EASTWOOD Town are now six points from safety after Workington took all three points at Coronation Park on Saturday.
Blue Square Bet North
EASTWOOD TOWN 0
Mark Boyd 37
David McNiven 42
Gareth Arnison 49
by Mark Duffy
WHEN you’re down at the bottom, things just don’t go your way - or so they say.
So it was with great trepidation that fans of both Eastwood and Workington converged on Coronation Park to see which of the two strugglers would have that adage applied to them the most.
The answer was emphatically the Badgers, who saw several good chances go astray and their defence go wanting again as Workington scored three goals in 12 minutes either side of half-time.
The visitors deserved to win, of that there’s little doubt, but despite some bright spells Eastwood fans were again left wondering just where points are likely to come from in this ever-frustrating season.
Workington had the first effort of note when James Severn pushed wide a long-range strike by Mark Boyd, though it looked as if the ball was heading past the post without the young goalkeeper’s intervention.
Eastwood were creating little at this point and were under threat again on 22 when Gareth Arnison again had Severn dealing with a long-range shot, this time comfortably gathered.
But a golden opportunity came the Badgers’ way moments later when Peter Knox, making his fourth debut for the club, got free down the left and drilled a ball across the six-yard box which the arriving Jason Bradley couldn’t turn into the net, apearing to miss the ball completely when he really should have scored.
Knox himself then came very close on 26, when Paul Riley’s left-wing corner was straight onto the head of the striker but Aaron Taylor pulled off a stunning save at point-blank range to turn the ball over the bar.
It was a good spell of pressure for Eastwood who had suddenly arrived in the game, but the woodwork would come to their rescue on 29 minutes.
Boyd curled a free-kick from the edge of the area which deflected off a head in the wall, hit the inside of the post and was eventually cleared.
Boyd again shot from distance on 35 but the effort flashed just wide, but it was to be fourth time lucky for the Workington midfielder a minute later.
The ball was laid back to him by Arnison 25 yards out and he hit a shot which took a wicked deflection to wrong-foot Severn and find the corner of the net.
And five minutes later it was 2-0. Gari Rowntree’s cross was flicked on by Arnison and David McNiven arrived to head low into the net.
It should even have been three moments later when Phil McLuckie put McNiven through the middle but he half-volleyed his shot wide of the post.
Boyd was first to show in the second-half too when another shot from distance went wide, and Arnison was then released by a Steve Istead error but couldn’t get his effort on target.
But Arnison wasn’t to be denied moments later, as he broke into the box from sub Michael McLellan’s pass and finished low into the corner.
Knox was denied by another good Taylor stop on 57 as Eastwood tried to salvage something from the game, and had a shot blocked after a good move saw him break into the penalty area minutes later.
Josh Burge had a header tipped wide by Taylor after Workington had made a mess of things at the back, and then a double chance saw David Haggerty’s header cleared off the line and Bradley somehow miss the follow-up with a header from two yards out straight at Taylor.
Markel Bailey, on as a sub at half-time, drove another shot at Taylor on 74, before the referee, Ryan Johnson, showed a bizarre lack of consistency by failing to book McLellan for kicking the ball away following an offside, something he’d yellow-carded Knox for in the firsthalf.
Istead was next to test Taylor but again the Workington keeper kept an effort out, and Cameron Fearon found both the side netting and then Taylor’s hands in injury-time, but despite creating, and missing, several chances, it was to be another blank day in Eastwood’s horrible season.
Eastwood: 1 James Severn 2 Cameron Fearon 3 Sam Benjamin (Sam Wood 46) 4 Danny Elliott (Markel Bailey 46) 5 David Haggerty 6 Gavin Caines 7 Steve Istead 8 Josh Burge 9 Peter Knox 10 Jason Bradley 11 Paul Riley (c) Subs not used: Jevaise Christie, David Boafo, Jake Want. Att: 209
Best Badger: Peter Knox