Reserves in ten goal thriller
Despite scoring five cracking goals on opponents territory, including a stunning hat-trick from the talented Lewis Jolly, Reds had to settle for a point after sharing ten goals in their final away game of the season.
In an incredible topsy-turvy second half, Reds recovered from being 2-0 and 3-1 down to lead 4-3 and 5-4, only to concede an equaliser seconds after they thought they’d grabbed the winner.
The defensive frailties of both teams led to great entertainment for the neutral, but heartbreak for the young Reds and disappointment for the hosts who needed the win to keep alive their title bid.
They never looked like scoring in the first half, trailed by two goals and were hanging on by their finger nails as the hosts had two other efforts cleared off the line and saw another chance rebound off the woodwork.
Aurelian Gohorean opened the scoring after twenty minutes with Reds defence static following a quickly taken free kick.
A one goal deficit at the break would have been welcomed, considering their first half input, but Town doubled the lead seconds before the interval when Gareth Hill swept home a left wing cross from close range.
But within five minutes of the restart Reds were back in the game as the drama unfolded. Jolly just failed to connect with Reece Blake’s assist from the right but recovered the ball well on the left flank. He jinked inside the last defender and curled in a sublime goal from an acute angle with home ‘keeper, Sam Arrowsmith, helpless.
Reds then got caught out defensively on the hour when Michael Hodson cashed in on an error, carrying the ball for forty yards before placing past Tom Fowler.
Jolly then took centre stage with two more stunning goals to complete his first hat-trick for the club after sixty-six and seventy minutes.
Incredibly, Workington then went in front with another fine individual effort with Leo Holliday setting off on a Messi-like dribble before placing the ball past Arrowsmith for a memorable maiden goal for the club.
Back came Town who made it 4-4 with William Beckwith scoring, again from close range, following another swift raid down the left.
And there was still more to come.
Macauley Sharp’s persistence was rewarded when he pressed in the final third, won the ball before notching his first for the club for what looked to be an eighty-eighth minute winner.
But “Barlick” had the final say and, almost from kick-off, restored parity with the tenth goal of an amazing match. Once again the goal followed a quick attack down Reds’ right with Hill getting his second to salvage a point.
The two sides meet again on Monday at Borough Park.