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Workington 0 – 3 Harrogate Town

A brilliant second half performance by Harrogate lit up a dreary afternoon at Borough Park.

Town included loan signings, Brad Abbott from Barnsley and Tom Allan from York City in their starting line up.

After an early Dave Merris centre across the Reds goal, Workington countered with Gavin Skelton breaking down the left and crossing for Steve Hindmarch to shoot over from the edge of the area.

Tom Allan soon proved his worth with an excellent tackle to halt Joe Jackson,and with the returning, Shane Killock in good form, the Town defence looked solid.

Adam Nowakowski, who was also returning from injury, bolstered Town’s midfield and began to provide ammunition for the forwards.

But it was Workington who almost provided Town with the lead when keeper Joel Dixon drove a short back pass from Bruno Fernandes at Ashley Worsfold, but he quickly retrieved the situation when he dropped on the loose ball.

A powerful run by Brad Abbott enabled him to send Dave Merris down the left but Worsfold could only hit his centre over the bar.

The Cumbrians exerted late first half pressure and Killock blocked a powerful drive from Scott Allison and Craig MacGillivray saved well from Allison’s follow up.

Lee Andrews fired over from thirty yards and MacGillivray made a full length save from Allison as The Reds pressed hard, but everything changed after the break.

After Town survived an early goalmouth scramble, in which Anton Brown cleared of the line,the visitors took control.

A double substitution with Chris Hall and Cleveland Taylor replacing Brad Abbott and Liam Hardy, provided the spark for Town.

Harrogate TownTaylor soon made his presence felt with a searching free kick which Nowakowski headed narrowly over, before Town took the lead on 61 minutes.

Fernandes chopped down Hall inside the area and Worsfold gave Dixon no chance from the penalty spot.

Ten minutes later, Fernandes failed to cut out Hall’s through ball and Worsfold raced clear to clinically beat Dixon.

Within two minutes, Town put the result beyond doubt when Merris broke down the left and his measured cross was headed in at the far post by Chris Hall.

It was an excellent performance by Town with Killock and Allan providing stability at the back and Brown and Nowakowski having fine games in midfield.

This completed Town’s second double of the season.

Town, 1 MacGillivray, 2 Bloomer, 3 Merris, 4 Brown, 5 Killock (c), 6 Allan,7 Nowakowski, 8 Abbott,( Hall 51 mins), 9 Worsfold, 10 Hardy,( Taylor 51), 11 Rowe ( Mitchell 72).

Unused subs, 15 Bolder, 17 Woods. Bookings Merris.

Scorers, Worsfold 61 pen,72. Hall 73. Att.297


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