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D Symington (17')
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J Maguire (36'), A Wilson (73')
Sat 17 Mar 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Attendance 299

Bucks take the points

Reds continue to be consistently inconsistent, not only from week to week but, on this occasion, quite decent in one half to running on empty in the second.

And the diminishing, disillusioned support is far from happy with the situation. They have witnessed a dramatic slump in form since Christmas with the Bucks the latest team to leave Borough Park with the points.

Injuries and a lack of recruitment are two of the contributing factors and, whilst there is little they can do about the former, strenuous efforts to boost squad numbers have been to no avail.

Unless three or four players walk through the door before Thursday’s registration deadline, this threadbare squad has to complete the season in circumstances far from ideal.

Saturday was meant to see ‘more bodies’ available but, instead, Sam Joel’s name was added to the injury list and Scott Allison withdrew through illness. Going into the game without the two leading scorers was a significant blow and improvising with five defenders and five midfielders was not so much a gamble, more a necessity.

“We were flat from the start and having spoken beforehand about the importance of starting at a good tempo and on the front foot, we were the complete opposite,” was Lee Andrews’ honest opinion of the game.

But Workington’s better chances did come in that first half with very little created after Buxton got their noses in front.

Josh Calvert was the first to go close but, after connecting with a Dav Symington free kick, he saw his effort cleared off the line by Joe Maguire – defensive work which famous brother Harry would have approved of.

Buxton responded with a Liam Hardy free kick but the League’s leading scorer was thwarted by a smart Aaran Taylor save.

And then after seventeen minutes, makeshift Reds opened the scoring. Symington latched onto a long through ball, cut inside the last defender and drilled a low shot past Jan Budtz.

Danny Amos’ firmly struck shot was comfortably gathered by Taylor as Buxton responded positively but the Derbyshire outfit levelled matters in their next sortie forward.

Reds didn’t deal with a cross to the far post and skipper Maguire proved his worth at both ends of the pitch by heading over Taylor for the equaliser.

But Reds were a touch unfortunate not to go into the half time break ahead.

First a Conor Tinnion free kick was pushed away by Budtz and then a fine left foot volley from Rob Wilson whistled narrowly wide of the upright with the ‘keeper helpless.

The tricky Jude Oyibo almost netted a debut goal when getting the better of Matty Douglas on the flank, but shot into the side netting, and a spell of Buxton pressure culminated in Douglas and Sam Smith making a spectacular clearance off the line as the Bucks began to dominate.

They did take the lead after seventy three minutes when an attempted clearance deflected kindly for Anthony Wilson. He advanced towards goal and confidently placed the ball beyond Taylor for the winner.

Reds never seriously threatened in the second half with Buxton coming closest to scoring the fourth goal on a bitterly cold afternoon. Hardy’s fierce strike from an acute angle hit the post and rebounded to safety but the points were safely in the bag by then.

Workington Taylor, Douglas, Rowntree, Wordsworth, Smith, Calvert, Symington, Mellen (Wright, 75) Rigg, Wilson, Tinnion. Substitutes – Whitehead, McLuckie, Andrews (not used).

Buxton Budtz, Meade, McWilliams (Baker, 75), Broadhead (Grayson, 65), Maguire, De Girolamo, Oyibo, McGee, Chippendale, Hardy, Amos (Wilson, 46). Substitutes – Taylor, Hinsley (not used).

Referee Jonny Urwin, Durham

Bookings: Rowntree (Workington), Wilson, McGee (Buxton).

Attendance 299

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Key moments

Goal David Symington scores for Workington
Goal Joe Maguire scores for Buxton
Goal Ant Wilson scores for Buxton


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90:00 Player of the Match
Gari Rowntree is awarded player of the match for Workington
75:00 Sub On
Anthony Wright is substituted on for Workington
75:00 Sub Off
Jamie Mellen is substituted off for Workington
75:00 Sub On
Matt Baker is substituted on for Buxton
75:00 Sub Off
Andy McWilliams is substituted off for Buxton
73:00 Goal 1 - 2
Ant Wilson scores for Buxton
65:00 Sub Off
Jack Broadhead is substituted off for Buxton
65:00 Sub On
Bradley Grayson is substituted on for Buxton
62:00 Yellow Card
Joe McGee is yellow carded for Buxton
58:00 Yellow Card
Gari Rowntree is yellow carded for Workington
54:00 Yellow Card
Ant Wilson is yellow carded for Buxton
46:00 Sub On
Ant Wilson is substituted on for Buxton
46:00 Sub Off
Danny Amos is substituted off for Buxton
End of period 1
36:00 Goal 1 - 1
Joe Maguire scores for Buxton
17:00 Goal 1 - 0
David Symington scores for Workington
17:00 Assist
Jamie Mellen makes an assist for Workington
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Workington
  • Buxton
  • 0
  • David Symington Goal 17:00'
  • Jamie Mellen Assist 17:00'
  • Joe Maguire Goal 36:00'
  • Ant Wilson Sub On 46:00'
  • Danny Amos Sub Off 46:00'
  • Ant Wilson Yellow Card 54:00'
  • Gari Rowntree Yellow Card 58:00'
  • Joe McGee Yellow Card 62:00'
  • Bradley Grayson Sub On 65:00'
  • Jack Broadhead Sub Off 65:00'
  • Ant Wilson Goal 73:00'
  • Anthony Wright Sub On 75:00'
  • Jamie Mellen Sub Off 75:00'
  • Matt Baker Sub On 75:00'
  • Andy McWilliams Sub Off 75:00'

Team selection

  • 1. Jan Budtz
  • 2. Josh Meade
  • 3. Andy McWilliams
  • 4. Jack Broadhead
  • 5. Joe Maguire
  • 6. Nico De Girolamo
  • 7. Jude Oyibo
  • 8. Joe McGee
  • 9. Callum Chippendale
  • 10. Liam Hardy
  • 11. Danny Amos
  • 12. Bradley Grayson
  • 14. Ant Wilson
  • 15. Alastair Taylor
  • 16. Matt Baker
  • 17. Luke Hinsley

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
9. Barwell 46 64
10. Stourbridge 46 62
11. Workington 46 62
12. Mickleover Sports 46 61
13. Stafford Rangers 46 61
14. Matlock Town 46 60
15. Nantwich Town 46 57

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