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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

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Kyle May grabs valuable late equaliser for Workington Reds

Workington Reds 1 Boston 1: A man for all seasons, rugged defender Kyle May earned Workington a point with a 93rd-minute leveller at Borough Park.

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Reds players celebrate Kyle May's equaliser

May, whose ambition is to play 500 games for the club before he finally retires, epitomises the never-say-die spirit among this group of players with his late saver.

He was up for a corner deep in stoppage time and when Gari Rowntree received it short and clipped a lovely left-footed ball into the box where May’s positive close-range header did the rest.

Remarkably, Boston were that close to a sixth straight League win in west Cumbria and this was the first point Reds have managed at Borough Park against the Pilgrims.

But Workington certainly deserved something out of this contest after dominating the last half hour of the game.

They had the opportunities to win, while Boston took one of only two real chances that went their way.

It had been a rather lacklustre, scrappy first-half in which Reds had easily contained the Boston threat – but had been unable to take the two chances that they created.

First it was Mark Boyd driving forward to the edge of the area before slipping a nice pass into the path of the onrushing Jonny Wright but he fired wide of the target.

Then Wright returned the favour, slipping Boyd into space but, with the goal gaping, the midfielder could only hammer his shot straight at the waiting keeper Dan Haystead.

It was a major set-back, then, when Boston took the lead two minutes after the restart.

A free-kick eight yards outside the area from Ian Ross seemed to have been mis-hit. But somehow, at knee height, it found a way through the Workington wall and top scorer Marc Newsham was lurking round the back to fire past Mitchell from close range.

Two minutes later, Mitchell kept Reds in the contest when he spread himself well to block a shot from Newsham who had got through into the area unchallenged.

Somehow that seemed to galvanise Workington and, with the wind increasing, it was all Reds as they dominated possession and territory.

Gareth Arnison arrived after 67 minutes and with his first touch fired over from a very good position. May, staying forward at a corner, almost deceived Haystead with a flick which the keeper just held on to and there were a series of six-yard-box scrambles in which Boston defenders excelled themselves.

On a couple of occasions the ball flashed across the Boston goal with nobody there to apply the finishing touches.

Time was fast running out when May got his head to Rowntree’s cross to salvage a point.

May and his central defensive partner Lee Andrews were both in commanding form, while both Rowntree and Niall Cowperthwaite did good work down the flanks.

The solid display from the back four encouraged and helped young goalkeeper Mitchell who again came through his Blue Square North test with flying colours.

Workington Reds: Mitchell, Cowperthwaite, Rowntree, May, Andrews, Hewson, McLuckie (Hooper 68), Vaulks, J. Wright, Boyd (Arnison 67), Mwasile. Subs (not used) Wordsworth, A. Wright, Greenhalgh.

Referee: Lee Metcalfe (Preston)

Crowd: 390

Star man: Any one of the back four could have earned a nomination but for a confident and determined display throughout, and the match winner, it has to be old faithful KYLE MAY.

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