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First Team - Match centre

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D Symington (65'), J Calvert (75')
Full time
Tue 11 Apr 19:45 - The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier - Premier Division Attendance 506

Battling Reds crack the mean Buxton defence.

This wasn’t a game for the football purist or, indeed, the faint-hearted but it was a compelling contest with both teams gaining top marks for effort, commitment and desire.

Two excellent defences ensured clear-cut goal scoring opportunities were at a premium but once Reds cracked the Buxton rearguard, they were on their way to a sixth win in seven outings.

And it was two players returning to the starting XI who scored the second half goals which lifted Reds back into play-off contention.

David Symington had to make do with the number twelve shirt at the weekend but he bounced back to bag his twelfth league goal in his first full season with the club. Josh Calvert, meanwhile, only started because of a reoccurrence of Rob Wilson’s ankle problem in the warm-up. His highly satisfying personal campaign had been temporary stalled because of a toe injury, but you wouldn’t have guessed with his battling qualities, supplemented by his eighth goal, invaluable.

They weren’t the only two heroes with nine others contributing to this hard fought win against a team boasting the second best defence in the league.

There was no hint of a goal in the first half with Scott Allison going close for Reds, only to be flagged offside, and Calvert sending a left foot shot over the bar. Jamie Green skied a free kick into the Allerdale car park and a Greg Young header narrowly missed the target after rare sorties forward from the visitors.

The breakthrough came after sixty five minutes with the ball quickly moved from right to left by Reds. Symington gathered in the inside left channel and sent a cracking left foot shot into the Town End net with Jan Budtz helpless.

Buxton responded with a decent effort from Brad Abbott, dealt with confidently by Aaran Taylor who then thwarted Bradley Grayson with a routine save.

Liam Hardy was introduced as a seventy-third minute substitute with a view to salvage something from the game but, a minute later, he was returning to the dressing room after being shown a red card for aiming a kick at Taylor. Not the impact the Buxton management had been hoping for!

Reds were quick to make the one man advantage count by grabbing their second goal ten minutes before time. Conor Tinnion rolled the ball into Calvert’s path and, from just inside the area, he slotted the ball past Budtz.

The returning Joe McGee was kept quiet by the excellent Gari Rowntree and admitted afterwards that Reds were the better side and deserved the points, sentiments echoed by joint-boss, David Hewson.

“It wasn’t pretty but we tried to get forward at every opportunity and were worthy winners in the end.”

Making reference to crazy fixture back-log, Hewson added, “We have a very fit squad and I’m confident we can keep the run going.”

Workington Taylor, Simpson, Rowntree, Wordsworth, Smith (Douglas, 87), Earl, Symington, Calvert, Allison, Waterston (Joel, 88), Tinnion. Substitutes – Ryan, Wright, Fowler (not used).

Buxton Budtz, Bembo-Leta J (Jackson, 78), Green, Ravenhill, Maguire, Young, McGee, Abbott, Grayson, Hinsley, Taylor (Hardy, 73). Substitutes – Doran, Burns, Williams (not used).

Referee Stephen Dial, Gateshead

Bookings: Calvert, Allison and Tinnion (Workington), Taylor (Buxton)

Red card: Hardy (Buxton)

Attendance 506

Train with the Best - Win a training session with the England 6-a-side squad

Jake Simpson

Player of the Match

Jake Simpson

Key moments

Goal David Symington scores for Workington
Goal Joshua Calvert scores for Workington

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90:00 Player of the Match
Jake Simpson is awarded player of the match for Workington
88:00 Sub Off
Nathan Waterston is substituted off for Workington
88:00 Sub On
Samuel Joel is substituted on for Workington
87:00 Sub On
Matthew Douglas is substituted on for Workington
87:00 Sub Off
Sam Smith is substituted off for Workington
75:00 Goal 2 - 0
Joshua Calvert scores for Workington
75:00 Assist
Conor Tinnion makes an assist for Workington
65:00 Goal 1 - 0
David Symington scores for Workington
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Workington
  • Buxton
  • 0
  • David Symington Goal 65:00'
  • Joshua Calvert Goal 75:00'
  • Conor Tinnion Assist 75:00'
  • Matthew Douglas Sub On 87:00'
  • Sam Smith Sub Off 87:00'
  • Samuel Joel Sub On 88:00'
  • Nathan Waterston Sub Off 88:00'

Team selection

Taylor, Aaran Taylor, Aaran
Simpson, Jake Simpson, Jake
Rowntree, Gari Rowntree, Gari
Allison, Scott Allison, Scott
Smith, Sam Smith, Sam
Wordsworth, Daniel Wordsworth, Daniel
Earl, James Earl, James
Calvert, Joshua Calvert, Joshua
Waterston, Nathan Waterston, Nathan
Tinnion, Conor Tinnion, Conor
Symington, David Symington, David

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Blyth Spartans 46 101
2. Spennymoor Town 46 87
3. Stourbridge 46 85
4. Workington 46 83
5. Nantwich Town 46 81
6. Whitby Town 46 79
7. Buxton 46 78

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