Defensive errors cost Reds dear
By Paul Armstrong
This performance deserved a better outcome against the league leaders ...
... but matching them for seventy five minutes counts for nothing if old habits return in the closing stages of the game.
Two defensive howlers again proved costly as Town’s patience was rewarded with goals after 77 and 86 minutes.
Until then, Reds gave a good account of themselves but the relegation form they have produced on home soil for the past fourteen months, is bringing the prospect of Evo-Stik West football ever closer.
Borough Park is not a place for home comforts with Reds’ last twenty three league games the scene of just six victories and fifteen defeats. How do you change that losing mentality in the seven remaining matches?
Reds and Town do have one thing in common, with both having collected more points on the road than they have at home. There the similarity ends.
Yet the concern for over an hour in this contest belonged to the loyal band of Warrington supporters.
Reds huffed and puffed, created and missed chances but were solid at the back and a goalless draw, at least, looked a strong possibility.
Their first half opportunities saw Brad Carroll’s header, via a Conor Tinnion assist, comfortably saved by Tony McMillan while Josh Calvert found himself in acres of space but he failed to connect properly with the ball and a good chance was spurned.
Calvert almost scored a spectacular goal at the other end but Aaran Taylor saved his blushes by keeping out what would have been a classic own-goal with a brilliant reflex stop.
Town’s only other effort of note was Bohan Dixon’s side-footer which missed the target by inches.
Reds maintained a good tempo after the restart but luck was against them with three decent attempts at goal. Dav Symington’s free kick would certainly have tested McMillan but pole-axed Jason Walker instead, Carroll’s looping shot hit the crossbar and a goal-bound Calvert header was deflected over the bar by Ben Garrity.
Josh Amis should have given Town the lead when they countered quickly but Taylor and Calvert did enough to deny the powerful front man.
But Reds weren’t so defensively assured in the seventy seventh-minute. Carroll and Matty Douglas failed to win the ball which was worked out to Dylan Vassallo and the Town substitutes fired a well struck low shot past Taylor and into the net.
That deflated the hosts immediately, punished by Town’s first shot on target in the second half.
Vassallo’s wonderful left foot compounded the damage four minutes from time when he scored direct from a corner with no defender near the far post area.
Niall Cowperthwaite had a late chance to grab a consolation goal but his free-kick cleared the bar and Town celebrated a league double.
Workington Taylor, Douglas, Rowntree, Calvert, Smith, Carroll, Holt, Cowperthwaite, Walker, Joel (Thompson, 82), Tinnion (Symington, 36). Substitutes – Brotherston, Maguire, Harker (not used).
Warrington Town McMillan, Duggan (Evans, 73), Whittle, Beeley, Roberts, Raven, Mackreth (McCarthy, 67), Garrity, Gray (Vassallo, 46), Amis, Dixon. Substitutes – Benjamin, Hughes (not used).
Referee Chris Porter, Preston
Bookings: Dixon, Whittle (Warrington Town)