By Paul Armstrong
Another sad afternoon at Borough Park with Reds establishing an unwanted club record as this relegation campaign continues to disappoint and frustrate.
An eighth successive home defeat consigned Workington to Evo-Stik West football next season and that painful sequence surpasses a seven match losing run back in the 1951-52 campaign.
Yes they have endured worse seasons than the current one but this dreadful run, which began with the loss against Basford United in February, will carry a stigma second to none.
And this performance was a carbon-copy of many that have gone before with Reds in the game until deciding to shoot themselves in the foot by conceding a needless penalty, compounding an already fragile state of mind.
The game changer on this occasion was Dan Wordsworth’s coming together with Anthony Wilson five minutes before the break. It was the thirteenth spot-kick conceded with Wordsworth culpable for four.
Ashley Worsfold subsequently converted and a half decent performance from Reds until that point deteriorated thereafter.
Minutes earlier, Worsfold and Wordsworth tangled in a similar incident but the Trinity player was booked on that occasion for simulation.
I think the referee probably got both penalty decisions right but not sure if Worsfold or Wordsworth deserved their subsequent yellow cards.
Trinity’s Wilson had missed the easiest of chances in the first minute when the ball fell conveniently to him after Aaran Taylor and Matty Douglas got in each other’s way. But he did have the final say in the second half, meeting Alex Byrne’s corner towards the near post and heading in the second after sixty seven minutes.
By then Reds had been reduced to ten men when Scott Allison was sent off for an untidy, rather than dangerous, challenge on Simon Russell.
Allison had forced Joe Green into the game’s first save earlier in the game and also saw one shot clear the bar while Jordan Holt and Dav Symington were the only others to threaten the Gainsborough goal.
The Lincolnshire side also had the ball in the net on three other occasions but a referee assistant’s flag each time prevented them racking-up a more emphatic victory.
Reds had gone into the game without Sam Smith and Josh Calvert, then lost Niall Cowperthwaite in the warm-up, saw skipper Gari Rowntree hobble off in pain before the end and will be without the suspended Allison for the three remaining games.
The end of the season cannot come soon enough for players and supporters alike.
Workington Taylor, Symington, Rowntree (Harker, 85), Wordsworth, Douglas, Carroll, Allison, Holt, Walker (Joel, 77), Carmichael, Tinnion. Substitutes – Cowperthwaite, Thompson, Maguire K (not used).
Gainsborough Trinity Green, Austin, Gordon, Russell, Maguire J, Stanfield, Byrne (Hughes B, 75), Clarke, Worsfold, Hannah (Simmons, 86), Wilson (Hughes L, 80). Substitutes – Middleton, Evans (not used).
Referee Shane Sugden, Bishop Auckland
Bookings: Wordsworth (Workington), Worsfold (Gainsborough Trinity)
Red card: Allison (Workington)