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Warrington Town
T Gray (23'), J Mackreth (27')
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Tue 4 Sep 19:45 - The Evo-Stik League - Premier Division Attendance 239

Poor first half costs Reds dear


Workington’s hit and miss start to the season continued at the Winner Recruitment Stadium, with an unacceptably poor first half showing contributing to a third successive defeat on the road.

It left a downbeat David Hewson making a public apology to the supporters after a first defeat in six outings against Town.

“First and foremost, I would like to thank the fans who have travelled and apologise for the performance they have witnessed because it simply wasn’t good enough,” lamented the joint boss.

“It was disappointing in so many aspects of the game. We didn’t approach it in the right way and when you have ten players who are not ‘at it’ in the first 30-45 minutes then you’ve got an uphill battle.

“They (Warrington) had more hunger, desire and passion to win that game which hurts me. I will always protect the players, I will always do that, but it was blatantly obvious tonight that one team wanted to win the game more than the other and, if that’s the case, you have no chance.”

Reds couldn’t handle the pace of Warrington’s Jack Mackreth with the much travelled winger, who had a spell with Barrow, causing all kinds of problems for a rearguard short of clean sheets and confidence.

Town netted two goals in four minutes mid-way through the first half but it might have been double that had it not been for several fine saves from Aaran Taylor, the only player to escape criticism from the manager.

But Taylor couldn’t keep the yellow shirts at bay on his own and was beaten after 23 and 27 minutes.

Mackreth had a hand in both goals. His cross from the right led to the first and, although Dylan Vassallo failed to connect with the ball, Tony Gray was lurking with intent.

He curled the ball over Taylor and in to the far corner of the net and whether it was a cross or a shot is irrelevant, a player of such proven ability shouldn’t have been allowed the freedom of the borough.

Adam Hughes and Max Brown

Taylor was a tad unlucky with the second and decisive goal after beating out Mackreth’s initial shot. The ball went straight back to the winger who marked his home debut by smashing it into the net.

But credit to shell-shocked Reds who, at least, made a better fist of things after the interval. It had to be better and it was, marginally.

The only positive to emerge, however, was the return of Scott Allison who got forty five minutes of action under his belt, kicking his first ball in anger since April.

All things considered, he did very well and was unlucky not to mark his return with a goal. A cleverly disguised pass of the match from Conor Tinnion prised open Town’s rearguard but Tony McMillan reacted quickly and got a big hand on Allison’s attempted chip.

McMillan was forced into his only other save of note on the hour mark when an equally fine stop prevented Max Brown’s first league goal.

Other than that, Reds huffed and puffed to no avail and were, particularly in that painful first half, as insipid as their new grey change strip.

Warrington Town McMillan, Duggan, Hughes, Garrity, Roberts, Raven, Mackreth (Caton, 79), Beeley, Amis (Brodie, 70), Gray (Dixon, 85), Vassallo. Substitutes – Carden, Evans (not used).

Workington Taylor, Mellen, Rowntree (Allison, 46), Wordsworth, Douglas, Cowperthwaite, Maguire, Hubbold, Brown (Mossop, 62), Joel, Tinnion. Substitutes – Tidy, Miller, Casson (not used).

Referee Daniel Hitchell, Wirral

Attendance 239

Aaran Taylor

Player of the Match

Aaran Taylor

Key moments

Goal Tony Gray scores for Warrington Town
Goal Jack Mackreth scores for Warrington Town


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90:00 Player of the Match
Aaran Taylor is awarded player of the match for Workington
85:00 Sub On
Bohan Dixon is substituted on for Warrington Town
85:00 Sub Off
Tony Gray is substituted off for Warrington Town
79:00 Sub On
James Caton is substituted on for Warrington Town
79:00 Sub Off
Jack Mackreth is substituted off for Warrington Town
70:00 Sub On
Richard Brodie is substituted on for Warrington Town
70:00 Sub Off
Josh Amis is substituted off for Warrington Town
62:00 Sub On
Sheldon Mossop is substituted on for Workington
62:00 Sub Off
Max Brown is substituted off for Workington
46:00 Sub On
Scott Allison is substituted on for Workington
46:00 Sub Off
Gari Rowntree is substituted off for Workington
End of period 1
27:00 Goal 2 - 0
Jack Mackreth scores for Warrington Town
23:00 Assist
Jack Mackreth makes an assist for Warrington Town
23:00 Goal 1 - 0
Tony Gray scores for Warrington Town
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Warrington Town
  • Workington
  • 0
  • Tony Gray Goal 23:00'
  • Jack Mackreth Assist 23:00'
  • Jack Mackreth Goal 27:00'
  • Scott Allison Sub On 46:00'
  • Gari Rowntree Sub Off 46:00'
  • Sheldon Mossop Sub On 62:00'
  • Max Brown Sub Off 62:00'
  • Richard Brodie Sub On 70:00'
  • Josh Amis Sub Off 70:00'
  • James Caton Sub On 79:00'
  • Jack Mackreth Sub Off 79:00'
  • Bohan Dixon Sub On 85:00'
  • Tony Gray Sub Off 85:00'

Team selection

Warrington Town
  • 1. Tony McMillan
  • 2. Mitch Duggan
  • 3. Adam Hughes
  • 4. Ben Garrity
  • 5. Mark Roberts
  • 6. David Raven
  • 7. Jack Mackreth
  • 8. Shaun Beeley
  • 9. Josh Amis
  • 10. Tony Gray
  • 11. Dylan Vassallo
  • 12. Richard Brodie
  • 14. Adam Carden
  • 15. James Caton
  • 16. Bohan Dixon

League round up

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South Shields


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
16. Bamber Bridge 40 42
17. Stalybridge Celtic 40 42
18. Grantham Town 40 42
19. Mickleover Sports 40 41
20. Marine 40 40
21. Workington 40 29
22. North Ferriby United 0 0

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