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City of Liverpool fell to defeat at the hands of Workington in challenging conditions, on what turned out to be a miserable afternoon in Cumbria.
After a cagey opening 10 minutes Reuben Jerome opened the scoring for the Reds from close range, after a dangerous cross from the left by full back Liam Brockbank.
Workington would spent much of the afternoon having great success with their marauding wing backs creating plenty of overloads on either side.
However, the Purps were briefly on level terms courtesy of midfielder Nathan Burke, who equalised from the spot for the visitors minutes later after Tony Gray had been fouled.
Gray was cleaned out in between two defenders as he chased the loose ball after Reds goalkeeper Jim Atkinson made a good save from Jamie McDonald.
The referee didn’t hesitate in pointing to the spot and Burke despatched his penalty with aplomb, giving Atkinson no chance.
Parity was short lived however, as Brockbank turned from provider to goalscorer shortly afterwards, despatching a left footed effort low beyond the onrushing Andy Marshall as the hosts went in ahead at the break.
Half Time: Workington 2-1 City of Liverpool
After the interval it was much of the same from the hosts who looked dangerous in attack and threatening out wide.
Reuben Jerome gave the Purps problems last season when representing Ramsbottom United, and the athletic forward continued to be the scourge of Craig Robinson’s side here.
Soon after the interval, Jerome extended Workington’s lead from close range with the fine delivery from the left coming courtesy of the impressive Brockbank once again.
Workington substitute Carl Lightfoot came off the bench to score the goal of the day, delicately lobbing Andy Marshall to make it 4-1.
Louis Potts completed the hosts scoring, hammering home to make it 5 with an angled finish after the Purps goalkeeper made a great stop.
John McGrath came off the bench to add a fine consolation for the Purps late on with a wonderful solo run. The winger left a couple of defenders in his wake before firing a precise finish beyond Atkinson, but in truth the visitors were well beaten on the day.
Full Time: Workington 5-2 City of Liverpool
City of Liverpool: Marshall, Rigby, Kearney, McCarten (c), Corrigan, Barrow, Burke (Kinsella), Hazlehurst, McDonald (McGrath), Gray, Reid (Nevitt).
Man of the Match: Jordan Barrow.
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