Glassboys shatter Reds unbeaten run
Stourbridge are sponsored by a dental practice, and Reds supporters might have found an afternoon in the chair more enjoyable than the pain they suffered at Amblecote.
They were ripped apart by a vibrant Stourbridge performance, which produced five goals inside twenty seven minutes and left question marks against some shambolic defending.
General manager Derek Townsley said he was embarrassed by the first half display which saw Stourbridge on their way to a first league win against Workington after just five minutes.
From the moment Luke Benbow converted via the spot, Reds looked a beaten side and four goals in the following twenty minutes condemned them to their heaviest NPL defeat for thirteen years.
How the catalogue of disaster unfolded:
5 Benbow’s fine diagonal pass found colleague Matt Dodd on the right and, as he glided past Gari Rowntree and into the area, he appeared to be impeded by the latter’s trailing leg. Referee Sarah Garratt pointed to the spot and Benbow duly converted. 1-0
16 The Glassboys doubled their lead with Dodd, again, influential in the build-up. His assist saw Jordan Archer’s first effort bravely blocked by Jake Simpson but, with Reds unable to complete the clearance, Kayelden Brown returned the ball to the danger area for Archer to head home from close range. 2-0
20 More suicidal defending led to the home side's third goal when Jack Duggan’s free header rattled the crossbar. No one in Workington blue reacted and Duggan hammered home the loose ball to score at the second attempt. 3-0
22 Brown bundled in at the far post after Reds were again undone on their left-hand side. Dodd crossed low into the area and his assist avoided several disorientated defenders with the ball hitting Brown and deflecting into the net. 4-0
27 Stourbridge saved the best until last with Benbow scoring a sublime fifth. Leon Broadhurst’s pass split Reds’ defence and Benbow swivelled and shot in one swift movement sending a sweetly struck shot beyond the helpless Taylor. 5-0
The only time Matt Gould was called into service during a one-sided first half, was to gather a tame Josh Calvert header and a weak Joe McGee shot.
With the points safely in the bag and Stourbridge effectively putting their feet up ahead of their big FA Cup clash, it was left to Reds to try and salvage some pride. They had three decent chances to score a consolation goal but failed to seriously test the home ‘keeper.
Calvert’s fine through ball released Jack Ryan, but the latter delayed his shot and when the ball rebounded to McGee his tame effort was easily dealt with by Gould.
Scott Allison then cleverly pulled the ball out of the air but, as he turned to shoot, the alert Gould smothered the ball at his feet.
Another surging run from McGee and good hold-up play from Nathan Waterston, created a chance for Rob Wilson but his well-struck shot from distance just curled over the bar.
Very few positives for Reds to take out of this heavy defeat, with a frustrating afternoon compounded by a recurrence of Sam Smith’s ankle injury and a fifth booking for Conor Tinnion which will mean a one-match suspension.
Stourbridge Gould, Green, Westlake, Tonks, Duggan, Scarr (Pierpoint, 75) Dodd (Heath, 58), Broadhurst, Benbow (Hague, 67), Archer, Brown. Substitutes – Smikle, Canavan (not used).
Workington Taylor, Simpson, Rowntree, Calvert, Smith (May, 17), Wilson, Newby (Douglas, 46), McGee, Ryan (Waterston, 69), Allison, Tinnion. Substitutes – Symington, Hebson (not used).
Referee Sarah Garratt, Halesowen
Bookings: Dodd, Broadhurst (Stourbridge), Tinnion (Workington)