'Keeper Ousby in outstanding form
Preparations were far from ideal for Reds’ Lancashire League fixture in Leeds with the minibus transporting the players delayed for over an hour in heavy traffic.
The journey from the ground to Penrith took almost two hours, instead of the normal fifty minutes, due to thousands of cars departing the Keswick area after Stage 6 of the Tour of Britain cycle race.
The upshot being the squad arriving at the venue twenty minutes after the scheduled 8pm start and being instructed to kick-off within ten minutes without a warm-up.
Considering the build-up, the team put on a brave rearguard action only to concede goals after sixteen and forty-nine minutes.
But Reds almost took the lead five minutes in when Nathan Dryden got beyond the RIASA back line only to see his goal-bound effort cleared off the line.
That was as good as it got, though, in a tough first half.
The students opened the scoring with frightening pace undoing Reds down their left flank. An excellent cross to the back post was finished in style by Sol Griffin.
Griffin also hit the woodwork and Reds’ ‘keeper, David Ousby, kept the score respectable with three fine saves in the first half.
Ousby (inset) then pulled off a remarkable save soon after the restart, tipping over another superb effort from Griffin.
But it only delayed the inevitable momentarily with Bradford doubling their lead soon after. Griffin was the provider on this occasion, supplying the assist from the right which Jakor Burdett converted from eight yards.
There was no shortage of effort and commitment but Reds were second best throughout and, apart from the outstanding Ousby, only skipper Joe Hetherington performed to a decent standard.
Bradford Riasa Curtis, Weiner, Reale, Bell, Heard, Ramsey, Griffin, Calfo, Davis, Burdett, Boone. Substitutes – Clark, Iacono, Neptun, Neale, Marcos.
Workington Ousby, Sinclair, Watson, Casson, Hetherington, Harker, Porthouse, McNally, Sharp, Dryden (Moore, 50), Holliday. Substitute Monaghan (not used).
Referee Gordon Grieves
Bookings: Curtis and Griffin (Bradford), Casson and McNally (Workington)