In their first league outing for a month, Reds produced a near-complete performance to maintain top spot in BetVictor North West. They dominated long periods of the game, scored a well-worked goal in each half, kept a clean sheet and were good value for their eighth win of the season.
It was an important win too with several in-form sides also collecting valuable points as the top end of the table becomes rather congested.
And with nearly every member of the starting XI contributing positively throughout, it was a very satisfactory display.
Both goals were very pleasing on the eye and there could have been two or three more as Michael Ingham, helping with team matters until Tad appoint a new manager, pulled off a handful of excellent saves.
The opener after twenty-seven minutes was created by Scott Allison and superbly finished by Brad Hubbold. The former collected and controlled a long ball forward before a clever reverse pass put Hubbold in the clear who finished with aplomb.
The duo linked well together soon after with Hubbold the provider on this occasion only for Allison’s low shot to be saved by Ingham’s legs.
Reds fans always feel much happier when that ‘second goal’ comes and it did five minutes into the second half.
Hubbold was again involved in the build-up but it was Liam Brockbank’s pace and low cross which provided the assist for Nathan Waterston who scored the second and deciding goal from close range.
Reds were now in the comfort zone and Brockbank, Conor Tinnion and Millenic Alli all went close to improving the goal difference with decent attempts.
Tadcaster hadn’t conceded many goals in their previous nine games and the division’s best defence appeared grateful that Reds only managed a couple after a dominant performance.
The visitors did rally in the final twenty minutes and enjoyed more possession without threatening Jim Atkinson’s goal.
Jack Walters (header) and Jake Day (shot) did register efforts on target but Atkinson dealt with both comfortably.
Alli was given the final thirty minutes and looked lively in his first league outing for Reds and Jordan Little was introduced to his new team mates late in the game.
All in all, a pleasing afternoon after the trials and tribulations getting the game on but Albion will be thirsting for revenge when the sides meet again on Tuesday – this time in the FA Trophy.
Workington: Atkinson, Clarke, Brockbank, Wordsworth, Smith, Casson, Symington (Alli, 62), Hubbold (Ivison, 78), Allison, Waterston (Little, 85), Tinnion. Substitutes – Hebson, Bowman (not used).
Tadcaster Albion: Ingham, Porritt (Pattinson, 72), Walters, Wiles, Williamson, Milne, Chimalilo, Mbeka-Lebrun (Lomelin-Fox, 84), Day, Beestin, Dos Santos (Annan, 67). Substitutes – Olaosun and Burn (not used).
Referee: David Pill
Matchday images by Ben Challis