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Danny happy with new boy Gooden in friendly defeat PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Friday, 23 April 2021

reds training.pngWorkington Reds new signing Iyrwah Gooden made a highly-promising first appearance last night in a friendly game at Penrith.

It wasn’t a win for the Reds – they lost 3-2 to Pascal Chimbonda’s Academy side – but Gooden looked lively and sharp on his first appearance.

Manager Danny Grainger said: “I was pleased with how he looked and performed which was very promising.

“It hadn’t been a game we had planned so there were some players missing but Stephen (Rudd) knows Pascal and he had been looking for a friendly so we obliged.

“We used a couple of young trialists and players from the reserves so 15 in all got a run-out.

“We have had limited training and at the moment are just doing one session a week, which we will step-up nearer the new season.

“We have no new players in the pipeline at the moment but are continuing to look for people we think would fit in.”

Ex Premier League star Chimbonda is 42 now but he played the whole game while his Manchester-based players were all under the age of 23. There were one or two quick individuals among them too.

Reds actually took the lead after ten minutes with a smart finish from Ruben Jerome. He took the ball off the last defender before going on and steering a shot past the keeper.

Jim Atkinson ensured Reds stayed in front by making three good saves while Dan Wordsworth had to make a timely goal-line clearance.

But the visitors deserved an equaliser and it came late in the half when Nathan Ntalu broke clear and produced a clinical finish to beat Atkinson.

Dav Symington was close to restoring Reds lead soon after the re-start with a shot which the keeper tipped over but it was the Academy side who did score. Bebto Gomez broke through and finished with a well-struck shot on the run.

Brad Hubbold thought he had equalised with a smart turn and shot but the effort was ruled-out by a linesman’s flag.

The hosts did find a second goal near the end when a smart Gooden cross was deflected into the net by the luckless Chimbonda.

That should have been it with honours even but two minutes from the end a lightning break by the visitors ended with Ntalu snatching his second goal of the night.

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