Tinnion's magic wand conjures up deserved victory
By Paul Armstrong
A sublime hooked volley from Conor Tinnion on the hour earned Reds three vital points in a game they dominated from start to finish.
Tinnion’s ninth goal of the season was scant reward in a morale boosting performance, and an out-of-sorts Whitby side couldn’t have complained had they suffered a much heavier reverse.
But the one goal, aided by a clean sheet, proved sufficient and, although still entrenched in the relegation zone, this win could enhance survival prospects.
Solid at the back, workmanlike and creative in midfield, Reds only downfall was their inability to convert more of the many chances they carved out.
Jason Walker saw an early header rebound off the crossbar, Dav Symington blasted a penalty over the bar and Town ‘keeper, Adam McHugh, kept out efforts by Garry Thompson, Matty Douglas and Walker again – and all that in the first half.
It was more of the same after the break with McHugh thwarting Tinnion, Symington and Walker, again, with Symington blasting another good chance wide and Tinnion seeing an effort cleared off the line by Kieran Weledji.
The Seasiders rarely troubled Aaran Taylor throughout a one-sided contest although the ‘keeper did well to save at Brad Fewster’s feet in the first half and the same player missed the target altogether with his only other effort of note.
And Town did get the ball in the net through Dale Hopson but former Red, Matty Tymon, had strayed offside in the build up.
Other than that it was all Workington and McHugh, who seemed to fumble several shots and crosses, kept Whitby in contention with a number of saves, routine and unorthodox.
He wasn’t troubled by Symington’s nineteenth minute penalty, however, awarded for Connor Smith’s trip on Walker. There was a debate between Walker and Symington as to who should step forward for the spot-kick with the latter doing so only to sky the ball over the bar.
The highlight of the game from a Workington perspective came on the hour and fittingly it was Tinnion’s wand of a left foot that treated us to another special goal. He had scored against Town in the match at Borough Park earlier in the season but to no avail as Chris Hardy’s side recovered to win.
This time, though, there would be no denying ‘Tinners’ his moment of glory with a thirty yard looping volley finding the net via the upright.
An even tempered contest suddenly erupted in the eightieth minute when Niall Cowperthwaite reacted to Callum Patton’s late challenge and they were booked for their part in the incident and Josh Calvert then got involved with a ‘slap-stick’ shove on the Whitby player.
Sam Smith was the pick of water-tight back four while Cowperthwaite, Brad Carroll and Tinnion ran the midfield in an all round excellent team display prompting Lee Andrews’ post match opinion.
“If we get that sort of response in the eight remaining games of the season, we have enough talent in that dressing room to get out of the situation we are in.”
Whitby Town McHugh, Smith, McWilliams, Gell, Weledji, White, Scott (Patton, 64), Hopson, Fewster, Tymon, Rutherford. Substitutes – Sukar, McTiernan, Bullock, Dixon (not used).
Workington Taylor, Douglas, Rowntree, Calvert, Smith, Carroll, Symington, Cowperthwaite, Walker (Joel, 86), Thompson (Allison, 65), Tinnion. Substitutes – Holt, Brotherston, Harker (not used).
Referee Deric Wade, Stockton
Bookings: White, Patton (Whitby Town), Smith, Calvert, Cowperthwaite, Tinnion (Workington)