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Coalville Town
Sat 25 Mar 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier - Premier Division Full time Attendance 191

Reds remain consistently inconsistent

The ‘excuses for defeat’ folder has had plenty of use this season as Reds suffered another damaging reverse in the Leicestershire sunshine.

And like many of the previous fourteen losses, this one ran a similar theme in that we remain consistently inconsistent.

We are either good or poor with no middle ground, win well loose badly. Our inability to scrap for a draw on the regular off day has proved costly. Another five or six draws from those games we have lost would have made all the difference.

The upshot on this occasion was that Coalville deservedly completed a league double at our expense as Reds never looked like converting bags of possession into anything more tangible.

Indeed, the stoppage time consolation we did register was an own-goal from home defender Danny Jenno. By then, though, the analysis on league defeat number fifteen was well under way.

Reds never got going in the first half and we know what usually follows when that intensity is lacking.

And so it proved, Coalville opened the scoring and we end-up chasing the game – something we haven’t been particularly good at this season.

An assistant referee had awarded the hosts a corner which Reds’ skipper Gari Rowntree disputed. Rightly or wrongly, the set piece still has to be defended but Jack McMillan’s cross to the far post was met by Nat Watson and, unmarked, he converted with ease.

That was probably the major talking point of the half until things got a bit feisty just before the break. An off the ball incident saw hero Watson turn villain when his arm made contact with Jake Simpson’s face and he was promptly shown a straight red from referee Greg Rollason.

There was still time for another unpleasant incident when Scott Allison and Town goalkeeper, Matthew Coton, collided as both made genuine attempts to get the ball.

Sensing it might be an opportunity to square–up the manning levels, there was an over-reaction from the ‘keeper, a bit of a fracas and a booking for Allison.

More goal mouth activity in the second half suggested the game had improved but only because the opening forty five minutes had been so poor.

Aaran Taylor had to save well to prevent Town adding to their lead, diving to his right on two occasions to thwart first Massiah McDonald and then Malachi Lavelle-Moore.

At the other end, Reds best effort saw David Symington cut in from the left and send in a low shot which struck the foot of the upright.

Sam Joel saw one header saved by Coton and another flash past the near post, Simpson blasted over from an acute angle and Josh Calvert headed over from close range as Reds tried in vain to get back on terms.

But Coalville managed the game well, won most of the defensive duels and often looked a threat on the break.

Their second and decisive goal after seventy nine minutes summed up Workington’s frustrations. Lavelle-Moore’s shot hit colleague Alex Dean and deflected past the stranded Taylor with the scorer knowing very little about what he had achieved.

In keeping with a scrappy game, Reds’ goal had a touch of good fortune about it too. Sam Smith sent a long ball forward, Allison managed to flick it on and defender, Jenno, headed the ball past Coton and into the net.

Plenty to reflect upon on the long journey home.

Coalville Town Coton, Bryant, Torr, Jenno, Freeman, Brown, Marshall (Dean, 75), Towers, McDonald (Lavelle-Moore, 66), Watson, McMillan (Coleman, 77). Substitutes – Foster, Bowles (not used).

Workington Taylor, Simpson, Rowntree, May (Waterston, 79), Smith, Calvert, Allison, Tinnion, Ryan (Wilson, 46), Joel, Symington. Substitutes – Douglas, Cham, Fowler (not used).

Referee Greg Rollason, Birmingham

Bookings: Lee Torr, Massiah McDonald (Coalville Town), Scott Allison (Workington)

Red card: Watson (Coalville Town)

Attendance 191

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