Egan and Holt open their senior goals account
It’s not often Reds put struggling sides to the sword but they did on this occasion as they completed a league double over the division’s bottom club.
Yet there wasn’t any indication of what was to follow after a sloppy opening twenty minutes saw the west Cumbrians a goal down and considerably out of sorts.
Daniel Udoh’s superb shot on the turn in the fifth minute caught Reds unawares and it took a while for them to recover. And as they struggled to get a foothold, John McAtee came close to doubling the early advantage.
His first attempt was punched clear by Aaran Taylor who then produced a diving save after the player, on loan from Shrewsbury Town, dispossessed James Earl to create his own opportunity.
Gradually, though, Reds began to assert some authority on proceedings and if Halesowen’s goal was spectacular the Workington equaliser was pure football. Involving the midfield trio of Earl, Jordan Holt and Conor Tinnion, it culminated in the latter’s precise through ball finding top scorer Scott Allison who netted the thirty-fifth minute equaliser with aplomb.
Three minutes later, Reds were in front and from thereon it was a straightforward path to victory.
They were helped on their way by some calamitous defending by a home side low on confidence. Jack Kelly’s wayward header set-up an opening for Jack Egan who gleefully headed home his first senior goal – not from close range as you might think but from the edge of the area, the ball entering the net via an upright.
Any hopes of a Yeltz recovery were extinguished within three minutes of the restart, with Egan scoring again. Tinnion’s miscued shot had skidded across the face of the goal but the alert Egan slid in at the far post to deflect the ball into the roof of the net.
It got even better for Workington who scored a stunning fourth goal after fifty minutes, putting the game beyond the shell-shocked hosts. The impressive Holt, enjoying his best ninety minutes in Workington colours, fed the ball wide to Allison on the flank. He jinked inside and crossed towards the near post area where David Symington made the sweetest of connections to thunder a superb half volley past Daniel Platt.
Halesowen were down and out but they got off the canvas to try and make it a respectable defeat. Taylor denied them with a handful of fine saves and Jake Simpson headed one goal-bound effort clear and blocked another shot on its way into the net.
But Reds had the final say and a curling Tinnion effort from distance hit the post and rebounded into play before they concluded the scoring with another good goal, seconds before the end.
Earl’s outrageous assist, a clever chip over Town’s static defence, sent Holt in the clear and it was fitting that he wrapped up a good afternoon’s work with an accomplished finish – his first goal in senior football, too, and one his Uncle Grant would have been proud of!
David Hewson praised his troops after a ‘sloppy start’ saying, “There were good performances all over the pitch and their attitude, desire and work-rate was first class.”
Halesowen Town Platt, Thomas, Kelly, Finny, Smith, Morrison, Shearer (Spray, 71), Bragoli, Udoh (Diop, 79), McAtee, Chilton (Agbor, 46). Substitutes – Charlton, Woodhouse (not used).
Workington Taylor, Simpson, Smith, Wordsworth, Calvert (Rowntree, 72), Earl, Symington (Mellen, 81), Holt, Allison, Egan (Joel, 79), Tinnion. Substitutes – Waterston, Douglas (not used).
Referee Greg Rollason, Wolverhampton
Bookings: Thomas, Bragoli, Agbor (Halesowen Town), Calvert (Workington)