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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Five star Workington Reds gun down Gainsborough

Workington Reds 5 Gainsborough 0: Workington Reds celebrated their biggest league win of the season with a 5-0 victory over Gainsborough Trinity at a Borough Park on Saturday.

Jonny Wright photo
Jonny Wright celebrates the first goal

And the winning margin could have been even greater, as Reds made best use of the wet and wild conditions.

Starting with a gale force wind at their backs, the home side were 2-0 up within eight minutes.

A long ball in the fifth minute caught out the Trinity defence and found Jonny Wright, who produced a composed finish into the corner of the net.

Strike partner Gareth Arnison was then in on the act just three minutes later.

An attempted crossfield ball by the visitors’ Luke Beckett fell to Jonny Wright, and he crossed for Arnison to nod the ball past visiting goalkeeper Adam Sollit.

Gainsborough were enjoying a good deal of the possession, but were being restricted to long-range chances.

Reds, on the other hand, were looking like adding to their tally every time they went forward.

The third goal duly arrived on 31 minutes, as Arnison was the provider for Tony Hopper, whose shot took a deflection to take it past Sollit.

The visiting goalkeeper was having a torrid time in the face of the wind, and was almost caught out in embarrassing fashion just before half-time.

An innocuous-looking header from Jonny Wright caught the wind and almost looped over the goalkeeper, who just managed to scramble it away for a corner kick.

Despite a three-goal half-time advantage, the game was still far from over as Gainsborough had the advantage of the wind in the second half.

And the addition of driving rain meant that the weather in the second 45 minutes was even more tricky for the two teams.

The visitors, however, failed to use the elements as well as Reds had done in the first half, with too many of their passes drifting harmlessly out of play.

It was Reds who again carried the greater goal threat, and they sealed the points with a fourth goal after 65 minutes.

Arnison escaped the attentions of his marker on the right-hand side of the penalty area and then squared the ball for Anthony Wright, who provided a simple finish past Sollit.

This made the visitors increasingly disheartened, and they resorted to shooting from long distance in an attempt to utilise the strong wind.

Only once did an attempt threaten to find the target, but Adam Collin was equal to Lewis McMahon’s long-range free-kick and tipped it round the post.

Reds grabbed their fifth goal four minutes from time, following good work by substitute Andy Hardman. He received the ball from Jonny Wright, before advancing down the right-hand side and returning the ball to Wright, who slid it home from 10 yards.

And Wright was presented with a golden chance to seal his hat-trick in stoppage time.

His 35-yard lobbed shot was clawed out by Sollit, but as Hardman prepared to tuck away the rebound he was hauled back by visiting defender Ross Greenwood.

Greenwood was sent off, but Wright was unable to find the net, as Sollit produced a fine save to keep out the spot-kick.

MATCH FACTS

Star man: Gareth Arnison. Scored one goal and set up two more while proving a constant menace to the visitors’ defence.

Workington: Collin, Hewson, Rowntree, May, Andrews, McLuckie (Robinson 82), Vipond, Hopper (Tait 72), J. Wright, Arnison (Hardman 77), A. Wright. Subs not used: Langford, Edmondson.

Referee: S. Smith (Darlington).

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