An eventful first 10 minutes betrayed a frustrating game all round as Workington's tactics of packing midfield to nullify County proved effective and Alan Lord's men were restricted to a handful of chances. The games opening stages where both teams scored provided the main talking points of an otherwise disappointing 1-1 draw.
A defensive mix-up by County helped Workington take the lead in the 2nd minute with Joe Jackson pouncing on a loose ball at close range. However minutes later Howard's goalbound strike struck a Workington hand and allowed County a route back into the match as Jevons equalised with a typically calm penalty.
Moments later Liam Dickinson was close to giving the Hatters the lead after a deep Scott Duxbury cross was headed inches wide.
The second half was somewhat of a stalemate as both teams plugged away looking to grab a winner although chances were a rare commodity. It was County who had the best of them with Kristian Dennis nearly making it 2-1 following a route one kick from Ian Ormson which was flicked by Liam Dickinson into the Workington penalty area. Unfortunately, Dennis was unable to beat keeper Luke Simpson who produced a good save to keep the scores level. County can consider themselves unlucky not to have been awarded a penalty kick in the dying moments as Phil Jevons was manhandled in the box as he looked to go clean through on goal but much to the surprise of the home fans the referee waved away appeals for a second penalty. It was a frustrating end to a frustrating day for County but nevertheless a return of 7 points from 9 over Christmas week represents a strong return.
Stockport County: Ian Ormson, Kyle Jacobs, Scott Duxbury, Nicky Platt, Jordan Fagbola, Adam Cowen, Rhys Turner (Adriano Moke), Robert Lofthouse (Kristian Dennis), Liam Dickinson, Phil Jevons (Capt), Iain Howard (Chris Churchman).
Unused Substitutes: Ryan Jones, Kieron Charnock.
Workington: Luke Simpson, Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Wright, Kyle May, Daniel Wordsworth, David Lynch, Benjamin Mckenna, Kieran Critchley, Joe Jackson, Scott Allison (Stephen Hindmarch), Gavin Skelton.