Checkaine steals Reds victory
Another hard earned point on the road but it should have been three with Reds conceding a ninetieth minute equaliser.
“It was so nearly the perfect away performance,” according to joint-boss, David Hewson, who added, “but those are the fine lines we are dealing with.
“I had a gut feeling that we would get a response from the players after the disappointment at Witton Albion and, to a man, we certainly got that. We coped with the threat they posed but one slip has cost us what would have been a very satisfying win.”
Reds had gone in front after twenty-four minutes after a flowing move down the left involving Anthony Wright, Dav Symington and Sam Smith. The latter found himself in the Hednesford area only to have his run abruptly halted by Reece King’s unfair challenge.
The referee pointed to the spot and with regular takers, Rob Wilson and Conor Tinnion sitting in the dug-out, Scott Allison resumed responsibility. Goalkeeper, James Wren, got a hand to the ball but couldn’t complete the save.
And Reds comfortably held on to that lead until stoppage time when the Pitmen’s substitute, Checkaine Steele, collected a loose ball just outside the area and sent a low shot into the bottom corner of Aaran Taylor’s net.
Jubilation for the hosts, despair for Reds.
Even then, the excitement wasn’t over with Workington unlucky not to grab a winner during the four minutes of added time. A delightful cross from Symington saw Nathan Waterston meet the ball only to head against the crossbar and, in the ensuing scramble, Darren Campion’s lunging challenge on Allison went unpunished.
“A stonewall penalty,” claimed Hewson.
Allison had a magnificent game but he wasn’t alone with Symington’s performance close to his best in a Workington shirt. The back four as a unit were superb and the midfield trio of James Earl, Anthony Wright and Jordan Holt all put a shift in.
Holt had a great opportunity to clinch the game, however, but Wren saved well early in the second half which, ultimately, led to the late drama.
The referee produced the first yellow card in the fifth minute with Town’s Jordan Graham accused of simulation in the Workington area. Josh Calvert was punished soon after for a bout of wrestling with Danny Glover and, by the end of the afternoon, Reds had picked up three more bookings with Dan Wordsworth, Smith and Earl the recipients for repeated fouls.
Having dealt with Hednesford’s main threat of quickly getting the ball into the danger area via free kicks, corners and Ben Bailey’s long throws, it was ironic that Reds should concede the late leveller when the ball was actually on the grass.
So near yet so far.
Hednesford Town Wren, Melbourne, Campion, Bailey, Mutton, Fitzpatrick, King (Collins, 73), Thorley, Glover (Butlin, 71), Graham, Lawrie (Steele, 64). Substitutes Weir, Davies (not used).
Workington Taylor, Douglas, Smith, Wordsworth, Calvert, Wright, Earl (Wilson, 69), Holt, Waterston, Allison, Symington. Substitutes – Joel, Mellen, Rowntree, Fowler (not used).
Referee Mr J Nield
Bookings: Graham (Hednesford Town), Calvert, Smith, Wordsworth, Earl (Workington)