Coalville’s Good Form Continues With Workington Win
Daniel Creaney netted twice and Nathan Watson scored one as the Ravens made it five wins from six in all competitions.
Coming into the game on a high following Tuesday’s Leicestershire Challenge Cup final victory over Loughborough Dynamo, Coalville brushed aside a youthful and stretched Workington side – who played away at Stalybridge just one day prior to the contest and named just one substitute.
Danny Jenno and Jermaine Hollis replaced Lee Torr and Kyle Dixon as Tommy Brookbanks made two alterations from Tuesday’s success at Holmes Park.
It was Coalville who came out on top on the night but the visitors could have easily taken the lead after six minutes. David Symington dinked a perfectly weighted ball through to Sheldon Mossop, whose stabbed effort towards goal was smothered by Elliott Taylor – full of confidence after his cup final penalty heroics.
Alex Howes responded with a similar effort two minutes later, getting a shot off from inside the area that couldn’t quite find its way in after Creaney flicked on Taylor’s long ball forward.
However, after another eight minutes had passed the Ravens carved themselves out an opener. Kyle Dixon picked the ball up on the left flank before lifting the ball into Creaney in the centre, with the Ravens forward guiding the ball into the top right via the hand of Aaron Taylor.
The hosts then stepped it up a gear as Howes lifted an effort over the bar and a Cleveland Taylor cross narrowly avoided Watson at the back post. But the Ravens soon got their just rewards thanks again to Creaney. The attacker was at the end of a fine team move which saw Steve Towers find Watson with an exemplary lofted ball, Watson then raced through on goal before squaring to Creaney for a tap in.
Jordan Holt went close to grabbing a goal for the visibly fatigued away side on both sides of the break. In the 41st minute the midfielder ponced on a sloppy Kyle Bryant pass and floated a shot wide before seeing his 52nd minute pot-shot deflect narrowly wide of the left post.
Just one minute later Coalville put the game beyond any doubt thanks to Watson, who tapped in from close range after Howes broke through the Red’s rear-guard and put it on a plate for the club player of the year.
Chances then became scarce as the ultimately meaningless fixture in terms of safety or promotion began to look exactly that. However Coalville produced moments of bright play throughout the contest, and this nearly led to a fourth as Creaney curled a shot just over from the cusp of the area.
Watson then demonstrated his wizardry in the 70th minute but ultimately lacked the final product. The Coalville trickster jinked his way into the box from the right, slickly manoeuvring past three defenders and the goalkeeper before his attempted cutback to Creaney was intercepted.
Substitute Alex Dean did attempt to add icing to the cake after 82 minutes, with the piping at the ready and the sponge prepared it was all set, but the winger’s placed effort bounced back off the post after it seemed a certain goal.
Coalville now just have two games remaining – and the final ever two under the guidance of Brookbanks – starting with the league season finale at the Mander Cruickshank Stadium on Saturday, where they face 10th placed Rushall.