City trip best forgotten
A seasonal low from out of sorts Reds whose woeful performance suggested, on possibly the last day of summer, a long winter lies ahead.
Their first visit to Aggborough, City’s temporary home, was littered with plausible excuses for this drubbing – late arrival, rookie goalkeeper, players lacking in confidence and belief, injuries and a general loss of form – but the bottom line, obviously, they simply weren’t good enough.
The players let the club, the supporters, themselves and, above all, the manager down on a afternoon best forgotten.
Is the lack of a regular goalkeeper an unsettling factor? Not according to Darren Edmondson: “As a unit, the ten players in front of Callum (Burton) didn’t do enough to protect him,” he said, adding “collectively, we let ourselves down.”
It was certainly a tough baptism for young Burton – the third different goalkeeper in successive matches. He had made two good saves in the opening few minutes to keep out shots from Daniel Nti and Danny Glover but luck was against him in the thirteenth minute. Exposed once again by his defenders, an attempted clearance struck Nti, who knew little about the situation. The ball rebounded into the path of Ethan Moore who showed great awareness to hook the ball home from well outside the box.
Four minutes later, City cashed in on more slapstick defending with Moore getting his second although the ball seemed to go into the net off Gavin Skelton.
Burton (pictured) then saved efforts from Glover and Aaron Williams as the hosts continued to dominate.
Reds’ best attempts on goal had come from Joe Jackson but City ‘keeper Jose Veiga blocked his first effort then had no trouble dealing with a header which lacked power.
Two down at the break, the punishment continued on the restart. The well-travelled Exodus Geohaghon pushed forward and continued his run after playing the ball wide. When Williams’ cross came into the area there was the giant defender, on his own, to convert City’s third after fifty five minutes.
Glover then scored possibly the best goal of the game in the fifty-eighth minute. He was allowed to run along the edge of the box before unleashing a fine cross-shot which left Burton helpless.
The points were safe and City had registered their first win of the season and a first ‘home’ win over Reds at the seventh attempt.
In the midweek reverse at North Ferriby, Reds showed a bit of character late in the game and salvaged some pride with a well worked consolation goal. There was no similar sweetener on this occasion with Veiga untroubled throughout the second half.
To compound a miserable afternoon, Reds picked up four of the seven yellow cards dished out by referee, Rob Ellis, with those handed to Skelton, David Lynch and Ross Wilson justified but the one shown to Dan Wordsworth a little harsh.
Worcester City: Veiga, Hutchison, Deeney, Thorley, Khan, Geoghaghon, Glover, Trainer, Nti (Rooney), Moore (Williams D), Williams A. Substitutes – Smith, Munday, Sargeant (not used).
Workington: Burton, Kennedy, Skelton, May (Andrews), Wordsworth, Lynch, McKenna (Forrest), Hindmarch, Wilson (McLuckie), Jackson, Allison. Substitutes – Tinnion, Elam (not used).
Referee: Mr R Ellis, Coventry