RHINOS HELP CLEAR CUMBRIANS' DEBTS

The enduring importance of the Powergen Challenge Cup will be nowhere more keenly felt than this weekend when the game’s oldest competition promises to work its magic.

The enduring importance of the Powergen Challenge Cup will be nowhere more keenly felt than in Cumbria this weekend when the game’s oldest competition promises to work its magic on Workington Town. John Ledger in this morning’s Yorkshire Post revealed that the visit of Leeds Rhinos to Derwent Park on Sunday is poised to represent a watershed day in the history of a club who not too long ago counted themselves among the game’s elite. Eight years have elapsed since Workington bowed out of Super League after an inglorious season which saw them win just two matches but time has done nothing to diminish their ambitions or their pride. The arrival of a new board of directors has seen Workington gain the upper hand in their long struggle against the financial pressures of life in the lower divisions and the arrival of Leeds could see them become debt-free for the first time in many years. "If we attract a crowd of between 5,000 and 5,500 then our remaining debt would be wiped out. That would a fantastic position to be in," said Workington’s chairman Dave Bowden. "However, this tie isn’t just about money. We could have cleared the debts by switching the tie to Headingley but there is so much more to gain by having Leeds come here. "A match against the Rhinos is a wonderful opportunity for our supporters to see world-class players playing in west Cumbria. "That will also help us to develop the game over here and rebuild the club." Bowden and his fellow directors have managed to reduce Workington’s debts to just £25,000 – a figure some other National League clubs could only dream of – and he is hoping a sizeable travelling contingent of Leeds fans will help chip away at what remains.