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Bamber Bridge
A Waddecar (33'), M Lawlor (37', 49')
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J Walker (58', 94')
Tue 21 Aug 19:45 - The Evo-Stik League - Premier Division Attendance 291

Sloppy first half costs Reds dear

If the match had kicked-off at 9pm, Reds would have left the Sir Tom Finney Stadium quite content with their night’s work.

But the damage had already been done by then and, after a poor first half and a sloppy start to the second, they found themselves three goals in arrears.

Yes, they did show some character in the last third of the game but a more respectable score line is of little consolation in view of what had gone before.

David Hewson made one change to the starting XI with Dan Wordsworth fast-tracked back into the side to replace the on-loan Jordan Holt. Sam Joel lined up against one of his former clubs while Brig included Michael Potts, who played a trial game for Reds five year ago.

On a pristine playing surface, Reds actually made a positive start and carved out two early chances.

A Matty Douglas assist found Brad Hubbold near the penalty spot but his low shot was pushed away by Bamber ‘keeper, Lloyd Rigby. Jason Walker’s clever lay-off then set-up an opportunity for Conor Tinnion whose fine shot just cleared the cross bar.

But gradually the home side took control and two goals in five minutes, aided by some poor defending, put them in the driving seat.

The breakthrough came after thirty three minutes. Macauley Wilson was allowed plenty of time to launch one of his trademark crosses into the danger area and, with red-shirted defenders conspicuous by their absence, Alistair Waddecar guided a free header beyond Aaran Taylor for the opener.

Taylor was unlucky when the second goal was hammered past him in the thirty seventh minute. He made a fine save pushing away a fierce cross-cum-shot from the right but the ball fell conveniently to Brig ‘skipper, Matt Lawlor, who volleyed home spectacularly.

Walker lobbed narrowly wide with a speculative attempt from thirty five yards and a Douglas header via a Hubbold corner was comfortably saved as Reds tried to find a way back.

That hope disappeared four minutes after the restart when Lawlor thumped home his second, this time with his left foot, with the defender again afforded all the space he needed.

Walker pulled a goal back on the hour mark with a clever dink over the advancing ‘keeper after Hubbold’s clever pass sliced open the home defence.

And Tinnion’s sublime assist created the opening for Walker’s second just before the final whistle to conclude an entertaining contest.

In between Walker’s quality strikes, Joel, Niall Cowperthwaite and Sheldon Mossop, twice, all had chances to open their goals account for the season whilst Brad Carsley could have added further misery to Reds out-of-sorts defence. A point-blank header was caught by Taylor and then the centre forward was through on goal only to be thwarted by a magnificent last-ditch tackle from Wordsworth.

A disappointed David Hewson gave an honest assessment on the shortcomings, “We have come away and haven’t played to our potential, haven’t been where I want us to be and where I expect us to be. We were too far off it, especially in the first half and they dominated large parts of the game.

“All credit goes to them as they were brighter and sharper in the first half and we were off the pace in every department.”

Bamber Bridge Rigby, Wilson, Dodd, Lawlor, Charnock, Potts (Churchman, 85), Waddecar, Forbes, Carsley, Dudley (Morgan, 83), White (Marlow, 70). Substitutes – Dawson, Darr (not used).

Workington Taylor, Douglas, Rowntree, Wordsworth, Smith, Mellen, Hubbold (Mossop, 82), Cowperthwaite, Walker, Joel, Tinnion. Substitutes – Tidy, Miller, Pattinson, Casson (not used).

Referee Dan Locker

Bookings: Waddecar, Wilson (Bamber Bridge), Smith, Tinnion (Workington).

Attendance 291

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Key moments

Goal Alistair Waddecar scores for Bamber Bridge
Goal Matt Lawlor scores for Bamber Bridge
Goal Matt Lawlor scores for Bamber Bridge
Goal Jason Walker scores for Workington
90:00 +4:00
Goal Jason Walker scores for Workington


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90:00 +5:00 Player of the Match
Jason Walker is awarded player of the match for Workington
90:00 +4:00 Goal 3 - 2
Jason Walker scores for Workington
85:00 Sub On
Chris Churchman is substituted on for Bamber Bridge
85:00 Sub Off
Michael Potts is substituted off for Bamber Bridge
84:00 Sub Off
Matthew Dudley is substituted off for Bamber Bridge
84:00 Sub On
Matty Morgan is substituted on for Bamber Bridge
83:00 Sub Off
Brad Hubbold is substituted off for Workington
83:00 Sub On
Sheldon Mossop is substituted on for Workington
70:00 Sub On
Chris Marlow is substituted on for Bamber Bridge
70:00 Sub Off
Ryan White is substituted off for Bamber Bridge
58:00 Goal 3 - 1
Jason Walker scores for Workington
49:00 Goal 3 - 0
Matt Lawlor scores for Bamber Bridge
End of period 1
37:00 Goal 2 - 0
Matt Lawlor scores for Bamber Bridge
33:00 Goal 1 - 0
Alistair Waddecar scores for Bamber Bridge
20:00 Yellow Card
Conor Tinnion is yellow carded for Workington
19:00 Yellow Card
Alistair Waddecar is yellow carded for Bamber Bridge
19:00 Yellow Card
Macauley Wilson is yellow carded for Bamber Bridge
15:00 Yellow Card
Sam Smith is yellow carded for Workington
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Bamber Bridge
  • Workington
  • 0
  • Sam Smith Yellow Card 15:00'
  • Macauley Wilson Yellow Card 19:00'
  • Alistair Waddecar Yellow Card 19:00'
  • Conor Tinnion Yellow Card 20:00'
  • Alistair Waddecar Goal 33:00'
  • Matt Lawlor Goal 37:00'
  • Matt Lawlor Goal 49:00'
  • Jason Walker Goal 58:00'
  • Chris Marlow Sub On 70:00'
  • Ryan White Sub Off 70:00'
  • Sheldon Mossop Sub On 83:00'
  • Brad Hubbold Sub Off 83:00'
  • Matthew Dudley Sub Off 84:00'
  • Matty Morgan Sub On 84:00'
  • Chris Churchman Sub On 85:00'
  • Michael Potts Sub Off 85:00'
  • Jason Walker Goal 90:00 +4:00'

Team selection

Bamber Bridge
  • 1. Lloyd Rigby
  • 2. Macauley Wilson
  • 3. Adam Dodd
  • 4. Matt Lawlor
  • 5. Kieran Charnock
  • 6. Michael Potts
  • 7. Alistair Waddecar
  • 8. Danny Forbes
  • 9. Brad Carsley
  • 10. Matthew Dudley
  • 11. Ryan White
  • 12. Paul Dawson
  • 14. Matty Morgan
  • 15. Chris Marlow
  • 16. Jordan Darr
  • 17. Chris Churchman

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# Team Pl Pts
16. Mickleover Sports 27 29
17. Marine 26 28
18. Hednesford Town 27 28
19. Lancaster City 26 27
20. Stafford Rangers 25 25
21. Workington 23 17
22. North Ferriby United 26 10

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