“We didn’t deserve the three points,” was David Hewson’s initial response in the post match press conference and that just about summed up a frustrating evening when, if there was to be a winner, it was the weather.
A strong wind and horizontal rain did its best to spoil things, and probably succeeded, but easy to see why both Reds and Marine are struggling at the wrong end of the table on the evidence of this showing.
Reds had to weather the storm, literally, contending with the unpleasant conditions and Marine’s impressive start. The Crosby side were quickly into their stride taking control of matters.
Their first attempt on goal was from Kenny Strickland’s free kick which Aaran Taylor dealt with by flicking the ball over the bar for a corner, one of four they won in quick succession.
On two occasions, Taylor came to Reds’ rescue saving well to thwart Craig Carney keeping out two well struck shots.
It was very much against the run of play when the hosts opened the scoring after twenty two minutes. A good build-up, involving the impressive Brad Hubbold culminated with Sam Joel sending a low shot from the edge of the area past the diving Martin Fearon.
But Marine hit back on the half hour mark scoring from their fifth corner. Superbly delivered by James Short, Danny Mitchley lost his marker to powerfully head home from two yards out.
A setback for Reds but well deserved from a Marine perspective.
The response to conceding so soon after taking the lead was good. Joel had another shot gathered by Fearon, at the second attempt, and then the Marine stopper made an excellent save to keep out a perfectly timed Dan Wordsworth shot.
And Fearon was in action again, soon after the restart, firstly dealing with Jason Walker’s shot from the right and then pushing away a Gari Rowntree effort after a rare dribble from the latter created the opening.
But after that brief purple patch, either side of the interval, Reds lost their way and a draw looked the most likely outcome long before the end.
Joel had an opportunity to win the contest but his charge down the inside left channel ended in disappointment with his shot hitting the outside of the post.
And the only threats at the other end came from Carney but his two second half attempts were not as troublesome as his earlier efforts and Taylor gathered routinely.
Taylor and Hubbold were Reds best on the night but too many of their colleagues were well below par
Workington Taylor, Olsen, Mellen, Wordsworth, Douglas, Hubbold, Holt Maguire, 70), Cowperthwaite (Rowntree, 46), Walker, Allison, Joel. Substitutes – Tidy, Mossop and Casson (not used).
Marine Fearon, Strickland, Short, Shaw, Doyle, Hynes, Sinclair-Smith (Irwin, 46), Kinsella (Hine, 56), Mitchley, Reid (Murray, 77), Carney. Substitutes – Joyce, Mendes (not used).
Referee Ian Walsh, Burnley
Booking: Douglas (Workington)