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9 second goal stuns Skem

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Skelmersdale United 1-2 Workington

United faced an inform Workington and without a recognised No 9 it was left to Manager Richard Brodie to lace up his boots once again to lead the line, with United kicking off Brodie made his way forward only to be left a gap, United lost the ball, Reuben Jerome playing in David Symington, the vastly experienced striker let fly and keeper Sam Ashton making his 99th appearance could do nothing about it and United were a goal behind after just 9 seconds.

The visitors with their tails up piled on early pressure with sturdy defending keeping the score at 1, United’s first effort came after 14 minutes when Elliott Morris skimmed his marker and delivered a telling cross, Sam Turner couldn’t quite make a telling connection and the ball was comfortably saved by Atkinson. Morris was causing the Cumbrians problems with his pace and another of his crosses went just out of the reach of Brodie. Lewis Reilly could have had a second, his close-range effort scraping the outside of the post as United again had to battle hard to stay in the game, Hagen, Grogan & Herbert all performing heroics at the heart of the defence.

With just two minutes of the half remaining Workington scored a second, Jerome again the provider his cross found McCarragher, his initial shot was brilliantly saved by Ashton, but the striker pounced for the rebound.

The game boiled over on the stroke of half time, all 22 players being involved, the aftermath saw the dismissal of United’s Devine and the visitors star man Jerome.

With the teams reduced to 10 a side for the second period, it was United who benefited and showed early pressure, Sub Taylor Prescott was quickly into the action seeing a shot just inch wide. Tom Freeman made a charging run with his chipped effort just catching the fingertips of Atkinson. It was no surprise when Prescott pulled a goal back on the hour, Hagen & Turner combining with the latter’s cross smashed home from a yard out.

The final 15 minutes all belonged to Skem, a succession of corners ended when Prescott’s shot was cleared off the line. Substitute Matty Hamilton’s first touch was a rocket from the edge of the box that well blocked and Djalo & Mclaughlin set up Hamilton his 25-yard effort was tipped onto the bar.

As United threw men forward in search of an equalizer their play had deserved, Workington made forays forward the most dangerous attack came when Djalo was adjudged to have fouled Tinnion on the edge of the box, the resulting freekick went inches wide which would have been an injustice to United’s performance.

United might have lost the game but gained many supporters with their footballing effort on the afternoon Manager Brodie was quick to praise his charges “I thought we were brilliant in the second half, a real team performance, all we are missing is an accomplished No 9 to put away those chances we created, those kind of players don’t come cheap and are not easily available but we will keep on searching for the right type of player”.

Skelmersdale United – Ashton, Hagan, Freeman Sheen, Herbert, Grogan, Morris, Devine, Brodie, McLaughlin, Turner. SUBS: Hamilton, Djalo, Prescott. Unused Wagster, Lees.

Workington – Atkinson, Clarke, Birch, Wordsworth, Casson, Carroll, Symington, McCaragher, Reilly, Jerome, Tinnion. SUBS: Palmer, Leslie, Moran, Rigg, Eccles.

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