McNally shines in defeat
Like the first team, Reds’ Reserves have to complete their regular season with four games in a week and the first of those ended in what looks a comprehensive defeat.
No doubt, Colne emerged worthy winners but a makeshift and very young Reds team gave a good account of themselves.
The hosts squandered several clear-cut chances and the goals they scored were certainly preventable from a Workington perspective.
Reds began well and forced two early corners but the hosts defended well on both occasions.
Colne, playing up the Holt House slope, then mounted a bit of pressure and it was the visitors turn to defend manfully. That they did until one near-post corner caused panic and John Spencer was left with the simple task of toe-ending the ball home from a yard out.
White-shirted Reds should have been level by the break but squandered a great opportunity. A swift counter attack saw Jordan Ferguson release Macauley Sharp but the latter’s shot was parried by Colne ‘keeper, Thomas Turner. The ball rebounded to Ferguson but he headed over the bar from a central position.
A Lamin Cham free kick was comfortably gathered by Turner soon after the restart before the hosts doubled their lead in bizarre circumstances. Michael Heap was clearly fouled from behind and, as he fell, scooped the ball away with his hand. The referee didn’t see it that way and awarded a penalty which James Leech confidently converted.
Ferguson had two further opportunities but his first shot was deflected for a corner and his second was well saved by Turner. Had either of those efforts gone in, it would have been a respectable defeat but it was Colne who grabbed the third goal seconds before the final whistle. The ball was pulled back to the alert Spencer who calmly slotted his second of the night.
Plenty of encouraging performances from Reds, particularly that of Paul McNally (pictured), who followed up a steady performance against Pirelli with another excellent display.