Allison rewrites the record books
Scott Allison continues to rewrite the record books, becoming the first Workington player to score four goals in a Northern Premier League fixture.
He also tops the goal scoring charts with 28 goals, a new seasonal high for an individual during the non-league era.
Throw in a ten minute hat-trick just before half time and it is easy to see why the modest Allison left Borough Park on Cloud Nine. He was clearly the difference between two evenly-matched sides as mid-table Town could not convert the lion’s share of possession into goals.
It was an open, entertaining contest but, surprisingly, goalless for the opening half hour. Reds needed the three points to make their final match meaningful and Matlock played with a carefree, refreshing attitude that probably deserved a better reward.
Visiting ‘keeper, George Willis, made the first significant save pouncing on a dangerous Joe McGee cross. He did even better to keep out a Conor Tinnion free kick, diving to his right to deflect a well struck shot to safety.
The Gladiators did have the ball in the net via veteran striker, Danny Holland, but creator, Joel Purkiss, had strayed offside in the build-up and the ‘goal’ was disallowed.
Tinnion’s wand of a left foot released McGee with the pass of the night, but the latter delayed his shot and Willis saved at the expense of a corner. Matlock’s reprieve was short-lived as Reds took a thirty third minute lead from the flag kick with Allison meeting Tinnion’s cross to flick home a rare headed goal.
Five minutes later, Reds doubled their lead with Allison’s grass-cutter of a shot leaving Willis helpless.
But Town were back in contention five minutes before the break with a smashing goal from Charlie Daws. He cut in from the left and a measured cross-shot evaded Ally Mitchell and finished in the far corner of the net.
Mitchell then came to the rescue with an important save, thwarting Purkiss by beating away a well struck effort from the edge of the area.
The goal flurry continued when Reds were awarded a spot-kick in the forty third minute after Ben Algar was adjudged to have tripped Tinnion. Despite missing a penalty in the last home game, Allison placed the ball and blasted past Willis to complete his third hat-trick of the season.
Mark Hume’s side resumed in positive fashion and dominated matters for a lengthy period. Purkiss sent a shot high over the bar before the visitors had a second ‘goal’ chalked off. Holland’s clever flick might have crossed the line but, in making sure, Jordan Ball immediately became active and was flagged offside.
Purkiss’ frustration was compounded when he was again denied by a fine Mitchell save and Matlock, offensively, faded after that.
Matty Tymon was just wide with one of his specialist thirty yarders but Reds were now in control and finished strongly.
With a minute of normal time remaining they extended the lead thanks to an enterprising run from Jake Simpson. He intercepted the ball to turn a defensive situation into an attacking one. Racing forward he found space but his cross appeared to have evaded Allison. Town’s ‘keeper and a defender seemed to get the ball tangled between them and an alert Allison reacted to toe-poke home his fourth.
A league double and three vital points, the latter could yet lead to the ultimate reward.
Workington: Mitchell, Simpson, Smith, May (Bethwaite, 84), Calvert, Wilson, McGee, Hammell (Hebson, 69), Allison, Arnison (Tymon, 63), Tinnion. Substitutes – Studholme, Jamieson (not used).
Matlock Town: Willis, Paling, Algar (McManus, 44), Cribley, Yates, Harcourt, Ball, Needham, Purkiss, Holland (Siddall, 58), Dawes (Gaughan, 71). Substitutes – Bartle, Hume (not used).
Referee: Paul Hodskinson, Bamber Bridge
Bookings: Paling, Algar, Harcourt, McManus (Matlock Town)