Workington report

Townsley Shines in Tough Test for City

City 0
Workington 1
Tuesday 9th July

City were faced with their first major challenge of pre season as they faced fellow Cumbrians Workington Reds. It was always going to be a tough game for Jim Nichols’ side against higher division opponents.

The opening half hour featured chances for both sides. Connor Tinnion and Ceiran Casson both coming close for the reds, and Jordan Palmer had City’s first threatening shot which was deflected inches wide of the post.

Controversy sparked five minutes before the break as the away side were awarded a penalty. A Workington attacker made his way into the box and past Peter Allison who challenged for the ball. The Reds’ forward skipped past the defender and took a shot which went wide of the near post. Nevertheless, the referee brought the play back and pointed to the spot.

Scott Allison stepped up and fired the ball past a stretched Kyle Townsley, seemingly to put his side ahead. However, early encroachment from the Reds meant that the spot kick had to be retaken. Allison struck again but the shot was low and central, City’s keeper got down quickly to parry and the follow ups were blocked by the Sky Blues’ defence.

Half time 0-0

City did well to create chances after a tough opening fifteen but were pegged back just before the hour mark. Following an altercation between Dan Kirkup and a Reds player, Dav Symington picked up the ball on the right. From distance he struck a powerful shot which was awkward for Townsley and it found the back of the net. 0-1 57”.

The visitors, as expected, had more chances but struggled to find a second goal. Substitute Nathan Waterston asked questions of Townsley on numerous occasions, but the City keeper was adamant on not conceding again.

In possession, City did threaten on the attack and Kirkup was prominent in the air at both sides of the field for the Sky Blues. Substitute Bailey White looked dangerous on the attack and forced a save out of the Workington goalie in the dying seconds of the game. After receiving the ball from Marc Shiel, he turned his man and fired a strong shot which was tipped over the bar from close range.

Full time 0-1

The game proved to be a test for City but a lot of positives will have came from the match. Our next pre season fixtures include trips to Lochar Thistle and Milnthorpe, as well as a match against Kendal Town.

City team: Townsley, Allison, Potts, Kirkup, Taylor, Earl, Studholme, Seggie, B Palmer, J Palmer, Bradbury.
Subs: Armstrong, Graham, Douglas, Shiel, White, Errington, Gallimore.

Will Stuart

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