Photo: John Hirst
AN UNDER-STRENGTH Ossett United put in a commendable performance in a windswept away game against promotion challengers Workington but it wasn’t enough for any points.
Goals either side of half-time earned the Cumbrian side the win (2-0) as Ossett, who had a host of players out through injury and named only two substitutes, gave a decent account of themselves against one of the top sides in the league and in challenging conditions.
Goalkeeper Brett Souter, along with skipper James Knowles, couldn’t recover from injury in time for the game, meaning that there was a debut between the posts for Scott Moloney, who joined on loan from Huddersfield Town’s academy.
Ossett had a lot of defending to do in the early stages with the wind very much against them. Ross Hardaker cleared the ball off the line and Moloney saved the follow-up in the nerviest early moment.
Moloney made another stop and Workington’s David Symington struck the post with a strike from distance before the breakthrough came after 41 minutes. A quick break saw the ball crossed in for Scott Allison to poke in from close range.
Early in the second half, the hosts made things more comfortable with another goal on the counter, this time finished off by Symington.
With conditions a little more favourable for them going in the other direction, Ossett were able to start applying some pressure, with a free-kick from substitute Brodie Litchfield hitting the top of the crossbar. Litchfield and Tom Greaves forced saves late in the day but couldn’t find a goal.
Ossett were due to travel back to Workington again three days later, but Tuesday’s League Cup clash was postponed due to the weather conditions with a new date yet to be arranged.
Tomorrow (Saturday, kick-off 3pm) United have a league clash away at Ramsbottom United. Their ground was flooded last weekend but the water has cleared up considerably in recent days and the game could yet go ahead.
Meanwhile, winger Luke Porritt this week departed the club.