Poor first half costs Reds dear
Workington’s hit and miss start to the season continued at the Winner Recruitment Stadium, with an unacceptably poor first half showing contributing to a third successive defeat on the road.
It left a downbeat David Hewson making a public apology to the supporters after a first defeat in six outings against Town.
“First and foremost, I would like to thank the fans who have travelled and apologise for the performance they have witnessed because it simply wasn’t good enough,” lamented the joint boss.
“It was disappointing in so many aspects of the game. We didn’t approach it in the right way and when you have ten players who are not ‘at it’ in the first 30-45 minutes then you’ve got an uphill battle.
“They (Warrington) had more hunger, desire and passion to win that game which hurts me. I will always protect the players, I will always do that, but it was blatantly obvious tonight that one team wanted to win the game more than the other and, if that’s the case, you have no chance.”
Reds couldn’t handle the pace of Warrington’s Jack Mackreth with the much travelled winger, who had a spell with Barrow, causing all kinds of problems for a rearguard short of clean sheets and confidence.
Town netted two goals in four minutes mid-way through the first half but it might have been double that had it not been for several fine saves from Aaran Taylor, the only player to escape criticism from the manager.
But Taylor couldn’t keep the yellow shirts at bay on his own and was beaten after 23 and 27 minutes.
Mackreth had a hand in both goals. His cross from the right led to the first and, although Dylan Vassallo failed to connect with the ball, Tony Gray was lurking with intent.
He curled the ball over Taylor and in to the far corner of the net and whether it was a cross or a shot is irrelevant, a player of such proven ability shouldn’t have been allowed the freedom of the borough.
Adam Hughes and Max Brown
Taylor was a tad unlucky with the second and decisive goal after beating out Mackreth’s initial shot. The ball went straight back to the winger who marked his home debut by smashing it into the net.
But credit to shell-shocked Reds who, at least, made a better fist of things after the interval. It had to be better and it was, marginally.
The only positive to emerge, however, was the return of Scott Allison who got forty five minutes of action under his belt, kicking his first ball in anger since April.
All things considered, he did very well and was unlucky not to mark his return with a goal. A cleverly disguised pass of the match from Conor Tinnion prised open Town’s rearguard but Tony McMillan reacted quickly and got a big hand on Allison’s attempted chip.
McMillan was forced into his only other save of note on the hour mark when an equally fine stop prevented Max Brown’s first league goal.
Other than that, Reds huffed and puffed to no avail and were, particularly in that painful first half, as insipid as their new grey change strip.
Warrington Town McMillan, Duggan, Hughes, Garrity, Roberts, Raven, Mackreth (Caton, 79), Beeley, Amis (Brodie, 70), Gray (Dixon, 85), Vassallo. Substitutes – Carden, Evans (not used).
Workington Taylor, Mellen, Rowntree (Allison, 46), Wordsworth, Douglas, Cowperthwaite, Maguire, Hubbold, Brown (Mossop, 62), Joel, Tinnion. Substitutes – Tidy, Miller, Casson (not used).
Referee Daniel Hitchell, Wirral