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Thursday, 10 July 2014

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Workington Reds end league season with home defeat

Workington Reds 0 Stalybridge 2: Workington Reds signed off their season with a disappointing 2-0 home defeat to Stalybridge Celtic.

The visitors scored a goal either side of the half-time break to steal all three points.

It was a lacklustre performance from Darren Edmondson’s men as they said goodbye to another year in the Blue Square North.

With Jonny Wright running in the London Marathon, Callum Ruttledge partnered Gareth Arnison up front.

Dean Gordon continued to play alongside Lee Andrews in the middle of defence with Kyle May missing with a broken nose.

The match was keeper Adam Collin’s last for the club and he was made captain.

Collin had a good game despite the 2-0 scoreline and saved a seventh minute penalty after Gordon handled the ball in the box.

Lee Ellington stepped up but the Workington custodian dived to his right to palm the ball out for a corner.

Ellington’s speed was a constant thorn in Reds’ side and it was his cross on 30 minutes that set up the first goal. From the right of the penalty area, he curled in a perfect ball for Terry Barwick to head goalwards. Collin looked to have it covered but the ball deflected off Andrews and wrong-footed the Reds keeper.

Steve Torpey had the only other shot of the half when he cut inside both Anthony Wright and Andrews before firing just past the post.

Reds found themselves two down within a minute of the restart. Ellington again was involved as he crossed for Torpey to poke the ball past Collin.

Andy Hardman then almost produced a moment of magic when he shot from 25 yards. The winger’s 25 yard effort was looping and had keeper Paul Philips rushing back, but went just over the bar.

Just after the hour mark Torpey tricked Andrews with some Ronaldo-style step-overs but again he was just off target.

Reds rarely threatened to come back and Keith Briggs came inches away from sealing the game when he lashed a shot against the base of the post with Collin beaten.

Afterwards boss Edmondson said: “Stalybridge played some really good football and made our attacking threats ineffective.

“We were lacklustre in the first half but I think we did a lot better in the second.

“We played well in spells but people have to remember that it has been a hell of a season for the lads.

“I can only praise the players for the way they have gone about their business.”

Reds finished the season in 12th in the Blue Square North with one point more than last year and Edmondson said that he would have taken that at the start of the season.

Edmondson will have to add to his squad in the summer if they are to push on next year.

“I will have to speak with the chairman and see what kind of money I have to spend,” said the 37-year-old

“If we can add to the team we already have then we could do well next year.

“I have spoken to the players and they are happy to come back and be part of what we are building here.”

Edmondson’s contract ends in May and the manager is trying to thrash out a deal to extend his stay at Borough Park.

He said: “Now isn’t the time to talk about me but I have spoken to the chairman and we are trying to sort something out.”

Star man: Adam Collin’s penalty save was brilliant and despite conceding two goals the keeper was solid throughout but defender Andy Langford was my man of the match. The defender has grown into the right back spot in the absence of David Hewson

Team: Collin, Langford, Wright, Gordon, Andrews, McLuckie, Hardman, Hopper, Arnison, Ruttledge, Robinson (Main 68)

Subs not used: Rowntree, Edmondson

Attendance: 389

Referee: S Stockbridge

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