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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Workington Reds grab late point at home to Hyde

Workington Reds 1 Hyde United 1: Workington Reds’ young hopefuls snatched a late point against relegation-threatened Hyde United.

Kyle May photo
Kyle May

Experienced Kyle May grabbed an 88th minute equaliser to dent Hyde’s relegation chances.

Boss Darren Edmondson opted to give his rising stars a chance to shine, making numerous changes to his starting XI.

Out went the experienced David Hewson and Shaun Vipond with Anthony Wright missing out through injury.

In came Steven Swinglehurst, Adam Main, Jonny Blake and Andy Murray-Jones making the average age less than 23.

The youngsters were given the much-needed game time as Edmondson looks to piece together a squad capable of challenging for honours next season.

The game itself was lethargic and lacklustre as neither side managed to take control of proceedings.

Gareth Arnison had Workington’s best chance of the first half but his swerving shot from the edge of the box was caught by a diving Russell Saunders in the Hyde goal.

The top-scorer used the outside of his right boot to fire the first shot in anger after quick thinking by Blake set up the move. His free-kick into the feet of Jonny Wright was good, and the striker’s first-time lay-off was perfect for Arnison to hit first time.

Wright had a sight of goal on 30 minutes but a heavy first touch allowed Hyde to clear the danger.

Workington enjoyed more possession than their lowly opponents but failed to create many chances.

There was a slick interchange between Murray-Jones and Wright down the right but Saunders was aware of the danger and intercepted Wright’s cross with Conor Tinnion lurking at the far post.

Despite only making up the numbers for the first 39 minutes, the visitors took a surprise lead when Chris Lynch headed home from close range.

The midfielder ghosted past two Workington defenders to nod in the opener from Dean Stott’s perfect right-wing cross.

Hyde could and should have doubled their lead in first half stoppage time but Aaran Taylor saved well to save Andy Langford’s blushes after the full-back had sold his keeper short with a back-pass.

Murray-Jones, who has scored some important goals from the bench this season, had a chance to level seven minutes after the restart but his effort was blocked.

Wright then headed over on 55 minutes when he jumped too early and got under Main’s cross.

David McNiven, who was sent off in the same fixture last season along with his twin bother Scott, was unlucky not to score but May deflected his effort wide.

Mark Sloan made his debut for Reds on 69 minutes replacing Blake.

The wide man looked composed and assured in possession with a great turn of pace.

Sloan, who was released by Carlisle United earlier this year, has been in great form for the reserve team and showed why Edmondson brought him to the club.

Former Carlisle boss Paul Simpson’s son Jake also made a cameo appearance for 12 minutes and looked lively up front.

And it was Simpson, whose teasing cross, almost secured the win for Hyde but Lynch somehow chested wide with an open goal in front of him.

The miss proved costly as Workington levelled two minutes before the end when May powered home a back post header.

Tinnion’s delivery from a free-kick was looping allowing May to rise highest to secure the draw.

Workington Reds: Taylor, Langford, Swinglehurst, May, Andrews, Blake (Sloan 69), Arnison, Main, Wright, Murray-Jones (Vipond 69), Tinnion. Subs not used: Hewson

Attendance: 326

Referee: Kevin Mulraine (Carlisle)

Star man: Kyle May at the back was solid and the defender took his goal well to earn a very young Workington side a decent point against plucky opposition.

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