Dryden's brace makes in nineteen for the season.
By Paul Armstrong
Reds Reserves played their final away game of the season and emerged comfortable winners against the Lancashire League’s strugglers.
North End hadn’t won a game all season but were 2-1 ahead at the break against a complacent Reds and looked on course for a shock win. But the Cumbrians dominated the second half and should have won by a more emphatic margin.
Nathan Dryden (inset) opened the scoring after twenty minutes when he finished in style after Glossop failed to deal with a cross from the right.
The hosts fought back and levelled on the half-hour mark when Aaron Woods and Reds’ keeper, Mitchell Tarbit, collided following a free kick from the left with the ball finishing in the net and Woods claiming the goal.
Lazy defending from Reds and a piece of brilliant skill from Abraham Girmay saw Glossop take the lead just before the interval. The talented wide man waltzed past four static defenders and placed the ball into the net for a fine individual goal, but a poor one to concede from a defensive perspective.
Underperforming Reds were level within a minute of the restart, though, with top scorer Dryden breaking clear and applying a composed finish to score his 19th goal of the season.
But his composure deserted him for the remainder of the game and he squandered several chances to complete his hat-trick.
Reds eventually regained the lead with a fortunate own-goal after sixty-two minutes. Dryden’s shot from distance rattled the crossbar but the rebound hit North End ‘keeper, Gift Etchie, on the back of the head and cannoned into the net.
Eitchie’s luck improved in the next attack when he kept out a Dryden penalty. The Reds’ front-man had been fouled inside the area by Declan Dixon and the referee awarded the penalty. Dryden took the spot-kick himself but was thwarted by Eitchie’s unorthodox save.
But the ‘keeper was at fault for a fourth Workington goal ten minutes before the end. He mishandled a low cross into the area and presented a chance to Carl Denver who accepted the gift by rolling the ball into an empty net.
Jack Rossi was Reds’ best on the night winning numerous tackles in midfield, spraying the ball about intelligently and hardly putting a foot wrong throughout the match.
Reds will complete their season when they play Glossop in the return fixture on Tuesday.