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Lancaster City defeated at Workington in Northern Premier League

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Lancaster City suffered their second successive defeat away to Workington, despite a late goal from Simon Grand.

Lancaster City looked to bounce back from the weekends defeat to Ilkeston Town. Lancaster City started the game with an audacious attempt from Charlie Bailey. Bailey looked to replicate the actions performed by Simon Grand and produce an overhead kick, but his effort was put out for a corner.

The home side took the lead with the clock showing 11 minutes. After a cross from the right was played into a dangerous position, Steven Rigg pounced on the opportunity and bundled the ball home from close range or give his side the early lead. Andre Mendes was later called into action to deny the shot from Connor Tinnion, goal scorer Rigg dis well to beat his man and tee up the captain but Mendes did even better to get down low and keep the score at one nil.

Just before the break Lancaster City had a wonderful opportunity to level the scores. Charlie Bailey played in a wonderful cross from the right which was met by the former Workington man Matty Clarke. Clarke’s header looked goal bound but a finger tip save from Jim Atkinson put the ball onto the cross bar.

At the half time break, the home side had the lead courtesy of Steven Rigg’s strike.

The home side began the second half strongly and forced an early stop out of Andre Mendes. The reds broke through the centre and David Symington was released on the left. The attacker faked cutting inside and his powerful left footed effort was tipped over the bar by Mendes.

On the hour mark, Workington doubled their advantage through David Symington. A cross was played in from the left and the City defence failed to clear and the ball fell to Symington who smashed his effort home from 12 yards out.

Lancaster City did pull a goal back late on through Simon Grand. A Sam Bailey corner was flicked on at the front post and there was Simon Grand on hand to slide and side foot a volleyed shot past Atkinson to half the deficit and give the Dolly Blues a fighting chance.

The full time whistle eventually blew to put an end to proceedings in Cumbria. Lancaster City aim to get back to winning ways on Saturday as they host league compatriots Ashton United in the Emirates FA Cup third qualifying round.

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