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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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New boy Tymon on target as Workington Reds get off to flyer

Workington Reds 2 Gloucester City 1: New recruit Matty Tymon headed Workington Reds to an opening day win over Gloucester City.

The striker leapt highest to nod home Gari Rowntree’s in-swinging free kick with three minutes left on the clock.

It was an assured performance by Darren Edmondson’s young side, who registered the club’s first season opener win in six years, with the 2-1 victory.

Alex White was handed a first start after joining from Ilkeston over the summer and he looked solid alongside the dependable Kyle May.

But it was old boy David Hewson who almost put the Borough Park club in front on three minutes. The skipper let fly from 25 yards but keeper Kevin Sawyer was equal to it.

Reds dominated proceedings and should have taken the lead on 14 minutes but Gareth Arnison opted to shoot instead of gifting Jonny Wright with a tap in.

Arnison had broken through after a neat passing move, Wright screamed for the ball, but Arnison took on the shot and the danger was cleared.

Wright also had goals on his mind minutes later and after an audacious bit of skill on the touchline, he tried a stunning strike that flew just over the bar with the keeper well beaten.

Reds finally made the break through 10 minutes before the break when Phil McLuckie rifled home from inside the box.

The energetic midfielder netted five times last season and hammered home after Shaun Vipond had beaten two men inside the box with breathtaking skill.

Two minutes later Reds had the ball in the back of the net again when Arnison flicked the ball past Sawyer. His celebrations were cut short with the assistant referee signalling for offside.

The dormant Gloucester side shot to life on 37 minutes when Darren Mullins raced clear of the Reds defence.

May and White followed hot on the heels of the striker and got back in time to deny him.

The half’s flash point came on 40 minutes when McLuckie was upended in the box en route to goal.

Referee Paul Kettlewell waved away the appeals as McLuckie was scythed down by Tom Hamblin.

Reds put the injustice to one side after the break and McLuckie had a chance to double the lead but for an excellent block.

Arnison latched onto White’s long ball over the top. The swift break caught the Gloucester side napping but McLuckie’s couldn’t finish the move with the goal it deserved.

Reds continued to dominate and would have gone two up had Marc Richards not cleared Wright’s deft flick off the line.

Arnison beautifully chipped the ball to his strike partner but the defender made sure the score remained at one.

A minute later White rattled the bar with a vicious half-volley from Wright’s lay off.

Reds attacked in waves and Hewson came inches away from scoring from McLuckie’s perfect cross.

The midfielder slid in but couldn’t connect with the ball with Sawyer well beaten.

Tymon replaced Arnison with 11 minutes left and the lively striker instantly got up to speed.

Reds had keeper Aaran Taylor to thank for preserving the lead with a world class save to deny Mullins.

The young shot-stopper was unsighted as the striker pulled the trigger from outside the box.

Diving full length to his left, Taylor got his finger tips on the ball, which had travelled through a packed penalty area.

Tymon settled the game as a contest when he rose to head home Rowntree’s free-kick.

Gloucester pulled a goal back but it was nothing more than a consolation as Richards headed home from a corner.

Team: Taylor, Langford, Rowntree, May, White, Vipond, McLuckie, Hewson, J.Wright (Ruttledge 90), Arnison (Tymon 79), A.Wright (Tinnion 71). Subs: Hindmarch, Main

Attendance: 523

Referee: Paul Kettlewell (Lancaster)

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