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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Workington Reds ease into County Cup quarter finals

Workington Reds 3 Greystoke 0: Workington Redsstrolled into the quarter final of the County Cup with an easy 3-0 win over minnows Greystoke.

Adam Main photo
Adam Main

The defending champions fielded a young side but the Borough Babes showed no sign of inexperience as they dominated the match from start to finish.

Adam Main opened the scoring on 25 minutes with a coolly taken penalty and Jordan Lee bagged a brace to send Reds though to face Carlisle Amateurs in the quarter finals.

Lee’s first goal, 10 minutes before the break, was one of quality, as he volleyed home from 25 yards, while for his second goal on 64 minutes he slotted past the Greystoke keeper from just inside the box.

Cultured frontman Stevie Hindmarch was the most experienced player on the pitch and he showed his class from the centre of midfield.

His first foray towards the visitors’ goal brought about the penalty that Main converted, sending Robert Benn the wrong way.

Hindmarch was a thorn in Greystoke’s side as he terrorised their defence with his dancing feet.

Greystoke managed just one shot at goal and for once Reds boss Darren Edmondson was not the oldest man on the pitch when 57-year-old John Airey replaced Steve Farley late on.

Reds travel to bottom side Vauxhall Motors tonight with tough-tackling midfielder Phil McLuckie a major doubt.

McLuckie is suffering from a frozen shoulder after landing awkwardly during the 2-0 home win over Gloucester at the weekend.

He is likely to be rested ahead of Saturday’s big FA Trophy game with AFC Wimbledon meaning Andy Hardman will keep his starting jersey.

Top scorer Gareth Arnison is set to return, replacing Callum Ruttledge in attack. The goal ace netted his twelfth and thirteenth goals of the season against Gloucester after missing the Rushden game through suspension.

Edmondson said: “Despite their position in the table, Vauxhall won’t be an easy game. They are a gritty side with a couple of decent players. If we go there thinking we’ve already won then we will walk away with nothing.

“Our thoughts must be on Vauxhall and not Wimbledon.

“The players know that my team selection for Wimbledon will be based on how they perform tonight. I want to pick up another three points because it keeps our good run going.”

Reds are unbeaten in their last eight games with six wins and two draws.

Edmondson added: “Winning breeds confidence and we want to go into Wimbledon as confident as we can be.

“That means getting another good performance under our belts tonight.”

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