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Written by John Walsh   
Sunday, 01 November 2020

carllightfoot.pngGlossop North End 0,Workington 1

By John Walsh

SAFELY through to the first round proper of the FA Trophy it might be some time before they and others get the chance to make further progress.

It certainly wasn’t the most memorable of Workington’s eight victories this season but it might be all the fans, officials, players and management have to reflect on for a while.

With the constraints of lockdown likely to cause a suspension at this level of football a resumption before Christmas is the most optimistic scenario.

Reds will go into any unwanted break in good heart, if a little wounded. The feature of Saturday’s FA Trophy success wasn’t that only an early goal separated the two sides, but that Reds won with so many players missing and others battling on with knocks and strains.

Manager Danny Grainger was keen to point out at the end how players had responded in adversity – happy to have made progress when so many options had been unavailable to him.

“It just proved again what a great set of lads we have at the club. It would have seen off lesser teams but they all responded as we knew they would,” said Grainger.

Star striking duo Scott Allison and Reuben Jerome were both injured; Ceiran Casson was ill; Sam Smith, Brad Carroll and Brad Hubbold were carrying knocks and Robbie Hebson was still side-lined from the initial injury chaos a month ago.

The fact that Hubbold played the whole game and that Smith was forced into action after only 21 minutes emphasised how Reds could have been forced onto the back foot.

In truth Reds completely dominated the first 70 minutes of the match and it was only in the closing quarter that Glossop enjoyed anything remotely resembling pressure and the Cumbrians defended so well that keeper Jim Atkinson was not extended.

It has to be said, however, that the first chance of the game on four minutes actually fell to Glossop. Jordan Little was dispossessed and Alfons Fosu-Mensah was through on goal with only Atkinson to beat, but fortunately he shot tamely straight at the keeper.

It proved a costly miss because Reds went straight down the other end and scored what proved to be the winner. Skipper Conor Tinnion cut across the box from the right before firing home a left foot shot which left keeper Dale Latham stranded.

Keeping possession well, Reds had a couple more opportunities – the best when Hubbold and Liam Brockbank broke down the left and Dav Symington met the cross at the far post but saw his effort blocked at the expense of a corner.

Symington, though, should have doubled the lead at the start of the second half. He seemed to have a simple tap in from Matty Clarke’s low pull-back but somehow contrived to spoon it up and Glossop cleared.

Hubbold hit a great shot on the run which Latham had to go full length to palm away and Symington had the home keeper scrambling to save at the second attempt when he hit one from the edge of the area.

Glossop’s late response saw Moses Yoak go closest with a smart shot on the turn which whistled over the bar.

Tinnion was again a key performer for Reds, not just for his goal but his intelligent probing from mid-field.

Grainger has long sung the praises of his skipper, and did so again, but he also had a special word for teenager Carl Lightfoot (pictured) who was given his first start.

“He’s young, still learning and made mistakes but I think a lot of him as a player and I think he was a candidate for man of the match.

“He’s part of what we are trying to do at the club with Brian Dawson and Craig Johnston working with the young players and we want to bring them through,” said the manager.

Glossop North End: Latham, Haslam, Ahmadi, Matthews, Hartshore, Quansah, Moloney, Yoak (Billington 85), Fosu-Mensah, Burey (Fitton (68), Brown (Freedman 76). Subs (not used) Robertson, Mills.

Workington: Atkinson, Clarke, Brockbank (Kelly 71), Wordsworth, Little (Smith 21), Hubbold, Symington, Wooding-Holt, Bowman (Potts 62), Lightfoot, Tinnion. Subs (not used) Carroll, Foster, Bell, Robertson.,

Goal: Tinnion (5)

Referee: Mark Reeves

Crowd: 313


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