Reds’ inconsistent start to the season continued and a below par performance in the Allerdale derby resulted in a disappointing exit from the Benevolent Cup.
Up against an Athletic side with several former Workington Reserves players in their ranks, the young Reds were second best throughout with the hosts emerging worthy winners.
Conceding an early goal didn’t help and Athletic were in front after two minutes with Ethan Weir opening the scoring.
There was a brief response from Workington and Ben Davidson equalised on the twenty-minute mark.
But Maryport took control and regained the lead before half time with Callum Casson, one of several players with Reds connections, scoring their second.
If there was to be an improvement after the interval Workington had to score first but it was Maryport who made it 3-1 when Weir got his second soon after the restart. Cam Moir got his name on the score sheet in the fiftieth minute to make it four and the tie was effectively over at that point.
Thankfully, Reds didn’t concede any further goals and managed to reduce the arrears two minutes from time when Aaron Williams scored his first goal for the club.
Team: Aaron Lister, Hayden Rae, Dan Whitehead, Zach Martin, Robbie Wilson, Hayden Percival, Louis Webster, Cain Pears, Ben Davidson, Lewis Moore, Jack Brown. Substitutes – Ben Wade, Scott Paden-Gale, Luke Whitehead, Zach Lester, Aaron Williams (all used).