Reds stunned by brilliant Badgers

Workington Reds vs Eastwood Town - Lindon Meikle on the ball for Eastwood Town;Tuesday 25th January 2011: PAUL JOHNSON
Workington Reds vs Eastwood Town - Lindon Meikle on the ball for Eastwood Town;Tuesday 25th January 2011: PAUL JOHNSON

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Blue Square Bet North

WORKINGTON 0

EASTWOOD TOWN 3

Adie Hawes 12,

Lee Stevenson 40,

Anton Foster 50

by Andy Cope

Eastwood cruised to victory with goals from two unusual sources and the inevitable strike from midfield maestro Lee Stevenson.

However, their victory was built upon solid performances from every player.

They controlled the game from start to finish and were only denied a greater margin of victory by referee Philip Marsden, who waved away appeals for two stone wall penalties in the closing minutes.

After a scrappy opening the Badgers soon found their rhythm, Anton Foster’s shot charged down and Matt Rhead’s header easily claimed by keeper Aaran Taylor.

Workington’s David Hewson fashioned a shooting opportunity from 25 yards but fired well wide, but any hope of the home side getting into the game was scuppered just three minutes later as Eastwood took the lead.

Michael Simpson took a corner and the ball pinged around the box until it fell to Adie Hawes who rifled home from five yards for his first Eastwood goal.

Rhead and Hawes both had headers saved and Lindon Meikle retrieved the ball wide left, cut inside and beat four Workington players but his shot was well saved by Taylor.

Nick Rogan fired narrowly wide for the home side on 23 minutes as they started to get a foothold in the game without really seriously troubling John Danby.

Hewson nearly profited when Russell Cooke’s clearance ricocheted off the referee but his shot was wild.

The Badgers needed the comfort of a second goal to steady the nerves and it duly arrived four minutes from half-time.

A poor headed clearance from a Workington defender only found Rhead half way inside the Workington half. He headed the ball back over the defender, catching Workington’s last man Kyle May outnumbered by Meikle and Stevenson. With Taylor off his line, Stevenson guided the ball with his head over the keeper and into the empty goal.

Stevenson then almost doubled his tally for the night but his goalbound effort was blocked just before the break.

The third goal on 50 minutes really killed the game as a contest and owed everything to the persistence and ability of Meikle.

He chased a loose high ball that the Workington defence and keeper had given up. Bringing it under control with one touch, he cut in on goal and went around the keeper but, surrounded by three defenders, unselfishly teed up Foster to drill the ball into the goal for only the second time in his Eastwood career.

Paul Riley’s daisy-cutter went narrowly wide while at the other end Workington sub Adam Main volleyed well over.

Stevenson forced Taylor into a good save before Rhead had his best chance of the game but snatched at his shot and saw it go over the bar.

The Badgers should have had a penalty when Meikle was felled after running into the Workington box. Having skipped past one defender he knocked the ball past another but was taken down a good five feet inside the box.

However, the referee somehow managed to give a free-kick for the first offence which he presumably had played an advantage.

As the game neared its conclusion, sub Peter Knox went on one of his customary mazy runs which saw him upended in the box. Again the referee saw nothing untoward, waving away loud appeals from the Eastwood contingent.

Eastwood: 1 John Danby 2 Russell Cooke 3 Paul Riley 4 Michael Simpson (c) 5 David Haggerty 6 Adie Hawes 7 Anton Foster (Jon D’Laryea 88) 8 Lee Stevenson 9 Matt Rhead (Peter Knox 82) 10 Lindon Meikle (Adam Muller 82) 11 Andy Todd Subs not used: Sam Duncum, Markel Bailey.

Att: 294 Ref: P Marsden

Best Badger: Adie Hawes