Workington 3, Warrington Town 1
CONOR Tinnion inspired Workington Reds to their 11th home win of the season in the Evo Stik Premier League.
Two spectacular goals, and a typically industrious display from the talented winger, clinched an important win against a competent and, at times, dangerous Warrington side.
Warrington in fact, probably shaded a goal-less first-half when it need two outstanding saves from Aaran Taylor to keep Reds on terms.
Both teams were prepared to play open, attractive football on a tacky pitch and a strong wind didn’t really affect the mind-set of the two protagonists.
After the dismal performance and result at Mickleover last week Workington showed more resolve in defence, particularly in the first-half when Warrington were a their liveliest.
Scott Harries cut in from the right and fired in a low shot which was heading for the bottom corner until Taylor got down and turned it round for a corner.
There was also a cracking shot from Connor McCarthy which Taylor leapt to turn over the bar while all the back-four distinguished themselves with solid tackles or brave blocks.
Workington were closest to scoring through Tinnion who leapt to reach a Gari Rowntree cross and a well-placed downward header was bound for the bottom corner when Tony McMillan got across to scoop the ball behind for a corner.
There was a significant shift in dominance after the break as Reds took charge and eight minutes after the re-start they broke the deadlock.
Both Allison and Jack Ryan went down in the box and referee Shane Sugden pointed to the spot for the initial foul on Reds’ top scorer. Dave Symington sent McMillan the wrong way from the resultant penalty to give Workington lift-off.
McMillan was, by now, the busier keeper but he wasn’t beaten until the 67th minute. Tinnion, out on the left, moved back inside and with his right foot sent a lovely, curling shot beyond McMillen into the far corner.
His second, and Workington’s third came on the 80th minute and was from the more familiar left foot. He had been fouled eight yards outside the area and proceeded to curl the free-kick over the wall and into the far corner.
The perfect result from there would have included a clean sheet but on 89 minutes substitute Dylan Vassallo headed in a cross from fellow sub Daniel Hattersley.
They even had the ball in the net in the four minutes of time added on but it was disallowed for offside.
This was much more like it from Reds, pretty similar to the victory over Whitby two weeks earlier. There was disappointment in losing Rob Wilson just before kick-off but the returning James Earl and long-serving Anthony Wright provided the right sort of mix in central midfield.
Sam Smith, given his first start for several months, looked as if he’d never been away and across the pitch there were many reasons for the management dup to feel pleased with the team’s performance.
But after the Cumberland Cup quarter final with Cleator Moor Celtic at Borough Park on Tuesday Reds face two, tough away games against sides with physical presence – Stafford on Saturday and Grantham a week later.
Reds: Taylor, Simpson, Rowntree (May 85), Calvert, Smith, Earl, Symington (Joel 72), Wright, Ryan (Waterston 83), Allison, Tinnion. Subs (not used) Douglas, Fowler.
Warrington: McMillen, Gumbs, Askew, Ventre (Williams 75), McCarten, Robinson (Vassaloo 66), Harries, Smart, Jerome (Hattersley 60), McCarthy, Monaghan. Subs (not used) Carden, Shaw.
Referee: Shane Sugden