City Reserves fall to opening day defeat against Workington
By Shane Hudson
New look City Reserves made the trip to Workington on Wednesday to play out a hard fought game, eventually losing 6-2.
A 12-man squad inclusive of a player-manager made the trip to Workington on Wednesday to open the league campaign.
A strong start to the game saw City's Reserves craft a couple of key chances early doors, but they failed to take them and were soon punished at the other end.
Workington's pacey attack began to cause trouble for City's defences and just after the 15 minute mark the Reds took the lead.
They added a 2nd before half time which saw a spirited and hardworking City side go into the break 2 down.
Inside the opening 2 minutes of the 2nd half Workington hit the ground running and added a 3rd, meaning any half time instruction was soon hindered.
An unfortunate, deflected own goal added to City's misery and it was soon looking impossible to turn around.
City maintained the fight though and just after the hour mark made a breakthrough. Good work on the right side saw Will Burrows stride into the box before being pushed to the ground by a Reds defender to give City a penalty. Burrows duly obliged to take the spot kick and converted it confidently to give City a feint hope.
A reinvigorated City side began to get a hold on the game, creating an array of chances in the opposing 3rd, just unable to find the end product.
Player-manager Hudson managed to knick a 2nd for City, converting a rebound after a saved Hass Gorji effort on goal.
As City pressed forward for a 3rd and 4th, Workington carved out a number of counter attacks and in the fianl moments of the game added their 5th and 6th to round off the game.
Goals: W. Burrows, S. Hudson.