The Non-League Football Paper - - EVO-STIK NPL PREMIER - By Luke Paw­ley

BAR­WELL ex­tended their un­beaten run to nine games with this slen­der vic­tory at home to Workington.

The Ca­naries started the game on the front foot, dom­i­nat­ing pos­ses­sion and pin­ning the vis­i­tors into their own half for long pe­ri­ods.

Nigel Julien and Craig Reid both had shots blocked while Sam Joel’s near-post ef­fort, saved by Liam Cas­tle, was Workington’s best re­ply.

Vis­it­ing goal­keeper Aaron Tay­lor came to punch away a cross on 37 min­utes only for the ball to land at the feet of Brady Hickey, who lobbed it into the net from the edge of the area, putting his side ahead at the break.

The vis­i­tors started the sec­ond half with a bit of mo­men­tum, with Joel and Nathan Water­ston look­ing to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties in ad­vanced ar­eas.

How­ever, Bar­well soon found them­selves back on top and dom­i­nat­ing as they had done so strongly in the first half.

Af­ter some sus­tained pres­sure, Workington’s best chance to claim an equaliser came when they worked the ball into the box and drilled a cross along the six-yard box only for Cas­tle to claim.

Sub­sti­tute Ryan Bald­win en­sured Bar­well kept pres­sure on the Workington de­fence as the Ca­naries worked hard with some ag­gres­sive press­ing to see out an­other vic­tory.

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