The football matched the weather – dismal – with Reds losing to City for the second time this season.
Reds were missing several regulars and struggled to find any rhythm in the first half, although they did have a goal disallowed when it was goalless. Josh Palmer’s header appeared to have opened the scoring but the referee ruled otherwise.
City did score twice to establish a deserved lead but Reds responded with a Louis Webster effort, which rebounded off the crossbar, and a narrow miss from Elliot Lowrie.
They found themselves three goals in arrears and it was only in the final twenty minutes that they restored some pride. Jack Burns scored from a free kick and James Bell’s late strike made it an anxious last few minutes for City but, overall, it was a frustrated, well below par performance from Reds.
Both sides finished with ten men and Workington’s red card recipient, Cain Pears, was not the only one disciplined. Manager, Brian Dawson, had earlier been ordered from the technical area following remarks to the referee.
For the record, City’s goals were scored by Tom Hickey (2) and Aaron Roberts.
Team: Paden-Gale, Dmytrowski, Butterworth, Skinner, Whitehead, Bell, Burns (Downes), Hambling, Lowrie (Pears), Josh Palmer, Webster (Bosward).