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Written by John Walsh   
Saturday, 17 October 2020

charlie bowman.pngPontefract Collieries 1, Workington 4

SAFELY through in the FA Trophy, with no alarms, Workington can concentrate now on Tuesday’s match of the week at home to Clitheroe.

They will certainly offer more of a threat than Pontefract did as the Collieries side virtually had to start from scratch after the summer departure of the manager and most of the team.

Saturday’s tie was over as a contest by half-time and if there was any disappointment for manager Danny Grainger it was conceding a goal from the last attack of the game.

Even then Grainger claimed that there had been a blatant push at the corner before Damian Reeves headed home, but it wasn’t picked-up by the referee.

Otherwise it was a very pleasing return to the ground where Reds had lost 2-1 on New Year’s Day, only one of four League defeats last season before it was voided.

A goal on four minutes certainly helped settle any nerves there might have been and in the first-half, in which they scored three times, the Cumbrians produced some excellent football, played at a brisk tempo.

The pitch had certainly improved from January 1 when it was heavy and rutted, making it difficult to play the passing football which has become their trademark.

But with Brad Hubbold pulling the strings in mid-field, probing one minute and going on old-fashioned dribbling runs the other, Reds controlled the first half.

Scott Allison almost scored in the second minute.  The acting captain, put in by a fine ball from Jordan Holt tried to flick the ball past keeper Mike Emery who managed to block with his leg.

But the breakthrough was only delayed by a couple of minutes to provide Reds with a dream start.

A deep corner saw Sam Smith coming round the back and after he fired back into the mix, an initial scramble was blocked but Charlie Bowman (pictured) followed in to drive the ball home from close range.

Workington continued to control the game with the hosts only mounting spasmodic attacks and any threats they posed came from dead ball situation where they could throw forward their big defenders.

But Reds managed the situations well and in the opening half Jim Atkinson only had oneserious save to make, going down smartly to hold a low shot from Albert Ibrahimi.

By then Reds were 2-0 to the good with the second coming on 23 minutes. Reuben Jerome made it with a great run, cutting in from the left to make the by-line and his low cross was slotted home by Hubbold.

Like the first, the third goal was also timed perfectly, arriving on the stroke of half-time. Again it a case of hitting the by-line, delivering the right cross and bingo! Two different players were involved in a virtual play-back of the second goal with Liam Brockbank providing the service and Bowman the finish.

Pontefract probably had their best spell at the start of the second half when Atkinson made a flying tip round the post to keep-out a 25-yarder from Reeves.

But the brief flurry petered-out and it was always Workington who looked the more dangerous.

Emery made two flying saves to keep out fine hits from substitutes Conor Tinnion and Dav Symington and Jerome found the side netting after another penetrating run.

Reds only goal of the half came on 58 minutes- a powerful header by Dan Wordsworth who got on the end of a Tinnion corner.

There was the chance for a brief cameo from Brandon Robertson, a rookie with clearly some ability, before Pontefract scored their last gasp consolation through Reeves’ header.

Pontefract: Emery, Nebard (Bailey 64),Gordon, Basi, Clare, Claxton, Smith (Tingle 87), Keane, Modeste, Reeves, Ibrahimi (Rothery 69). Subs (not used): Cable, McKenna.

Goal: Reeves (90 + 4)

Workington: Atkinson, Clarke, Brockbank, Wordsworth, Smith, Casson, Holt, Hubbold (Tinnion 53), Jerome, Allison (Symington 59), Bowman (Robertson 76).Subs (not used) Kelly, Potts, Carroll, Little.

Goals: Bowman (4, 45), Hubbold (23), Wordsworth (58)

Referee: Ian Johnston

Crowd: 191


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