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North Ferriby United
Full time
G Thompson (42'), J Walker (53')
Sat 9 Feb 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - Premier Division Attendance 155

Reds battle to third straight victory

A goal in each half from Reds veterans, Jason Walker and Garry Thompson, and a good solid defensively display helped achieve a best ever win at Grange Lane.

They had never scored more than one goal on this ground but a well taken effort, either side of the interval, paved the way to an important victory against a Ferriby side without a home win since August.

Although lacking in quality, Ferriby proved stubborn opposition and their overzealous approach and a poor playing surface suggested Reds would need more character than finesse and, thankfully, there was no shortage of that.

They fought fire with fire, were patient until getting their noses in front and then managed the game superbly.

Goal opportunities were limited but the Cumbrians looked the more likely to break the deadlock in a first half they dominated.

Thompson’s early shot thumped against the upright but he was flagged offside and then a clever back-heal from Conor Tinnion set-up Niall Cowperthwaite whose shot was saved by Lewis Exall.

When Thompson was brought to ground in the area, the referee ignored Workington’s legitimate appeals for a penalty. The loose ball fell conveniently for Walker but he failed to strike the ball properly and Exall saved comfortably.

And the ‘keeper again kept The Villagers in contention, diving full length to push away a firmly struck Brad Carroll shot.

Ferriby registered their first shot on target five minutes before the interval when Josh Vickers ventured forward but his effort was plucked out of the air by Aaran Taylor.

The opening goal came after Reds’ next attack in the forty second minute. Tinnion sent over a corner, Matty Douglas’ attempt was blocked before Thompson’s shot on the turn saw him open his goals account for the club and become one of the oldest Workington scorers during the non-league era.

A second goal would surely secure the points and it duly arrived eight minutes after the restart.

Again it was a set piece routine which did the damage with Cowperthwaite floating a free kick towards the far post. Walker was quickest to react and converted in style from close range, doubling the advantage with his tenth goal of the season.

Ferriby pushed forward in search of an equaliser but lacked the guile to find a way past Smith and Co in a solid back line.

There was one moment of concern, though, after Dan Wordsworth conceded a free-kick on the edge of the area. Callum Harrison sent his shot from eighteen yards towards goal only to see the ball hit the crossbar and bounce over for a goal kick.

The same player had another effort minutes later when a hint of desperation crept into Reds’ defensive duties. But with everyone expecting a similar attempt to his first, he fluffed his lines and the danger was averted.

Tougher assignments lay on the horizon but Reds will feel more confident going into those games after registering three consecutive wins for the first time in over a year.

North Ferriby United Exall, Windass (Brettell, 65), Vickers, Leyland, Mail, Piercy, Smith, Harrison, Payne, Nichols J (Matindale, 65), Nichols D. Substitutes – Adnitt, Waltham (not used).

Workington Taylor, Douglas, Rowntree, Wordsworth, Smith, Carroll (Joel, 84), Holt, Cowperthwaite, Walker, Thompson (Brotherston, 72), Tinnion. Substitutes – Casson, Harker (not used).

Referee David Holbrook, Leeds

Bookings: Leyland, Piercy, Nichols J (North Ferriby United), Wordsworth, Carroll (Workington)

Attendance 155

The FA Respect: We Only Do Positive

Sam Smith

Player of the Match

Sam Smith

Key moments

Goal Garry Thompson scores for Workington
Goal Jason Walker scores for Workington

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90:00 +4:00 Player of the Match
Sam Smith is awarded player of the match for Workington
85:00 Yellow Card
Ben Leyland is yellow carded for North Ferriby United
83:00 Sub On
Samuel Joel is substituted on for Workington
83:00 Sub Off
Brad Carroll is substituted off for Workington
81:00 Yellow Card
Daniel Wordsworth is yellow carded for Workington
72:00 Sub Off
Garry Thompson is substituted off for Workington
72:00 Sub On
Dean Brotherston is substituted on for Workington
68:00 Yellow Card
James Piercy is yellow carded for North Ferriby United
66:00 Sub On
Jake Martindale is substituted on for North Ferriby United
66:00 Sub Off
Josh Vickers is substituted off for North Ferriby United
66:00 Sub On
Arron Brettell is substituted on for North Ferriby United
66:00 Sub Off
James Nichols is substituted off for North Ferriby United
65:00 Yellow Card
James Nichols is yellow carded for North Ferriby United
57:00 Yellow Card
Brad Carroll is yellow carded for Workington
53:00 Assist
Niall Cowperthwaite makes an assist for Workington
53:00 Goal 0 - 2
Jason Walker scores for Workington
End of period 1
42:00 Assist
Jason Walker makes an assist for Workington
42:00 Goal 0 - 1
Garry Thompson scores for Workington
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • North Ferriby United
  • Workington
  • 0
  • Garry Thompson Goal 42:00'
  • Jason Walker Assist 42:00'
  • Jason Walker Goal 53:00'
  • Niall Cowperthwaite Assist 53:00'
  • Brad Carroll Yellow Card 57:00'
  • James Nichols Yellow Card 65:00'
  • Jake Martindale Sub On 66:00'
  • Josh Vickers Sub Off 66:00'
  • Arron Brettell Sub On 66:00'
  • James Nichols Sub Off 66:00'
  • James Piercy Yellow Card 68:00'
  • Dean Brotherston Sub On 72:00'
  • Garry Thompson Sub Off 72:00'
  • Daniel Wordsworth Yellow Card 81:00'
  • Samuel Joel Sub On 83:00'
  • Brad Carroll Sub Off 83:00'
  • Ben Leyland Yellow Card 85:00'

Team selection

North Ferriby United
  • 1. Lewis Exall
  • 2. Jordan Windass
  • 3. Josh Vickers
  • 4. Ben Leyland
  • 5. Jack Mail
  • 6. James Piercy
  • 7. Jack Smith
  • 8. Callum Harrison
  • 9. Niah Payne
  • 10. James Nichols
  • 11. Dan Nichols
  • 12. Arron Brettell
  • 14. Jake Martindale
  • 15. Issac Adnitt
  • 16. James Waltham

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
16. Grantham Town 30 35
17. Lancaster City 31 34
18. Hednesford Town 30 32
19. Stafford Rangers 29 30
20. Mickleover Sports 29 29
21. Workington 26 26
22. North Ferriby United 29 10

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