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Sat 23 Apr 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier - Premier Division Attendance 583

Reds blast their way into the play-offs

Was it the fact that Reds were clearly up for the challenge or more a case of Buxton already enjoying their close-season break?

Perhaps a bit of both, but not many teams in Evo-Stik Premier would have survived this stunning opening half hour salvo by the homeside, let alone mid-table Buxton.

It provided contrasting emotions for the respective managers, Derek Townsley and Martin McIntosh, who became friends during their time as team mates at Hibernian. Townsley got exactly what he wanted from his side but McIntosh was probably pleased when the team coach pulled away from Borough Park after an afternoon best forgotten.

Reds best win of the season, coupled with Stourbridge’s loss against Salford City, secured the final play-off berth, a situation that looked unlikely a fortnight earlier. They suffered back-to-back defeats against Frickley and Nantwich and appeared to have blown their chances. But three wins in eight days got them back on track and extends their season for one more game, at least.

Not sure who wrote the script for this one, but it could have been Kyle May himself. Afforded a guard of honour by both teams as he took to the field, Reds’ record appearance holder powered home a fine header with just four minutes on the clock.

That settled any pre-match nerves, if indeed, there were any. Less than twenty minutes later, the host were four goals to the good and one half of the equation sorted. At that point, Stourbridge were being held (1-1) by Salford City and that score line wouldn’t have been good enough for the West Midlands club. They eventually lost by the odd goal in three so Reds joined Blyth Spartans, Salford City and Ashton United in the end of season lottery.

Buxton hardly had time to recover from May’s opening goal before goalkeeper, Myles Wright, was retrieving the ball from his net a second time. Gareth Arnison swept home his first goal for three months with a fine finish to make it 2-0 with Buxton already sensing a long, painful afternoon.

Conor Tinnion, like Arnison, has endured a goal drought too but the pair combined to fashion Reds’ third after eleven minutes. Arnison’s perfectly weighted assist released Tinnion who elected to shoot first time, with the ball finding a route into the far corner of the net leaving Wright helpless.

Three quality goals, but the best was still to come. Rob Wilson hadn’t found the target in Workington colours but opened his account with a stunning half volley, from fully twenty five yards, and it was game, set and match after only twenty three minutes.

There was an ironic ripple of applause when Ally Mitchell comfortably gathered a Joel Bembo-Leta header, as the visitors put together their first notable attack after half an hour’s play.

Buxton restored some pride in the second half but the likes of George Grayson, Alastair Taylor and Ash Worsfold toiled in vain.

They rarely looked like scoring, though, and a Spencer Harris header, which cleared the bar, was the nearest they came to grabbing a consolation goal.

Reds’ top scorer, Scott Allison, hardly had a chance to add to his impressive tally but a foul on him by Bembo-Leta lead to the fifth goal of the afternoon. Tinnion’s low shot from the subsequent free kick found the net and Reds, once again, were celebrating success against Derbyshire opposition.

Workington: Mitchell, Simpson, Smith, May, Calvert (Hammell, 76), Wright (Tymon, 72), McGee, Wilson, Allison, Arnison (Hebson, 60), Tinnion. Substitutes – Studholme, Jamieson (not used).

Buxton: Wright, Wiles, Harris, Ravenhill, Bembo-Leta J, Young, Walker, Taylor, Barraclough, Worsfold, Doran (Grayson, 29). Substitutes – Salt, Ryan (not used).

Referee: Chris Isherwood, Leyland

Booking: Harris (Buxton)

Attendance: 583

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Key moments

Goal Kyle May scores for Workington
Goal Gareth Arnison scores for Workington
Goal Conor Tinnion scores for Workington
Goal Robert Wilson scores for Workington
Goal Conor Tinnion scores for Workington


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90:00 Player of the Match
Conor Tinnion is awarded player of the match for Workington
83:00 Yellow Card
Spencer Harris is yellow carded for Buxton
76:00 Sub Off
Joshua Calvert is substituted off for Workington
76:00 Sub On
Connor Hammell is substituted on for Workington
72:00 Sub Off
Anthony Wright is substituted off for Workington
72:00 Sub On
Matty Tymon is substituted on for Workington
71:00 Goal 5 - 0
Conor Tinnion scores for Workington
60:00 Sub Off
Gareth Arnison is substituted off for Workington
60:00 Sub On
Robbie Hebson is substituted on for Workington
End of period 1
29:00 Sub Off
Niall Doran is substituted off for Buxton
29:00 Sub On
George Grayson is substituted on for Buxton
22:00 Goal 4 - 0
Robert Wilson scores for Workington
11:00 Assist
Gareth Arnison makes an assist for Workington
11:00 Goal 3 - 0
Conor Tinnion scores for Workington
5:00 Assist
Conor Tinnion makes an assist for Workington
5:00 Goal 2 - 0
Gareth Arnison scores for Workington
4:00 Goal 1 - 0
Kyle May scores for Workington
4:00 Assist
Jake Simpson makes an assist for Workington
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Workington
  • Buxton
  • 0
  • Jake Simpson Assist 4:00'
  • Kyle May Goal 4:00'
  • Gareth Arnison Goal 5:00'
  • Conor Tinnion Assist 5:00'
  • Gareth Arnison Assist 11:00'
  • Conor Tinnion Goal 11:00'
  • Robert Wilson Goal 22:00'
  • Niall Doran Sub Off 29:00'
  • George Grayson Sub On 29:00'
  • Gareth Arnison Sub Off 60:00'
  • Robbie Hebson Sub On 60:00'
  • Conor Tinnion Goal 71:00'
  • Anthony Wright Sub Off 72:00'
  • Matty Tymon Sub On 72:00'
  • Joshua Calvert Sub Off 76:00'
  • Connor Hammell Sub On 76:00'
  • Spencer Harris Yellow Card 83:00'

Team selection

Mitchell, Alex Mitchell, Alex
Simpson, Jake Simpson, Jake
Smith, Sam Smith, Sam
Allison, Scott Allison, Scott
May, Kyle May, Kyle
Calvert, Joshua Calvert, Joshua
Wright, Anthony Wright, Anthony
Wilson, Robert Wilson, Robert
Arnison, Gareth Arnison, Gareth
Tinnion, Conor Tinnion, Conor
McGee, Joe McGee, Joe
  • 1. Myles Wright
  • 2. Alex Wiles
  • 3. Spencer Harris
  • 4. Ricky Ravenhill
  • 5. Joel Bembo-Leta
  • 6. Greg Young
  • 7. Nicky Walker
  • 8. Alistair Taylor
  • 9. Bradley Barraclough
  • 10. Ash Worsfold
  • 11. Niall Doran
  • 12. Chris Salt
  • 14. George Grayson
  • 15. Tim Ryan

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Darlington 1883 46 104
2. Blyth Spartans 46 99
3. Salford City 46 90
4. Ashton United 46 87
5. Workington 46 86
6. Stourbridge 46 84
7. Frickley Athletic 46 77

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