Clinical Reds see off Sports
The highlight of this game, perhaps the season so far, was Reds’ third goal in the eighty-fourth minute.
Scott Allison started the incisive move playing the ball out wide to Nathan Waterston who quickly looked up to see Phil McLuckie making a charge through the middle. In one swift movement, displaying vision and precision, Waterston played a stunning assist into McLuckie and, taking the ball in his stride, he advanced towards the Town End goal before planting an unstoppable shot past Sports’ ‘keeper, Lewis King.
A great goal which epitomised the game in general, Workington were clinical when chances came their way whereas Mickleover, who played some wonderful passing football, rarely looked like scoring. At times, they were guilty of playing too much football.
The Derbyshire outfit started brightly and vastly experienced duo, Pablo Mills and player-manager, John McGrath, combined to carve out the game’s first chance. McGrath sent over a well flighted corner and Mills met the ball only for his header to be comfortably gathered by Aaran Taylor.
Evan Garnett then broke through Reds’ rearguard a little too easily but, as Taylor advanced off his line, Sports’ number ten guided the ball wide of the far post. A well struck Andy Dales shot was easily collected by Taylor and, after that early activity inside the opening ten minutes, the visitors didn’t have another serious attempt at goal, despite dominating the possession throughout.
Workington got their noses in front after thirteen minutes and, to be fair, against the run of play. Conor Tinnion’s original corner was cleared but, at the second attempt, his cross found Dan Wordsworth who scored his first goal of the season with a well directed glancing header.
The second goal, just before the interval, was also credited to Dan-the-man but was controversial to say the least. Tinnion again provided the assist and Wordsworth appeared to be dragged to the ground and he handled the ball in the process. The ball finished in the net and the referee awarded the goal when either a penalty to the hosts or a free kick to Sports seemed the more logical option.
Mickleover appealed with some justification but the goal stood and Wordsworth doubled his tally.
Reds had two scares in the second half, one of which saw a Taylor clearance charged down by Dales but the ‘keeper recovered to clear the danger. Then Garnett headed wide when it looked easier to score via Jake Scott’s cross from the right.
Apart from McLuckie’s superb goal, the energetic midfielder had genuine claims for a penalty rejected when cleverly barged out of the way by Alex Morris and was inches away from scoring a second after intelligent play from Matty Douglas created the opening.
The win, Reds ninth on home soil, lifted them to a seasonal high 5th place and left Lee Andrews well satisfied.
“As expected, Mickleover moved the ball about well but we defended superbly and they rarely troubled us and, with no injuries to report, we can now start preparing for the visit of Hartlepool.”
Workington Taylor, Douglas, Rowntree, Wordsworth, Calvert, Wright, Symington (Waterston, 75), McLuckie, Allison, Joel (Earl, 85), Tinnion. Substitutes – Mellen, Whitehead and Wilson (not used).
Mickleover Sports King, Grocott, Turner, McGrath, Mills, Burgin, Dales, Scott, Morris (Grayson, 67), Garnett, Phillips. Substitutes – Timms, Horne, Morrison (not used).
Referee Chris Ellis, Newton Aycliffe
Bookings: King, McGrath, Burgin (Mickleover Sports)