Skelton marks his return with a win against his old side
Workington’s injury crisis deepened after this entertaining friendly with Jake Simpson the latest to be struck by the curse ...
... which has claimed so many of the senior players.
With Scott Allison, Gari Rowntree and Rob Wilson already watching from the sidelines, the last thing David Hewson wanted was seeing his skipper hobble off to join them.
Injuries apart, this was another worthwhile exercise against Gavin Skelton’s shadow squad with Queens just about deserving the victory. On a miserable summer evening and the floodlights on from the start, the Dumfries outfit came from behind to emerge narrow winners.
1 Kyle May loses possession in the game’s first attack but Lyndon Dykes’ shot is pushed onto the post, and to safety, by a superb Aaran Taylor save.
2 Richard Murray’s intended back pass is way short of his ‘keeper allowing Tom Kilifin to intercept and pass the ball into the net for a well taken opening goal.
5 Joe McGee breaks clear down the right but the angle is too tight and he shoots into the side netting.
10 Queens level matters with a Steven Rigg goal – he controls the ball well and beats Taylor with a good finish after Dykes provides the assist.
25 Aidan Smith’s free-kick from outside the box is pushed over the bar by Taylor.
35 The impressive Dykes sees another shot hit the post as Queens enjoy a period of domination.
37 Simpson looks in a bit of discomfort as he limps out of the action. He’s replaced by Nathan Waterson who comes on for his debut.
47 Lee Jolly cuts in from the left but his accurate shot is comfortably gathered by Jim Atkinson.
58 Dykes involved again as good approach play by Queens culminates in Smith’s shot being parried by Tom Fowler’s fine save.
73 Waterson’s shot from distance is on target but Atkinson gathers in routine fashion.
75 David Symington connects sweetly with a thirty yarder and a goal-bound shot is bravely deflected for a corner by a Queens defender.
85 The Doonhamers grab a late winner with Dean Brotherston cleverly lifting the ball over Fowler at the Town End of the ground.
Due to the shortage of personnel, Conor Tinnion was employed in a central midfield role and he again emerged Reds’ best on the night with encouraging contributions from newcomers Kilifin and Waterson. McGee got another forty five minutes game time and, even in defeat, there were plenty of positives for Hewson to reflect on.
And a final word or two from the returning Gavin Skelton, “It was great to come back to Borough Park and I thought it was a good workout for both sides.”
Workington: Taylor (Fowler, 46), Simpson (Waterson, 38), Pearson, May, Douglas, Calvert, Symington, Tinnion, Kilifin (Carter, 73), McGee (Jolly, 46), Hebson. Substitute – Stamp (not used).
Queen of the South: Atkinson (Leighfield, 88), Brannan, Evans (Glean, 73), Pickard (Bell, 50), Hooper, Murray, Smith (Thompson, 80), Moxon, Dykes (Nelson, 58), Rigg (Murray, 46), Brotherston.
Referee: Anthony Backhouse, Brampton