Reds all at sea at Marine
“Too many of our players were not at the races tonight,” was David Hewson’s honest assessment of Reds’ poor showing at College Road, where they failed to win for the first time in five league visits.
“We were not as clinical as we had been in the opening game and it was unusual for us to concede two goals as easily as we did,” he added.
So the joy of the opening day win quickly turned to disappointment after a disjointed display left Marine deserved winners.
They responded from a heavy defeat with enthusiasm and spirit which Reds couldn’t quite match.
It was only when they were two-nil down, and chasing the game, that Reds asserted some authority on proceedings and, by then, it was too little, too late.
An even first half was played at a good tempo but clearly lacked finesse from both sets of players.
Scott Allison, Jack Ryan and Rob Wilson all lacked composure when early chances came their way with Marine’s best effort from James Edgar comfortably gathered by Aaran Taylor.
A Jake Simpson free kick was slapped away by Marine’s erratic ‘keeper, Germano Mendes, and, from the subsequent corner, Josh Calvert’s goal-bound header was cleared off the line by Peter Wylie.
Calvert was then hoodwinked by Danny Mitchley in his own area and, according to the referee, conceded a thirty-second minute penalty for a foul on the home skipper. Mitchley took the spot-kick himself but was thwarted by Taylor’s fine save.
Play immediately switched to the other end and Workington claims, for what looked a more genuine penalty, were turned down after Sam Joel had been blatantly pushed.
The half ended with Billy Smart scooping a chance over the bar for Marine then David Symington seeing a low shot pushed away for a corner by Mendes.
Within four minutes of the restart, Reds’ usually reliable defence was breached a little too easily. Dean Shacklock sent a great ball into the near post and Smart timed his run to perfection to open the scoring.
Joel then squandered the visitors’ best opportunity in what proved a pivotal moment. Ryan did ever so well to dispossess two defenders and set-up his strike partner who, with time and space, dragged his shot hopelessly wide of the target.
A good one, two between Joel and Ryan released the former but a wonderful tackle from Michael Grogan preserved Marine’s lead as the Reds’ striker was about to pull the trigger.
The Crosby side doubled their lead after sixty three minutes with poor Reds defending from a corner proving costly. Adam Hughes reacted quickest to a knock-down in the box and Taylor was helpless as he swept the ball into the net.
Reds were playing the long ball too often but it nearly worked on one occasion. Ryan guided Taylor’s clearance into Simpson’s path but the latter side footed wide of the target.
And in the final attack, Jamie Mellen crossed from the left and Ryan, Workington’s best on the night, could only head the ball onto the roof of the net.
Marine Mendes, Wylie, Short, Hughes, Grogan, Smart, Murray, Bailey, Mitchley (Hamilton, 86), Hassall (Shacklock, 10), Edgar. Substitutes – Strickland, Kisimba, Shaw (not used).
Workington Taylor, Simpson, Smith, Wordsworth, Calvert, Earl (Douglas, 50), Symington (Mellen, 77), Wilson, Ryan, Joel, Allison. Substitutes – MacDonald, Williams, Fowler (not used).
Referee Michael Barlow, Bolton
Bookings: Bailey (Marine), Wordsworth, Allison (Workington).