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Unbeaten records on the line at Borough Park PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Monday, 19 October 2020

david lynch.pngLike Workington, tomorrow night’s opponents Clitheroe have lost only one game this season – in the FA Cup.

They went-out a round earlier than Reds, losing 1-0 in a shock exit at Warrington Rylands of the North West Counties League.

Since then they have gone on a seven-match unbeaten run, culminating in Saturday’s 1-0 FA Trophy win at Dunstan.

Reds crashed out of the FA Cup 5-3 at Radcliffe and since then they have strung together a six match unbeaten run, up to Saturday’s 4-1 FA Trophy success at Pontefract Collieries.

It leaves the stage set for a cracking game at Borough Park tomorrow night when Reds will have another 400 sell-out crowd.

There will be some familiar faces, too. Ex Reds midfielder David Lynch (pictured) is the Clitheroe player-manager and the Trophy tie at Dunstan saw him named as an unused substitute, the first time he has put himself on the bench.

That’s unlikely to be the case tomorrow but Cole Lonsdale, who spent time with Reds last season, was back in the Blues starting line-up on Saturday.

Lonsdale’s return in place of Danny Wilkins was the only change Lynch made from the mid-week win over Ramsbottom as the Blues’ boss showed his determination to launch a run in the competition.

And it was Lonsdale’s deep cross for Kielan Adams to steer into the top corner at full stretch on 48 minutes which ultimately separated the sides.

Adams’ third goal in four games and a late penalty save from Chris Thompson took the Blues through to earn £2,250 in prize money.

Adams’ fine finish  was enough to overcome the NPL North-West Division leaders but it also took Thompson’s heroics to seal the deal as he saved from the spot to record a second clean sheet of the campaign and keep the Blues’ momentum going.

New signing Iyrwah Gooden made his Blues’ debut from the bench with a quarter of an hour to go and moments later Dunston missed the chance to equalise from the spot following a handball awarded against Chris Smalley in the box.

Thompson superbly kept out Connor Bell’s attempt and Craig Hobson then almost gave the Blues added breathing space with a header from Conor Gaul’s cross which came back of post and bar with five minutes to go.

Hobson then went into the book and in a fiery finish Dunston captain Michael Hall was sent off as the defiant Blues sealed their passage through.

Gooden, who is on dual registration with Chester City, played last season at Ramsbottom with Workington’s Reuben Jerome and is acknowledge by Reds boss Danny Grainger as “a good player.”

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