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Workington
Blyth Spartans
C Tinnion (40')
Full time
M Richardson (2')
Mon 6 Apr 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier - Premier Division Attendance 871

Tinnion salvages a point for the Reds

A fair result in the end, with both teams doing enough to avoid defeat but not sufficient to win.

The draw probably suits Reds better than Blyth, in terms of play-off qualification, yet both did their utmost to convert one point into three. And, after completing their fourth game in ten days, Gavin Skelton was delighted with the four point haul over the Easter week-end.

“It was a good point from a closely fought contest between two good sides. They had spells and so did we, but our work ethic carried us through,” he said afterwards.

In a bid to ‘freshen up’ his starting eleven, the manager recalled the three T’s with Conor Tinnion, Matty Tymon and Adam Telfer all making positive contributions to the cause. Tymon and Telfer have had little game time of late but both displayed an appetite suggesting they were pleased to be back.

Tinnion, meanwhile, salvaged a point for Reds with his ninth goal of the season five minutes before the interval.

It levelled the scores after Reds had gifted Spartans a second minute opener. Kyle May completely missed what should have been a routine clearance enabling Dan Maguire to break clear. He pulled the ball back into Michael Richardson’s path who guided the ball beyond Jonny Jamieson’s despairing dive to give Blyth an early advantage.

But the bumper Bank Holiday crowd, Borough Park’s best for six years, rallied to encourage a fight-back.

Tymon scuffed one effort wide via Jake Simpson’s free-kick, a Skelton effort lacked the power to trouble Nick Thomson, Tinnion almost scored but saw his shot blocked, Skelton’s speculative lob was palmed over by Thomson and Josh Calvert’s effort appeared to be on target until deflected to safety by colleague, Tymon.

Then, in the fortieth minute, Reds deservedly equalised. Skelton and Tymon linked well to set up Tinnion who glided past one defender before shooting low beyond the unsighted Thomson from the edge of the area.

Alex Newby went close to scoring either side of the interval before Blyth enjoyed their best spell of the game. They had Reds pinned back in their own half for long periods but couldn’t capitalise on a flurry of corners.

Neal Hooks was prominent for the visitors in the second half coming closest to scoring a match winning goal. His well struck shot was on target but kept out by Jamieson’s diving save at the expense of a corner.

At the other end, Tymon’s well directed header, via a Simpson free-kick, was confidently held by Thomson who then thwarted Kyle May by saving from point-blank range.

There were loud appeals for a penalty from red shirted attackers when Danny Parker’s clearance appeared to be handled by Hooks, but the referee saw nothing untoward and waved play on. Tinnion then went to ground soon after but home appeals for a spot-kick were more in hope than anger.

Both could still obtain a play-off berth, although Spartans may have to rely on others dropping points.

Workington: Jamieson, Simpson, Smith S, May, Calvert (O’Donnell, 83), Skelton, Tinnion, McLuckie, Tymon, Newby (Wright, 73), Telfer (Salmon, 65). Substitutes – Hindmarch, Arnison (not used).

Blyth Spartans: Thomson, Nicholson, Mullen, Bramley, Parker, Turnbull, Wearmouth (Rivers, 65), Hooks, Maguire, Richardson (Hawkins, 85), Dale (Davis, 84). Substitutes – Lynch, Watson (not used).

Referee: Mr J Matthews, Stockton

Bookings: Turnbull, Mullen (Spartans)

Attendance: 871

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Key moments

2:00
Goal Michael Richardson scores for Blyth Spartans
40:00
Goal Conor Tinnion scores for Workington

Highlights

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87:00 Sub On
Daniel Hawkins is substituted on for Blyth Spartans
87:00 Sub Off
Michael Richardson is substituted off for Blyth Spartans
85:00 Missed Shot
Stephen Turnbull misses a shot for Blyth Spartans
84:00 Saved Shot
Robert Dale has a shot saved for Blyth Spartans
84:00 Sub On
Ashley Davis is substituted on for Blyth Spartans
72:00 Saved Shot
Stephen Turnbull has a shot saved for Blyth Spartans
70:00 Saved Shot
Daniel Maguire has a shot saved for Blyth Spartans
65:00 Sub Off
Arran Wearmouth is substituted off for Blyth Spartans
65:00 Sub On
Jarrett Rivers is substituted on for Blyth Spartans
64:00 Saved Shot
Neal Hooks has a shot saved for Blyth Spartans
End of period 1
42:00 Yellow Card
Damen Mullen is yellow carded for Blyth Spartans
29:00 Missed Shot
Daniel Maguire misses a shot for Blyth Spartans
19:00 Yellow Card
Stephen Turnbull is yellow carded for Blyth Spartans
6:00 Missed Shot
Arran Wearmouth misses a shot for Blyth Spartans
2:00 Assist
Daniel Maguire makes an assist for Blyth Spartans
2:00 Goal 0 - 1
Michael Richardson scores for Blyth Spartans
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As it happened

  • Workington
  • Blyth Spartans
  • 0
  • Michael Richardson Goal 2:00'
  • Daniel Maguire Assist 2:00'
  • Stephen Turnbull Yellow Card 19:00'
  • Conor Tinnion Goal 40:00'
  • Matty Tymon Assist 40:00'
  • Damen Mullen Yellow Card 42:00'
  • Alex Salmon Sub On 65:00'
  • Adam Telfer Sub Off 65:00'
  • Jarrett Rivers Sub On 65:00'
  • Arran Wearmouth Sub Off 65:00'
  • Anthony Wright Sub On 73:00'
  • Alex Newby Sub Off 73:00'
  • Daniel O'Donnell Sub On 83:00'
  • Joshua Calvert Sub Off 83:00'
  • Ashley Davis Sub On 84:00'
  • Daniel Hawkins Sub On 87:00'
  • Michael Richardson Sub Off 87:00'

Team selection

Blyth Spartans
  • 1. Nicholas Thomson
  • 2. Alex Nicholson
  • 3. Damen Mullen
  • 4. Samuel Bramley
  • 5. Danny Parker
  • 6. Stephen Turnbull
  • 7. Arran Wearmouth
  • 8. Neal Hooks
  • 9. Daniel Maguire
  • 10. Michael Richardson
  • 11. Robert Dale
  • 17. Jordan Watson
  • 16. Jarrett Rivers
  • 15. Craig Lynch
  • 14. Ashley Davis
  • 12. Daniel Hawkins

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# Team Pl Pts
1. FC United of Manchester 46 92
2. Workington 46 90
3. Ashton United 46 84
4. Curzon Ashton 46 83
5. Ilkeston FC 46 81
6. Blyth Spartans 46 79
7. Skelmersdale United 46 73

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