliot Miller, Craig Calvert, Jessie Joe Parker, Chris Taylor, Jordan Burns, Ste Roper, Paul Crook, Marc Shackley, Tyrone Dalton, Carl Forster, Connor Holliday, Scott McAvoy, James Tilley, Glenn Riley, James Newton, Dave Thompson, Tommy Holland