Hat-trick of hat-tricks
For the second successive season, this Lancashire League fixture produced a goal feast but a four goal blast from Nathan Waterston was in vain.
Given ninety minutes to compensate for his lack of first team action this season, the twenty year old was an inspiration to his colleagues turning in an outstanding performance.
Waterston scored twice in each half with his first and third goals stunningly spectacular as he made his seasonal debut for the Reserves.
He even upstaged Barnoldswick’s two match-winners, Matthew Simpson and James Hill, who also laid claims for the match ball. Simpson netted four and Hill three in a match blessed with a hat-trick of hat-tricks.
Reds had a great opportunity to open the scoring but Leo Holliday squandered the early chance and, before they got a foothold in the game, they were 4-0 down. That may have been down to their late arrival or the physical presence of the home side. Either way, it was a mountain to climb.
But that opening twenty minutes apart, Reds gave a good account of themselves with the final score-line a little harsh against more experienced opposition.
First team boss, David Hewson, was in the Reds technical area on a one-off basis and, despite conceding seven goals, he thought there were positives to reflect upon.
Simpson bagged a nine minute hat-trick for the hosts and Hill added a fourth by the twentieth minute but shell-shocked Reds staged a brave recovery.
Liam Stamp saw one effort cleared off the line before a clever one-two involving Sheldon Mossop and Waterston culminated in the latter thumping an angled drive past the helpless Charlie Hesketh to reduce the arrears in the twenty third minute.
Waterston then outpaced Town skipper, George Skocki, and looked a certain scorer until he was brought to ground. He took the subsequent spot-kick and confidently converted.
The revival was ended when Hill, looking suspiciously off side, grabbed his second, Town’s fifth just before the interval.
Within two minutes of the restart, Waterston completed his hat-trick with a superb goal, a strong run down the inside right channel and a ferocious shot across Hesketh into the far side of the net.
After what had gone before, we then experienced a goal drought with the score remaining unchanged for almost half an hour.
Waterston then scored his fourth after intercepting a weak back pass before sliding the ball home from an acute angle, with fourteen minutes remaining.
At that point, a repeat of last season’s incredible 5-5 draw looked a possibility but Simpson and Hill had other ideas.
Simpson bagged his fourth after eighty one minutes and Hill completed the third hat-trick of the evening seconds before the final whistle.
Reds suffered a few bumps and bruises – impressive skipper Cam Carter sustained a hamstring injury, Holliday cracked a tooth and Stamp had a bout of cramp but nothing compared to the sad sight of Barnoldswick’s substitute Bailey Coates being stretchered off with a worrying back problem.
That tarnished what had been a thoroughly entertaining encounter.
Barnoldswick Town Hesketh, Duxbury, Grice, Davis, Turner D, Skocki, Broadleday, Fairburn, Simpson, Hill, Townsend. Substitutes – Coates, Turner I, Higginson, Amos (all used)
Workington Fowler, Harker, Sinclair, Watt, Hetherington, Carter (Blake, 51), Stamp, Davidson (Crake, 65), Waterston, Mossop (Ferguson, 75), Holliday (Moore, 46).
Referee Kat Davey, Stockport