Clitheroe knocked out of the Integro Doodson Cup
Although the scoreline ultimately went against Clitheroe, the performance was of the highest order.
By Chris Musson
The weather gods were smiling on the Blues for once and the 240 mile round trip was blessed with mercifully dry and frost free weather.
With the travelling squad reduced to thirteen and some of the players not landing until late in the day, the first half was totally dominated by Clitheroe. That said, Ben Woodhead made the first save of real note on 10 minutes when the home side sprung the offside trap after 10 minutes. One minute later, Bakkor was released by Barski and having put the ball on his favoured left foot he curled the shot wide. Two minutes later Brady got his head to a Bakkor cross, but it looped into the keeper’s arms.
On 17 minutes Gonzales struck the woodwork after holding up a deep free kick and turning his marker. On 27 minutes, Harries skimmed the opposing bar with a free kick. The home team struck back with a couple of handy breaks, but still the Blues controlled play.
On 36 minutes, Harries lashed a ball goalwards which the keeper could only parry and two minutes later Bakkor wriggled free down the right and forced a tremendous low save from the keeper. Almost instantly, the lively Willoughby found himself in the area and he was clearly clipped in the box, with the penalty awarded. Gonzales stepped up, but sent the ball tamely to the keeper’s right for a regulation save.
The second half was more even, but chances still came the Blues’ way.
On 55 minutes Barski neatly lobbed the ball over the defence for Harries to run on to, and his cross caused panic in the home defence. Two minutes later, Harries had another snap shot saved.
Workington shuffled their pack and started to show more. On 62 minutes, the offside trap was sprung and Woodhead saved bravely at the onrushing forward’s feet. The game was opening up nicely but the Blues’ defence was feeling the pressure more than at any other stage.
On 73 minutes, an artful curling shot arced past the Clitheroe far post, before two minutes later a jinking run down the left wing and a cut inside, finished off with a slightly scuffed shot, gave the home side the lead.
The Blues kept their shape but could not penetrate the home defence, but with one minute to go, a burst down the right saw the cross just evade the last Blues’ defender and fall to the feet of a striker, who slotted home.
The Workington crowd was full of praise for the Clitheroe performance and the scoreline flattered the home side.
Woodhead, Heywood, Barski, Lynch (Chris), Brady, Dent, Bakkor, Lynch (David), Gonzales, Willoughby, Harries.
Subs Cattermole, Steele.