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Workington AFC v. Ramsbottom United

Workington AFC 5 - 1 Ramsbottom United
28 Sep 2019 - 15:00Borough Park, Workington, CA14 3EQ

The points were in the bag after forty minutes with Reds racing to an unassailable four-goal lead against a distinctly out-of-sorts Ramsbottom outfit.

And although the visitors stemmed the flow of goals after the break, this was an afternoon they will quickly want to forget.

They caught the full force of a rampant Reds keen to put their own poor display at Clitheroe behind them.  It was a great response from the whole squad and their performance confirmed the potential, and goals, in a side that consolidated top spot in the North West Division.

It was an afternoon to celebrate some quality goals and none more so than Reds’ second – a significant one in terms of the match, there was no way back for Rammy after that, but a career milestone for Scott Allison.  His 100th goal for the club finally arrived after an anxious five-match wait since his 99th!

Fittingly, it was a good goal to reach the century not that a tap-in from close range would have devalued this superb achievement.

And in contrast to the way Reds play their football this season, it was a goal out of the Route 1 category.  The recalled Jim Atkinson sent the ball long towards Scott on the right flank and he cut inside the last defender before applying a fine left-foot finish leaving Tom Stewart helpless.

Reds were already in front before Allison’s sixteenth-minute strike and he was involved in the build-up to that one too.

Dav Symington broke clear down the left and his low cross was met by Allison but a brilliant reflex save from Stewart kept out the initial shot.  But the ball rebounded conveniently to the supporting Brad Carroll and he converted from close range.

Carroll came close soon after, rolling the ball across the face of goal before it drifted wide.  And Symington saw a low shot gathered at the foot of the post by Stewart who must have been questioning the whereabouts of his defence for much of the first half.

Rammy survived an almighty scramble following a Conor Tinnion corner, but their rearguard was breached for a third time on the half-hour with an excellent move, started and finished by Charlie Bowman.

He did particularly well holding up the ball on the half-way line before turning down the line and progressing the move of the match.  Skipper Tinnion eventually returned the ball to Bowman, who had continued his run, and the latter blasted the hosts into a three-goal advantage.

After thirty-nine minutes, the home supporters were cheering once more with the ball finding its way into Stewart’s net again.

Brad Hubbold swivelled 180 degrees and turned defence into attack with a pinpoint diagonal ball releasing Symington.  He went around the outside of Sam Adelitoye before sending the perfect cross-shot beyond Stewart and into the far corner.

It had been a dominant performance from Danny Grainger’s side but they conceded a goal in sloppy fashion three minutes before the break.  Jay Kelly, who produced a fine farewell performance, failed to clear the ball and Ramsbottom pounced to reduce the arrears with virtually their first sortie into Workington territory.  Jamie Rother met the ball in full stride and guided it past the hitherto under-worked Atkinson.

Ramsbottom resumed in the second half by introducing their three substitutes and, although they were unable to salvage anything, they at least stopped the rot.

That may have had something to do with Reds’ finishing not matching the standard they had set in the first half with Dan Wordsworth, Nathan Waterston and Allison all squandering clear-cut opportunities.

A rare corner from the visitors caused a moment or two of panic for Reds with a Gari Rowntree header hitting the upright before a second follow-up effort was blocked.

But normal service was resumed after seventy-six minutes when Reds restored their four goal advantage with another well-taken effort.

Hubbold was again the creator with a measured assist down the inside left channel releasing Waterston.  He advanced towards goal, kept his composure and finished with aplomb.

Tinnion, returning to form after injury problems in recent weeks, almost capped a great afternoon with a sixth goal but his well-struck effort from the edge of the box was gratefully gathered by Stewart.

An enjoyable afternoon at Borough Park and one centurion Allison will cherish with pride.

Matchday photos courtesy of Ben Challis.

Workington: Atkinson, Kelly J, Brockbank, Wordsworth, Rowntree, Casson, Symington (Maguire, 78), Carroll (Hubbold, 36), Bowman (Waterston, 61), Allison, Tinnion.  Substitutes – Clarke, Hebson (not used).

 Ramsbottom United: Stewart, Adelitoye, Kennedy, Osi-Efa (Murphy, 46), Perkins, Lugsden, Hmami (Jones, 46), Rother, Chukwu (Maher, 46), Naidole, Evangelinos.  Substitutes – Gooden, Fawns (not used).

Referee: Helen Conley, Bishop Auckland

Booking: Wordsworth (Workington)

Attendance: 469

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