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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Unlucky Workington Reds have to share the points with Alfreton

Workington Reds 1 Alfreton Town 1:Workington Reds are still looking for their first home win of the season after Alfreton came from a goal down to square the tie in the second half.

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Matt Henney watches as Anthony Wright's 30-yard free-kick goes in

It was a much improved performance from the Borough Park side and they deserved more than just a point in the 1-1 draw last night.

Anthony Wright’s in-swinging free-kick on 31 minutes gave the hosts the lead. The whip on the ball and the number of bodies obstructing keeper Craig Dootson saw Wright’s 30-yard effort go straight in.

Alfreton were not to be denied a share of the spoils and fluked a goal of their own on 77 minutes. Anton Brown’s effort on the edge of the box took two deflections, the last coming off striker Liam Hearn, to wrong-foot Tony Caig in the Reds net.

It was a match that Workington could and should have won, with on-loan striker Andy Cook seeing his first-time shot, a minute after Alfreton levelled, wonderfully saved by Dootson to deny Reds all three points.

Manager Darren Edmondson was pleased with his side’s effort and afterwards said: “It’s a good sign to be disappointed with a draw.

“Alfreton will be a top eight team but we took the game to them and should have won by three or four goals.

“Our final pass and delivery was wrong but I’m positive about how the game went.”

Edmondson was forced into making two changes from the side that drew 0-0 with Ilkeston on Saturday with defender Kyle May out with a head injury and striker Jonny Wright still feeling the affects of a knee injury.

In came two Carlisle loanees with Tom Aldred making his debut in the heart of defence and Cook coming in up front.

Aldred had a solid debut and looked at home alongside Lee Andrews in defence. The Scotland U19 international showed he is definitely one for the future making a number of crucial blocks.

While Cook had his best game in a Reds shirt this season, leading the attack and looking a constant threat. And it was Cook that could have given Reds the lead on seven minutes when he ran through on goal following Anthony Wright’s cheeky back heal.

Cook strode into the box but thundered his effort straight at Dootson, who got down low to his left to gather the ball.

Cook had another chance midway through the half but his driven shot deflected off an Alfreton defender and into the arms of Dootson.

Keeper Caig, who had little to do in the opening period, had to be on his toes when Ian Ross hit a quick free kick goalwards, but the big shot stopper was equal to it.

Reds defender Andrews wins the award for ‘miss of the season’ already after he somehow managed to miss the target from less than two yards.

Wright’s corner found its way to Andrews and with the goal gaping his side-footed effort went right across the goal.

Wright’s goal was all that separated the two teams going into half time but Alfreton almost levelled minutes after the restart but for three great blocks from the Reds defenders.

Hearn was first to try his luck but Aldred got his body of the way of his 20 yard effort, then Clayton clattered the ball goalwards but Andrews flung his body in the way. The ball came back out and another strike on goal was blocked by Andy Langford.

Two minutes later the visitors had another chance to tie the game but Richard Pell’s header went a yard wide of Caig’s left hand post.

Langford then showed his skills going forward, threading the ball through for Cook, after he controlled the ball he struck it with his weaker left foot and the ball went wide.

With just over 10 minutes to play Alfreton did manage to find a way through the resilient Workington defence with Caig helpless as Brown’s deflected shot found the bottom corner.

Cook’s effort a minute later had most of the 337 crowd inside Borough Park already celebrating but Dootson’s leap and save meant the celebrations were short lived.

It was a good point for Workington, who moved out of the relegation zone and up to 17th in the Blue Square North table but Edmondson was disappointed not to have picked up maximum points.

He said: “You can say that both goals were lucky but we have told Anthony, when he’s taking free kicks to put them in dangerous areas.

“This time he has done that. It’s the first one in 58,000 attempts but it gave us the lead and fair play to him.

“With their goal I think we panicked because they had a lot of big lads and when the ball went to the edge of the box they were lining up to hit it. It took a deflection and was a total fluke.

“Football is a cruel game and it looked like we would come away with the win. We need three points but it wasn’t to be and we move on now to Gloucester this weekend and we’ll be ready for them.”

Reds: Caig, Langford, Rowntree, Aldred, Andrews, Vipond, Henney, Hopper, Cook, Arnison (Shannon 83), Wright (Ruttledge 75); Subs not used: Hardman, McLuckie, Edmondson.

Referee: Chris Blackhouse

Attendance: 337

Star man: A number of players deserve mentions with messes Cook and Aldred both doing exceptionally well but fullback Andy Langford gets the star man for his solid defending and great distribution.

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