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Stafford Rangers
T Bailey-Jones (5'), J Cuff (56' Sent Off)
Full time
D Wordsworth (80')
Sat 5 Jan 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - Premier Division Attendance 526

Injury and resignation cloud result


Even by Workington standards, this was a bizarre day leaving directors, players and supporters angry and frustrated by such dramatic circumstance.

Newly appointed manager, Gavin Skelton, sensationally left the club minutes after his second game in charge and less than a week in the job.

Nothing should surprise in football but this left everyone shell-shocked as Lee Andrews and John Mackay informed the players and supporters respectively.

And to compound the worry and hurt, top scorer, Scott Allison, was stretchered off with a dislocated shoulder and is likely to miss two vital months of the season. He seemed to fall awkwardly and sustained the injury as he landed on the firm surface.

There was also a game of football played during an eventful afternoon with Reds grabbing a deserved point following a gritty, determined performance.

A surprise recall for Dav Symington saw the popular player take his place on the bench for his first appearance of the season.

Stafford, like Reds, are deep in relegation trouble and they too tweaked their managerial structure over Christmas. And it was they who made the better start scoring a wonder goal with just five minutes on the clock.

Andy Haworth helped the ball into the box and Theo Bailey-Jones pulled off the most spectacular overhead kick to score a superb goal.
It was a special moment and contrasted with Rangers’ overall approach to the game which saw them break-up play at every opportunity and disrupt the game regularly throughout.

And it worked to a degree. Reds certainly didn’t do enough to win even when grabbing a deserved equaliser ten minutes from time.

Whilst Rangers’ goal was a thing of beauty, the Workington leveller was blessed by a touch of good fortune with a miscued Gari Rowntree shot deflected past Adam Siviter by Dan Wordsworth. Two unlikely attackers combining to good effect.

The game suffered a lengthy delay when Allison was receiving treatment on the pitch but there was more drama taking place near the Workington technical area during the stoppage.

Reds’ Brad Carroll and Joe Cuff got involved in an unnecessary spat which saw the latter retaliate to a kick, only for his action to be spotted by the assistant referee. It resulted in the Stafford player being shown a red card whilst Carroll, already on a yellow card, escape further punishment.

The Premier Division table makes worrying reading for both Rangers and Reds supporters but it is just one of several important items on the agenda for the Workington hierarchy to contemplate.

Stafford Rangers Siviter, Coulson, Hill, Jones, Burns, Green (Sherratt, 88), Bailey-Jones, Thorley, Charles (Dixon, 90), Haworth (Banks, 75), Cuff. Substitutes – Askey, Williams (not used).

Workington Taylor, Smith, Rowntree, Wordsworth, Calvert, Carroll (Symington, 90) Allison (Hubbold, 60), Cowperthwaite, Walker, Paterson (Maguire, 46), Tinnion. Substitute – Casson (not used).

Referee Andy Ellis

Bookings: Tom Thorley, Josh Green (Stafford Rangers), Brad Carroll (Workington)

Red card: Joe Cuff (Stafford Rangers)

Attendance 526

Daniel Wordsworth

Player of the Match

Daniel Wordsworth

Key moments

Goal Theo Bailey-Jones scores for Stafford Rangers
Red Card Joe Cuff is sent off for Stafford Rangers
Goal Daniel Wordsworth scores for Workington


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90:00 +7:00 Player of the Match
Daniel Wordsworth is awarded player of the match for Workington
90:00 +6:00 Sub Off
Jake Charles is substituted off for Stafford Rangers
90:00 +6:00 Sub On
Max Dixon is substituted on for Stafford Rangers
90:00 +3:00 Sub Off
Brad Carroll is substituted off for Workington
90:00 +3:00 Sub On
David Symington is substituted on for Workington
88:00 Sub Off
Joshua Green is substituted off for Stafford Rangers
88:00 Sub On
Jack Sherratt is substituted on for Stafford Rangers
86:00 Yellow Card
Joshua Green is yellow carded for Stafford Rangers
80:00 Assist
Gari Rowntree makes an assist for Workington
80:00 Goal 1 - 1
Daniel Wordsworth scores for Workington
75:00 Sub Off
Andrew Haworth is substituted off for Stafford Rangers
75:00 Sub On
Lewis Banks is substituted on for Stafford Rangers
60:00 Sub Off
Scott Allison is substituted off for Workington
60:00 Sub On
Brad Hubbold is substituted on for Workington
56:00 Red Card 1 - 0
Joe Cuff is sent off for Stafford Rangers
52:00 Yellow Card
Brad Carroll is yellow carded for Workington
46:00 Sub On
Kieran Maguire is substituted on for Workington
46:00 Sub Off
Sean Paterson is substituted off for Workington
End of period 1
8:00 Yellow Card
Tom Thorley is yellow carded for Stafford Rangers
5:00 Goal 1 - 0
Theo Bailey-Jones scores for Stafford Rangers
5:00 Assist
Andrew Haworth makes an assist for Stafford Rangers
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Stafford Rangers
  • Workington
  • 0
  • Theo Bailey-Jones Goal 5:00'
  • Andrew Haworth Assist 5:00'
  • Tom Thorley Yellow Card 8:00'
  • Sean Paterson Sub Off 46:00'
  • Kieran Maguire Sub On 46:00'
  • Brad Carroll Yellow Card 52:00'
  • Joe Cuff Red Card 56:00'
  • Brad Hubbold Sub On 60:00'
  • Scott Allison Sub Off 60:00'
  • Lewis Banks Sub On 75:00'
  • Andrew Haworth Sub Off 75:00'
  • Daniel Wordsworth Goal 80:00'
  • Gari Rowntree Assist 80:00'
  • Joshua Green Yellow Card 86:00'
  • Joshua Green Sub Off 88:00'
  • Jack Sherratt Sub On 88:00'
  • Brad Carroll Sub Off 90:00 +3:00'
  • David Symington Sub On 90:00 +3:00'
  • Max Dixon Sub On 90:00 +6:00'
  • Jake Charles Sub Off 90:00 +6:00'

Team selection

Stafford Rangers
  • 1. Adam Siviter
  • 2. Sam Coulson
  • 3. Matthew Hill
  • 4. Luke Jones
  • 5. Daniel Burns
  • 6. Joshua Green
  • 7. Theo Bailey-Jones
  • 8. Tom Thorley
  • 9. Jake Charles
  • 10. Andrew Haworth
  • 11. Joe Cuff
  • 12. James Askey
  • 14. Lewis Banks
  • 15. Jack Sherratt
  • 16. Peter Williams
  • 17. Max Dixon

League round up

Other Premier Division results

Whitby Town
Warrington Town
Nantwich Town
Mickleover Sports
Stalybridge Celtic
Scarborough Athletic
Hednesford Town
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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