A BELEAGURED Harrogate Town suffered a frustrating loss to Workington FC to cap off a tough week at the club.
After the disapointment of a controversial weekend’s loss away at Worcester City, Harrogate Town travelled to Cumbria hoping to act out their frustrations on a Workington side who have struggled to find their confidence in recent weeks and are languishing at the bottom of the Blue Square North League Table.
But Simon Weaver’s men couldn’t muster the enthusiam they had shown at the weekend and found themselves under pressure from the opening whistle.
So it was against the run of play that Peter Bore scored first to give Town a 1-0 lead, latching onto a poor defensive clearance and slotting home neatly.
Town seemed spurred onwards by the goal and both Will Turl and Bore went close forcing saves from Workington’s ‘keeper.
The Cumbrian side’s only response came from two set pieces but both were dealt with comfortably by the men from Wetherby Road who held their lead into the break.
“You could see the lack of confidence in Workington and we were starting to come into the game a little bit more,” Assistant coach John McDermott told the Advertiser, “The first 45 minutes were a bit scruffy, but I couldn’t see them scoring a goal.”
However, moments into the second half, Harrogate ‘keep Zac Jones scuffed a clearance across the face of the box and it feel to Workington’s Jonny Wright, who picked it up and gratefully tucked away an equaliser to put the sides level.
After the goal, Town seemed to lose their mojo slightly and with Workington pressing relentlessly it was left to some solid goalkeeping by Jones and some poor finishing to keep the scores level.
“I thought we huffed and puffed a bit after the goal honestly,” said McDermott.
In an attemtpt to reinvigorate the side, manager Simon Weaver made several substitutions, but it was Workington who claimed the spoils with Wright again collecting the ball and slamming a tremendous shot into the top corner giving Jones no chance.
Harrogate tried hard to respond, but the only attacks they could muster in the closing moments were inneffective and the Workington took an important scalp finishing the game 2-1.
“We’ve got a serious amount of potential in this club,” said Weaver. “It’s just kind of frustrating right now to lose when we know we are playing well.”