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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Goalkeeper praised as Workington Reds thumped by Boston

Boston 4 Workington Reds 0: All good things come to an end and unbeaten sequences can’t go on forever – but the way Workington Reds record-breaking run was halted at York Street provided a timely reality check.

It was the margin of defeat which upset manager Darren Edmondson most of all as he complained afterwards of a lack of communication in his defence.

He said: “If it hadn’t been for Aaron Taylor it would have been heavier because he dealt with two or three one-on-ones in the second-half.

“Boston were the best team we’ve played and I went round as many of their players as I could afterwards to congratulate them. You can see why they’ve scored goals this season.

“It was a reality check for our dressing room but we’re all in this together and I will take some of the responsibility for the performance.

“The pluses were the performances of the two young players who made their first starts – Conor Tinnion and Stephen Hindmarch because I thought they did well when there wasn’t much happening around them.

“But we’ll be back with two training sessions this week and it will be bright and up-beat as usual as we aim to get back on track at Worcester next Saturday.”

Boston, one of the League’s leading scorers – with a nine and a six already in their locker – started strongly, forcing four corners in the first six minutes.

But generally Reds seemed to have weathered the storm and were holding them quite comfortably. Taylor made one smart save, going down quickly to his right to hold onto a snap drive from Anthony Church from the edge of the area.

Otherwise it was mainly routine stuff for the young keeper until Boston grabbed the lead on 41 minutes – and could have doubled that advantage before the break.

When a ball was fired into the box from the Boston right Andy Langford had to stretch to get the ball clear but it was picked-up by Danny Davidson on the edge of the area who lined-up a shot before pulling the trigger to send a thundering left-foot drive beyond Taylor into the top corner.

That was a great finish and the same player produced a terrific piece of skill in stoppage time to set-up what should have been his second. A brilliant turn inside the Reds box left two defenders for dead but his shot careered off a team-mate and behind for a goal-kick when Taylor would have had little chance of saving.

Reds had offered little in attacking ideas with all too often the final ball lacking direction, penetration or accuracy. Phil McLuckie did get in a header which keeper James McKeown did well to turn over the bar. Then Gareth Arnison fired beyond the angle of post and bar when he went from an acute angle with a free-kick.

There had been little else, however, and when Boston scored two more goals in the first seven minutes of the second-half, the game was virtually over. A fourth on 67 minutes just added to Workington’s misery.

The Reds defence was in disarray again when Spencer Weir-Daley fired past Taylor with a low shot into the corner. It was the only goal of the four where the otherwise excellent Workington keeper probably could have done better.

Then on 52 minutes an intended back header from McLuckie aimed for Taylor went straight to Weir-Daley and although Taylor did well to block his first shot the rebound went straight to the Boston forward who then cleverly lifted it over the keeper into the net.

The fourth on 67 minutes followed a corner when an excellent flick on by Kieran Murphy was cleared off the line by Gari Rowntree but Shaun Pearson blocked it and then drove the ball into the roof of the net.

Workington, to their credit, kept trying to the end and Arnison brought a good save out of McKeown, who then blocked Jonny Wright’s follow-up.

But Reds needed Taylor to produce two more last ditch blocks to prevent Boston from inflicting their heaviest defeat for some time. As it was this was the first time Reds had conceded four goals since August last year.

Workington Reds: Taylor, Langford, Rowntree (A. Wright 78), May, White (Andrews 68), Vipond, Hindmarch, McLuckie (Tymon 68), J. Wright, Arnison, Tinnion. Subs (not used) Blake, Main. Referee: Steven Meredith Crowd: 1,556 (30 from Workington)

Star man: Aaran Taylor – showed why he is one of the most promising young keepers around as his back four showed rare indecision.

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