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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Impressive Workington Reds end winless streak in style

Workington Reds 4 Gainsborough 2: Clinical Workington Reds banished the demons of recent weeks with an impressive and incisive victory over Gainsborough.

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Workington Reds players celebrate

Playing with renewed vigour, Darren Edmondson’s side ran their struggling opponents ragged.

Despite their lowly position, Gainsborough came to Workington with an impressive away record of five wins this season but failed to show many glimpses of why Brian Little’s team is one of the best in the league on their travels.

David Hewson, Kyle May, Phil McLuckie and Billy Greulich scoredas Reds recordedtheir first victory in five outings.

Heavy rain made the Borough Park turf boggy in places, leading to the pitch cutting up the longer the game went on.

Workington used the conditions to their advantage and with a strong breeze opted to keep the ball on the deck. The tactic paid dividends as they took the lead through skipper Hewson with 13 minutes on the clock.

Gavin Ward, in the Trinity goal, was making just his third appearance of the season at the golden age of 40. And his lack of pace was to blame for Reds going in front as Hewson won a foot-race to slide the ball home from the edge of the box.

Hewson latched onto Nick Rogan’s delightful through-ball and celebrated by running over to Edmondson on the half-way line. The boss later admitted the embrace with his captain came after Hewson predicted during the warm-up that he’d finally break his goalscoring hoodoo.

The smiles were wiped from the Reds faces as Gainsborough hit back less than two minutes later. A rare lapse of concentration allowed Andrew Boyce to drift free down the right, his cross was finished off with a stylish diving header by Leon Mettam.

Reds were lucky not to concede again a minute later but Luke Waterfall’s header was ruled out by referee Glenn Hart for a foul on Andrews.

After a hectic 120 seconds inside Reds’ box, they turned defence into attack in one swift move. Gareth Arnison

Set pieces have been Workington’s downfall this season but they stood strong to deny Trinity a second as the visitors piled on the pressure with a succession of corners.

Rogan had his best game in a red shirt since joining on loan from Fleetwood and was unlucky to see his left-footed effort saved by Ward.

With four minutes to the break, Reds made their dominance pay with a simple but well-taken goal.

May had sauntered forward for a Shaun Vipond corner and sent a bullet header into the roof of the net.

Vipond along with Hewson and McLuckie ran the show in the middle of the park and their dominance allowed Reds to boss the game.

Terrier Vipond showed he was more than a tough-tackling ball winner with a mazy run six minutes into the second period.

Showing a great turn of pace, he cut in from the right, passing two defenders en route to the penalty box, but his effort curled wide.

Fluent Reds were in the zone and threatened to increase their lead but twice Anthony Wright saw his attempts blocked and Ward smothered Arnison’s header at the second attempt.

The breakthrough came a minute before the hour-mark when McLuckie rounded off a fantastic team move. Vipond got his second assist of the match by sending McLuckie through on goal, he kept his composure with defenders around him to side-foot the ball into the corner of the net from 12 yards.

With 19 minutes to go, Edmondson brought on Greulich and the young Hartlepool loanee ran the line well.

His unorthodox running style was put to good use, closing down defenders and making decent runs into space.

And it was Greulich who condemned Gainsborough to defeat with a goal four minutes after arriving on the pitch.

Good work by McLuckie sent Arnison down the right. His low, teasing cross was perfect for Greulich to tap home his first goal for the club.

Some of the gloss was taken off the result with Mettam netting his second goal of the day deep into injury time.

The striker headed in from close range as Workington failed to clear their lines.

Star man: Phil McLuckie rounded off the move of the game to seal the win as well as putting in a tough shift in midfield. David Hewson and Shaun Vipond were also immense.

Team: Taylor, Smyth, Langford, May, Andrews, Vipond (Main 82), McLuckie, Hewson, Arnison, Rogan (Greulich 71), Wright (Blake 81). Subs not used: Murray-Jones, Tinnion.

Attendance: 271

Referee: Glenn Hart (Darlington)

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