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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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Gareth Arnison double helps Workington Reds to deserved draw

Guiseley 2 Workington Reds 2: Gareth Arnison scored his second goal of the night to earn Workington a deserved point and keep their unbeaten run going.

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Gareth Arnison

Arnison’s late equaliser came seven minutes from the end and was a clinical finish from a splendid passing move which ripped open the Guiseley defence.

The surprise was that Reds had to wait so late to make sure they left with nothing after creating the better chances throughout the game.

Particularly in the first half Reds fashioned enough opportunities to have taken a stranglehold on the contest, rather than having to chase the game

Even though Guiseley have been on a losing sequence in the Blue Square Bet North they still occupy a lofty sixth place, and although Reds went there on the back of three straight wins, it was still a good point to obtain.

The Yorkshire side have one of the best strikers in the League and James Walshaw showed just why his finishing is so admired, with two more to take his tally to 18 for the season.

Yet the second of his goals should never have stood. Five minutes into the second half be broke into the area and clearly controlled the ball with his hand before going on to slip the ball past Aaron Taylor with another precise finish.

Excellent referee Matt Walsh was on his blindside, so there were probably excuses for him, but it happened in full view of his assistant who saw nothing wrong. Even the Guiseley fans on that side of the ground were laughing about the outcome.

No arguments about Walshaw’s first goal, a very well taken effort on 29 minutes when he broke clear on the left and after going wide of the advancing Taylor fired home from an acute angle.

It’s to Workington’s credit again that they had to twice fight back to earn equalisers and take home the point which they thoroughly deserved.

Arnison’s first on 45 minutes took the teams in at half-time all square. Kyle May had thundered forward down the left before slipping a great ball through to Nick Rogan.

He skinned his man before driving in a cross which Arnison headed home from close range.

The second on 83 minutes was even better. Building from deep with some precise passing as substitutes Phil McLuckie and Conor Tinnion were heavily involved. In the end Tinnion threaded through a lovely weighted pass for Arnison to take into the area and drive past keeper James Coates into the net.

If there was a downside on the night it was the fact that Reds couldn’t put away the chances that came their way.

In the second minute Shaun Vipond curled in a deep free kick and Jonny Wright got well above his man but directed his header wide of the target.

Then on six minutes Adam Main was slipped in by Arnison and a good pull-back saw a first time shot by Jonny Wright half blocked by Coates’ arm. The ball trickled agonisingly beyond the far post and although it was retrieved and set up for Rogan the Guiseley defence eventually scrambled clear.

Then a minute before Walshaw gave Guiseley the lead, Workington were desperately close themselves to opening their account. Coates failed with a punched clearance to an Andy Langford cross and Jonny Wright saw a short-range header cleared acrobatically off the line.

Vipond had Coates scrambling to hold a shot at the second attempt from the edge of the area, while a save to deny Main was a bit more straight forward.

But Workington were able to turn round all square courtesy of Arnison’s headed goal, his ninth of the season in Blue Square Bet North.

Guiseley had their moments in attack but generally Workington defended well with Langford and May particularly solid, and Taylor had few testing saves to make, although he distinguished himself with two excellent catches under pressure from dangerous corners.

Rogan, after cutting in from the right and squaring the ball from the by-line, should have set-up Workington’s second but there was no-one gambling on the outcome and it was cleared.

Then the final chance of the game went Workington’s way. Three minutes after Arnison’s leveller another slick break-out by the west Cumbrians had Guiseley in disarray.

But this time Jonny Wright never seemed totally in control and although prodding the ball past Coates could only turn his shot past the post as he tried to squeeze it home from a very narrow angle.

Workington Reds: Taylor, Langford, A. Wright, May (Tinnion 79), Andrews, Vipond (McLuckie 62), Main, Hewson, J. Wright, Arnison, Rogan. Subs (not used): Murray-Jones, Blake, Hindmarch.

Referee: Matt Walsh, Sheffield

Crowd: 274

Star man: Kyle May - In bed for two days with a bug, he gave his all in the cause, typically strong and determined in defence before being forced to retire after 79 minutes.




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