Reds turned on the style in the first league derby for fifteen years, putting Town to the sword with a dominant performance.
Although always second best in this BetVictor North West encounter, Kendal played with plenty of spirit in the first half but they were swept aside after the break and were fortunate to escape without serious damage to their ‘goals against’ column.
From the moment Dav Symington fired home the first goal after four minutes, there was never any doubt about the eventual outcome. Although Kendal never looked capable of mounting a serious fight-back, allowing Alex Mitchell a trouble-free evening in his first outing of the season, their general play wasn’t as bad as the league table led us to believe.
But they crumbled in the second half, presenting Symington & Co. the freedom of the park.
Symington’s opener, following a short corner routine with Conor Tinnion, hinted that DS was in the mood. He finished a great night’s work with two goals, struck the post with another bullet of a shot and, if further proof was needed that this talent will blossom this term, ask the green shirted defenders who bravely blocked three other goal bound efforts.
No surprise then that Symington was given the nod as the sponsors man-of-the-match, it was fully deserved.
But there were several other contenders, albeit after less spectacular contributions. Ceiran Casson continues to blossom, Robbie Hebson seems to be enjoying his second spell at Borough Park, Brad Hubbold is enjoying a rich seam of form and Charlie Bowman deservedly got the goal he deserved.
All caught the eye, as did Brad Carroll following his introduction at half time, but the night belonged to Dav!
Hubbold’s superbly taken second goal five minutes before the interval put Reds in the comfort zone.
Bowman headed home the third via Hebson’s pin-point cross after fifty-three minutes, with the target man netting his first league goal in red against his former club.
Then it was the turn of Gari Rowntree to get in on the act in the sixty-sixth minute with a close range right foot finish following a corner.
Symington started the scoring and finished it too with a belter thirteen minutes from time. He danced his way into the area using just his left foot before blasting the ball past Morgan Bacon with his right.
It would have been more had Bacon not produced a variety of saves to thwart Casson, Symington, Hubbold and Nathan Waterston.
And Town’s Michael Hodgson, Emil Jaaskelainen and Joe Dickson might have done better with the few opportunities which came their way.
The two sides will do it all again next week when Borough Park hosts an Integro League Cup tie, the outcome of which will be very interesting!
Match photos by Ben Challis & Gary McKeating
Workington: Mitchell, Hebson (Clarke, 78), Rowntree, Wordsworth, Smith, Hubbold, Symington, Casson, Bowman (Waterston, 57), Allison, Tinnion (Carroll, 46). Substitutes – Maguire, Ivison (not used).
Kendal Town: Bacon, O’Brien (Fitzsimons, 78), Fagan, Wainwright, Allington, Bamba, Hodgson, Pattinson (Paterson, 75), Jaaskelainen, Dickson (Moore, 72), Hulme. Substitutes – Bateson, Holliday (not used).
Referee: Chris Ellis, Newton Aycliffe
Bookings: Fagan, Hodgson (Kendal Town)