Reds flounder in the Borough Park mud
Whether it’s a good or a bad run your team is on, the sequence of results will change at some point and fortunes improve or dip accordingly.
The New Year’s Day clash at a swamp-like Borough Park produced both with Workington’s long unbeaten run coming to an end whilst, concurrently, Whitby ended their winless sequence in style.
Reds went into the encounter unbeaten in seventeen, Town hadn’t won in sixteen.
A home banker? Sadly not.
Although ahead and in control by half time, Reds had their noses rubbed in the mud as Whitby turned the game around to emerge deserved winners.
Nathan Waterston maintained his good scoring record against Whitby to give the hosts a twenty-sixth minute lead, with Dav Symington and Anthony Wright going close to increasing the slender advantage.
But if ever a second goal was needed, this was probably the day.
Waterston’s goal, a well-taken effort, was created by Symington’s fifty-yard through pass which opened up the Town defence. He latched onto the assist and confidently converted past Ryan Whitley.
Earlier, Symington saw a free kick miss the target by inches and was then thwarted when Whitley gathered a well-struck shot. Wright, too, watched as his fierce shot was comfortably gathered by the tall Whitby stopper.
At the other end, lowly Whitby put together one notable attack but the finish didn’t match good approach work down the left.
But the visitors were soon into their stride on the restart and two former Workington players, Matty Tymon and Steven Snaith, appeared to be winning the midfield battle. The tactic of employing the pace of James Fairley and Junior Mondall was very effective and both were causing all sorts of problems to Reds’ leaden-footed defenders.
Fairley capped a fine debut with the equalising goal on the hour. He raced onto another ball over the top and, as Aaran Taylor advanced off his line, cleverly diverted it into the vacant net.
They took the lead after seventy-nine minutes with Mondal getting the better of Dan Wordsworth and Taylor. Either could have cleared the danger but didn’t enabling Mondal to score from an acute angle.
Reds huffed and puffed but there was never any hint of them preserving the unbeaten run. Indeed, it was Town who scored again via a last-minute penalty after Josh Calvert tripped Lewis Maloney who was through on goal.
Maloney converted to complete a good afternoon’s work.
Lee Andrews gave credit to Whitby and praised their second-half comeback but said it was important his team responded. “We have earned the plaudits in recent weeks but now have to bounce back from this setback,” he concluded.
Workington Taylor, Douglas, Rowntree (Joel, 75), Wordsworth, Calvert, Wright, Symington, Wilson (Earl, 82), Allison, Waterston, McLuckie. Substitutes – Fowler, Mellen, Holliday (not used).
Whitby Town Whitley, Weledji, Monkhouse, Burgess, May, Tymon (Poole, 86) Snaith, Maloney, Salkeld, Fairley, Mondal (Hume, 82). Substitutes – Fryatt, Anderson, Dixon.
Referee John Mulligan, Carlisle
Bookings: Rowntree, Calvert (Workington)