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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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Stafford draw enough to move Workington Reds up league table

Stafford Rangers 0 Workington Reds 0: A point was good enough to move Workington another place up the Blue Square North league ladder, but they probably should have made more from the game.

Workington Reds action photo
Kyle May heads over the bar

Although Adam Collin made two superb saves at the start and end of the contest at Marston Road, what happened largely in between centred on the opposite end of the field.

Reds had several opportunities to snatch the win themselves as they extended their unbeaten run to four games, three of them away from home.

Manager Darren Edmondson said: “The players were down after Saturday’s 2-2 home draw, which felt like a defeat in some ways after our two away wins.

“I was looking for a response at Stafford and although we didn’t get the win we probably deserved I was happy enough with the performance.”

Acting skipper Collin could be well-pleased with his own display in front of the Carlisle United goalkeeping coach Dave Timmins, presumably there to check on his continuing progress ahead of a likely summer move.

His two saves were excellent, while the general bits and pieces work between the stick was confident.

Stafford might have expected to go ahead on eight minutes when Nick Wellecomme was played in clear but Collin proved an imposing obstacle and did really well to block and then smother the shot.

In the dying embers of the game it was again Collin who shone with a fine diving stop to his left to block a snap effort from Chris Clements which was going in. He turned the ball aside and Gari Rowntree lashed it clear.

Stafford keeper Tim Sandercombe made two important stops late on. With the help of defender Andre Francis they blocked a shot from Gareth Arnison and then Andy Cook was denied by the keeper’s legs.

Kyle May climbed to an injury time corner and headed just over the bar in what was a frantic effort from both sides to win the game late on.

Workington had also gone close midway through the second-half from the best move of the match.

Anthony Wright broke down the left, switched play with a penetrating cross-field ball which was collected at full gallop by Gareth Arnison. He lifted the ball past Sandercombe and Cook, also arriving late, just couldn’t steer it home at the far post because of a difficult bounce.

Jonny Wright, in trouble from blistered feet until he departed late on, wasn’t far away when he poked-out a long leg to reach a lovely, curling cross from Andy Langford but steered it wide.

The most contentious moment came midway through the first-half when Arnison was booked for diving. He had latched onto a Jonny Wright flick and as Sandercombe went down at his feet Arnison fell over him.

It was either a penalty or one of those collisions that happen in football when nobody is to blame. It certainly wasn’t a dive. But the yellow card was produced and that edges the Reds forward nearer to a suspension which will further deplete Edmondson’s wafer thin squad.

STAR MAN: Former Carlisle United boss Paul Simpson was at the game – along with Dean Thomas, who brings his Hinckley squad to Borough Park on Saturday.

Both would have been impressed with Reds’ midfielder PHIL McLUCKIE who gave an outstanding display.

Reds: Collin. Langford, Rowntree, May, Andrews, McLuckie, Vipond, Arnison, J. Wright (Hardman 78), Cook, A. Wright. Subs (not used) Robinson, Gordon, Edmondson.

Referee: Martin Bristow, Manchester

Crowd: 377



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