By Brian Bennett / Photographs: Ian Brodie
A hat trick by striker Lew Reilly gave Workington victory over Ashington at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday.
The Colliers – who went into the game on the back of an impressive performance and 0-0 draw against Morpeth Town the previous week – did have some enjoyable moments in the first period but manager Ian Skinner admitted afterwards that his side had conceded three ‘avoidable’ goals.
The home side started brightly and in the seventh minute a great patient build up ended with ‘keeper Jim Atkinson clinging hold of a shot from Craig Spooner.
Shortly afterwards, a searching ball out of defence by Nathan Buddle found Dan Maguire who laid off to Spooner but after cutting inside, the midfielder’s shot trickled past the post.
Workington responded with a quick break and when Kofie Moore broke clear down the right, his cross shot fizzed wide.
At the other end, Cameron Gascoigne had a chance but Finn Wallbank got back to stave off the danger.
On the quarter hour, Ashington were caught out again and when Moore made a beeline for goal, only a terrific tackle by Buddle thwarted him.
Another opportunity came Gascoigne’s way midway through the half but after moving inside, he curled his effort over the bar.
On the half hour, Moore escaped the back line and was clear on goal but his effort was superbly blocked by ‘keeper Ross Coombe with his legs.
The Reds broke the deadlock in the 35th minute when a low snap shot from 25 yards by Reilly crept inside Coombe’s right hand post.
Then two minutes before the interval, the visitors doubled their lead when Reilly pounced on an error and fired the ball into the far corner across Coombe.
Seconds before half time following a short corner on the right, a chipped effort from Karl Ross was cleared off the line by Aidan Roxburgh.
The only highlight in the second period came in the 57th minute when Reilly completed his hat-trick with a cool finish after capitalising on another mistake in the home rearguard.