At the final whistle, the home crowd drifted away content with the thought that this was very much a point gained rather than two lost against a team who gave by far the most classy, compact and complete performances that the Rams have come up against so far this season.

The Rams were not at their best.  Like Les Dawson at the piano playing all the right notes but in the wrong order, they struggled from first to last to bring any harmony or cohesion to their game but it is to their immense credit that, where has in times past, once behind they might have capitulated to a team of this quality, they battled to grab the point in the dying minutes.

Both teams set up in similar ways and quick into the tackle all around the pitch so it is not surprising that the flow of the game was sporadic and chances few and far between at either end.  The nearest either team came to scoring in a largely uneventful first half was when a snap shot onto the bar caught Grant Shenton unawares and he was fortunate to see the rebound put wide.

Apart from that, with both sets of full backs dominant, neither team was able to get behind the defence or runners beyond the first men and while the Rams had to majority of the possession, little came of it.

That pattern continued in to the second half and what few illusions remained that, ultimately, this might be another comfortable evening in the Riverside armchair were blown away on the hour when substitute Scott Allison, who was only on the field for five minutes, ghosted in on a header back and pushed the ball past a stranded Shenton into the corner of the net.

The managerial response from the Rams was immediate with Lee Gaskell and Jon Robinson introduced to see if they could muster a repeat of the Whitby heroics.

Workington, however, stiffened their resolve, pushed up into an even higher defensive line and marshaled and led superbly by player-manager Gavin Skelton, prevented the Rams from building any sustained momentum.  Jordan Hulme, cutting in from the left, saw his strong shot beaten away by Jonny Jameson but the Workington keeper was otherwise rarely troubled and looking assured apart from some hairy moments caused by his own poor clearances.

Sheer willpower from the Rams eventually forced the visitors onto the back foot.  With seven minutes remaining, Jordan Hulme meet a Lee Gaskell header from a Tom Williams corner at the far post and slid the ball in from close range but at the most acute of angles for the equaliser.

There were thoughts of an improbable win but, with the visitors looking just as likely to score again on the break, the final whistle brought a sense of relief.

Come the end of the season and with the Rams now up to third, this result, if not the performance may well be seen of not inconsiderable importance.

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