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Chris Lynch, Salford CityThe penultimate instalment of our A to Z series is W for…

Workington

One of the only teams we have a 100% record against are the Reds of Workington!

Albeit it’s a 100% record over three games, and all in 2015-16, but they haven’t been boring either to say the least.

Salford City, WorkingtonWe first came up against the Cumbrian side in the Northern Premier League away at Borough Park in November 2015, on a high from the FA Cup win against Notts County the week before. On a soaking wet afternoon, goals from Jordan Hulme and Danny Webber put us 2-0 up before McGee pulled one back. A rare Scott Burton goal restored our two goal cushion before the break, and Richie Allen made it 4-1 in the second half.

The reverse league fixture wasn’t lacking goals either and similarly we raced into a 2-0 lead by the 15th minute, this time courtesy of captain Chris Lynch who had three goals in six going into the game. However Workington found their way back into the game and made it 2-2 before the break. Lynch completed his hat-trick in the second half before Richie Allen and Danny Webber put us 5-2 up, then Workington pulled a consolation back in added time to make it 5-3.

So 9-4 in Salford’s favour over the two league games, and our last meeting would come in the NPL Play-Off Final at Moor Lane.

Derek Townley’s side appeared to have learned their lesson as Kyle May gave them an early lead, although Stephen O’Halloran neutralised that within 10 minutes. Gareth Arnison then restored Workington’s lead in the 19th minute which they held all the way until the 79th minute when Billy Priestley equalised for Salford for a second time. Jordan Hulme then bagged a winner in the 86th minute to secure our promotion to the National League North.

A nervy game, but we upheld our record against The Reds. They were top of the NPL North West Division when the season was ended, 10 points ahead of Ramsbottom United who had three games in hand.

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