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Matlock Town
Workington
L Hinsley (27'), J Wafula (79')
Full time
N Cowperthwaite (34')
Sat 8 Dec 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - Premier Division Attendance 346

Reds left wondering what could have been

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A pulsating game in atrocious conditions was a great advertisement for Evo-Stik Premier Division football but left Reds wondering why they came away pointless, having contributed so much.

Both teams have improved noticeably since September’s clash at Borough Park and there wasn’t much between them on a filthy afternoon at Causeway Lane.

But the Gladiators edged the battle in terms of goals and continued their push towards the play-offs whilst Reds remain entrenched in a relegation battle and still without an away win to date.

The defeat was a blow after such a committed performance and, thankfully, Reds’ struggling rivals didn’t take advantage with none of the bottom eight managing to win.

The Cumbrians began well and Ross Durrant saved the first shot of the afternoon dealing with a Jordan Holt effort. The ‘keeper then thwarted Niall Cowperthwaite with an important block and the latter’s follow-up effort was charged down by Dayne Wiley.

Town got their noses in front with a delightful counter attack down the left after twenty seven minutes. A four man move and some swift one-touch passing culminated in Luke Hinsley sweeping home Lee Beevers’ low cross from eight yards.
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Reds responded well and were back on terms seven minutes later. Conor Tinnion floated a free kick towards the far post and first Sam Smith and then Kyle May kept the ball alive with Cowperthwaite reacting to the loose ball and driving it past Durrant from the corner of the six yard box.

Referee Kenwyn Hughes delayed kick-off for the second half as he contemplated abandoning the game but neither side was keen on that idea and play restarted.

The referee then awarded the hosts a soft penalty after Kyle May obstructed Craig King’s run into the box. May and Smith were booked for contesting the decision and Gari Rowntree joined themselves in the referee’s note book for continuing the process afterwards.

In between, Marcus Marshall took the spot kick but sent the ball into the night sky and towards the adjacent cricket pitch.

When play switched to the town end of the ground, Durrant again kept Reds at bay keeping out three decent efforts from Kieran Maguire, Scott Allison and Smith.

A Tinnion foul in front of the Matlock technical area, made worse by the amount of mud and water in that area, sparked a fracas. Tinnion, manhandled and jostled by all and sundry in the aftermath, was booked for the original incident, Cowperthwaite and Craig King were yellow carded for their role in the afters and the video editor sensibly deleted the incident from the highlight package to avoid further debate.

The winning goal came after seventy nine minutes and it was debutant, Jonathan Wafula, who drove home the decider through a crowded goal mouth after Reds failed to clear a corner.

Walker and Brad Hubbold had late shots saved by the excellent Durrant as Reds battled to the end in vain.

Despite the number of chances created and winning the corner count 11-7, Reds left empty handed as Town greeted the final whistle with celebration and relief in equal measures.

Matlock Town Durrant, Hare, Beevers, Hollingsworth, Wiley, Yates (Beatson, 90), Wafula, Taylor, Hinsley (Whitehead, 90), Marshall (Westcarr, 71), King. Substitutes – Hall, Pierrepont (not used).

Workington Taylor, Douglas, Rowntree, May, Smith, Cowperthwaite, Holt (Joel, 81) Maguire (Hubbold 80), Walker, Allison, Tinnion. Substitutes - Mellen, Paterson and Casson (not used).

Referee Kenwyn Hughes, Nottingham

Bookings: Hollingsworth, King (Matlock Town), May, Smith, Rowntree, Tinnion, Cowperthwaite (Workington)

Attendance 346

Kyle May

Assist

Kyle May
Niall Cowperthwaite

Player of the Match

Niall Cowperthwaite

Key moments

27:00
Goal Luke Hinsley scores for Matlock Town
34:00
Goal Niall Cowperthwaite scores for Workington
79:00
Goal Jonathan Wafula scores for Matlock Town

Highlights

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90:00 +6:00 Player of the Match
Niall Cowperthwaite is awarded player of the match for Workington
90:00 +4:00 Sub Off
Luke Hinsley is substituted off for Matlock Town
90:00 +4:00 Sub On
Nathan Whitehead is substituted on for Matlock Town
90:00 +1:00 Sub Off
Adam Yates is substituted off for Matlock Town
90:00 +1:00 Sub On
Bradley Beatson is substituted on for Matlock Town
81:00 Sub On
Samuel Joel is substituted on for Workington
81:00 Sub Off
Jordan Holt is substituted off for Workington
80:00 Sub Off
Kieran Maguire is substituted off for Workington
80:00 Sub On
Brad Hubbold is substituted on for Workington
79:00 Goal 2 - 1
Jonathan Wafula scores for Matlock Town
71:00 Sub Off
Marcus Marshall is substituted off for Matlock Town
71:00 Sub On
Craig Westcarr is substituted on for Matlock Town
62:00 Yellow Card
Conor Tinnion is yellow carded for Workington
62:00 Yellow Card
Niall Cowperthwaite is yellow carded for Workington
62:00 Yellow Card
Craig King is yellow carded for Matlock Town
55:00 Missed Penalty
Marcus Marshall misses a penalty for Matlock Town
55:00 Yellow Card
Gari Rowntree is yellow carded for Workington
54:00 Yellow Card
Sam Smith is yellow carded for Workington
54:00 Yellow Card
Kyle May is yellow carded for Workington
46:00 Yellow Card
Michael Hollingsworth is yellow carded for Matlock Town
End of period 1
34:00 Goal 1 - 1
Niall Cowperthwaite scores for Workington
34:00 Assist
Kyle May makes an assist for Workington
27:00 Assist
Lee Beevers makes an assist for Matlock Town
27:00 Goal 1 - 0
Luke Hinsley scores for Matlock Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Matlock Town
  • Workington
  • 0
  • Luke Hinsley Goal 27:00'
  • Lee Beevers Assist 27:00'
  • Niall Cowperthwaite Goal 34:00'
  • Kyle May Assist 34:00'
  • Michael Hollingsworth Yellow Card 46:00'
  • Kyle May Yellow Card 54:00'
  • Sam Smith Yellow Card 54:00'
  • Gari Rowntree Yellow Card 55:00'
  • Marcus Marshall Missed Penalty 55:00'
  • Conor Tinnion Yellow Card 62:00'
  • Niall Cowperthwaite Yellow Card 62:00'
  • Craig King Yellow Card 62:00'
  • Craig Westcarr Sub On 71:00'
  • Marcus Marshall Sub Off 71:00'
  • Jonathan Wafula Goal 79:00'
  • Brad Hubbold Sub On 80:00'
  • Kieran Maguire Sub Off 80:00'
  • Samuel Joel Sub On 81:00'
  • Jordan Holt Sub Off 81:00'
  • Bradley Beatson Sub On 90:00 +1:00'
  • Adam Yates Sub Off 90:00 +1:00'
  • Nathan Whitehead Sub On 90:00 +4:00'
  • Luke Hinsley Sub Off 90:00 +4:00'

Team selection

Matlock Town
  • 1. Ross Durrant
  • 2. Taron Hare
  • 3. Lee Beevers
  • 4. Michael Hollingsworth
  • 5. Dwayne Wiley
  • 6. Adam Yates
  • 7. Jonathan Wafula
  • 8. Cleveland Taylor
  • 9. Luke Hinsley
  • 10. Marcus Marshall
  • 11. Craig King
  • 12. Craig Westcarr
  • 14. Nathan Whitehead
  • 15. Bradley Beatson
  • 16. Ashton Hall
  • 17. Jordan Pierpoint

League round up

Other Premier Division results

Buxton
5
0
Mickleover Sports
Hednesford Town
1
2
Whitby Town
Nantwich Town
0
0
South Shields
Scarborough Athletic
0
2
Stalybridge Celtic
2
2
Stafford Rangers

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# 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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