How appropriate that Reds host Trafford on Saturday (3pm), the 62nd anniversary of Manchester United’s visit to Borough Park for the greatest day in Workington’s history.
With both teams suffering 2-1 defeats on New Year’s Day, the clash is the ideal opportunity to register a first win of 2020. Whilst we were going down to a ‘hard to take’ defeat at Pontefract Collieries, Trafford slipped up at home to Ramsbottom United.
It was their ninth league reverse and underlines what a topsy-turvy season they are having. They didn’t win a league game in August, then hit form and climbed the table at a rapid rate but recent setbacks leaves them positioned in 8th place. On their day, as good as any team in the division but just lacking that commodity we all crave – consistency!
They have won eight matches so far including the division’s best home success (8-1 v. Pickering Town) and the most emphatic victory on the road (7-2 at Kendal Town).
We met at Pennybridge Lane back in August with Reds fortunate to grab a 1-0 win there. A late Dan Wordsworth goal decided a very close game so Tom Baker’s side will be keen for revenge.
It will be the fourteenth league meeting between the clubs with the head-to-head revealing that Workington have obtained six wins in the series compared to Trafford’s four successes. But Trafford can boast the best win so far, a 5-1 victory at Borough Park during the ’97-98 season.