Workington’s playoff hopes were dented after a 2-1 defeat against Buxton yesterday.
The Reds hadn’t lost a game at Borough Park since October but they found themselves 1-0 down after just 10 minutes when ‘keeper Jonny Jamieson lost control of the ball which allowed Buxton striker Liam Hardy to run through and bur the ball into the back of an empty net. The goal takes Hardy’s tally to 23 goals in the league this season, as he continues to be the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division’s top goal scorer.
Buxton then doubled their advantage in the second half, with a break away from a Reds attack leading to Shaun Tuton coolly slotting the ball into the bottom right hand corner of Jamieson’s net.
Bar a shot that was heroically blocked on the line by Reds fullback Sam Smith, Buxton created no further chances. But then again, their clinical finishing meant that they didn’t need to.
The Reds on the other hand created a plethora of goal scoring opportunities, but struggled to convert any of them.
Matty Tymon’s cross on 21 minutes was met by Gareth Arnison who was completely unmarked in the six yard box, but headed it straight at the visiting ‘keeper Aaron Jameson.
Connor Tinnion had two decent opportunities either side of half time. The first when he cut inside from the right hand side and unleashed a curling shot which just fell the wrong side of the left hand post. The second was a shot from inside the area which he dragged wide.
A shot from distance from Phil McLuckie and an overhead kick from substitute Scott Allison brought good saves from Jameson. Reds winger Alex Salmon had a great opportunity to get one back for the Reds, but he dragged his shot horribly wide when he should’ve at least tested the keeper.
It seemed as if Reds couldn’t buy a goal at this point and had two good penalty shouts waved away by Helen Byrne, the first ever female to referee a league game at Borough Park.
But in the 65th minute she had no other option but to point to the spot when Buxton’s Ash Palmer climbed on the back of Matty Tymon inside the area. Arnison stepped up and blasted the ball home to cut the deficit to just one goal.
In the final 15 minutes, Reds pushed hard for an equaliser. A succession of hopeful balls into the box eventually led to defender Kyle May nearly scoring right at the end, only to be saved by Jameson.
A disappointing result for Workington but they must dust themselves down quickly and prepare for Tuesday night’s crunch match against 2nd placed Ilkeston.