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Workington
South Shields
Full time
N Lowe (78'), R Briggs (42')
Tue 9 Apr 19:45 - The Evo-Stik League - Premier Division Attendance 413

Two set piece goals seals Shields victory

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This was an improved performance from a much-changed Reds team who acquitted themselves well against title-chasing Shields.

They matched them toe-to-toe for over an hour in a game that saw very few chances created from open play.

Lee Andrews had to go into the game without the injured trio of Gari Rowntree, Josh Calvert and Sam Joel with Brad Carroll (‘flu) also unavailable.

From early in the game it looked as though the set piece route would be the most likely source of goals and so it proved.

The Mariners secured the points and their twenty-fifth win of the season with goals via the penalty spot and a free kick.

But Reds competed throughout albeit without making inroads on Shields’ watertight defence.

After Dav Symington had gone close to giving the hosts an unlikely lead from a well-struck free-kick, the north-east side, backed by a healthy contingent of their supporters, got the breakthrough at the other end.

A diagonal ball was delivered into the area and Dan Wordsworth impeded Jon Shaw as both challenged for the ball.

It’s the sort of challenge that happens every time there is a free-kick or a corner but, like a speeding offence, you know the consequences if you get caught.

The referee pointed to the spot and Robert Briggs, the only Shields player to make the NPL ‘team of the year’, confidently placed the ball into the net.

And that looked as though it would decide a closely fought game until the visitors doubled their lead ten minutes before the end.

Luke Daly was fouled just outside the area and Nathan Lowe scored with the subsequent free-kick despite Aarran Taylor’s best efforts to keep the ball out.

Reds’ only shot on target, soon after the restart, saw Dan Carmichael’s snap-shot from the edge of the box gathered by Liam Connell at the second attempt.

Plenty of spirit and half decent performances on the night but, ultimately, Reds fell short with the chronic shortage of goals and the lack of clean sheets an all too familiar trait.

Andrews was pleased with the team’s commitment but said, “It was an even contest until we helped them on their way with two soft goals.”

Workington Taylor, Symington, Smith (Harker, 81), Wordsworth, Douglas, Cowperthwaite, Allison, Holt, Walker, Carmichael (Maguire, 80), Tinnion. Substitutes – Thompson, Brotherston, Casson (not used).

South Shields Connell, Baxter, Adams, Shaw, Morse, Turnbull, Daly, Lowe, Harmison (Mason, 73), Briggs (Lough, 46), Bell (Cogdon, 85). Substitutes – Mouanda, Foley (not used).

Referee Craig Dean, Durham

Bookings: Harker (Workington), Baxter (South Shields)

Attendance 413

Niall Cowperthwaite

Player of the Match

Niall Cowperthwaite
Niall Cowperthwaite

Player of the Match

Niall Cowperthwaite

Key moments

42:00
Goal Robert Briggs scores for South Shields
78:00
Goal Nathan Lowe scores for South Shields

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Niall Cowperthwaite is awarded player of the match for Workington
90:00 Player of the Match
Niall Cowperthwaite is awarded player of the match for Workington
85:00 Yellow Card
Cameron Harker is yellow carded for Workington
84:00 Sub On
Gavin Cogdon is substituted on for South Shields
84:00 Sub Off
Connor Bell is substituted off for South Shields
79:00 Sub On
Cameron Harker is substituted on for Workington
79:00 Sub Off
Sam Smith is substituted off for Workington
78:00 Goal 0 - 2
Nathan Lowe scores for South Shields
77:00 Sub Off
Daniel Carmichael is substituted off for Workington
77:00 Sub On
Kieran Maguire is substituted on for Workington
71:00 Sub On
Lee Mason is substituted on for South Shields
71:00 Sub Off
Ben Harmison is substituted off for South Shields
61:00 Yellow Card
Craig Baxter is yellow carded for South Shields
46:00 Sub On
Darren Lough is substituted on for South Shields
46:00 Sub Off
Robert Briggs is substituted off for South Shields
End of period 1
42:00 Goal 0 - 1
Robert Briggs scores for South Shields
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Workington
  • South Shields
  • 0
  • Robert Briggs Goal 42:00'
  • Robert Briggs Sub Off 46:00'
  • Darren Lough Sub On 46:00'
  • Craig Baxter Yellow Card 61:00'
  • Lee Mason Sub On 71:00'
  • Ben Harmison Sub Off 71:00'
  • Kieran Maguire Sub On 77:00'
  • Daniel Carmichael Sub Off 77:00'
  • Nathan Lowe Goal 78:00'
  • Cameron Harker Sub On 79:00'
  • Sam Smith Sub Off 79:00'
  • Gavin Cogdon Sub On 84:00'
  • Connor Bell Sub Off 84:00'
  • Cameron Harker Yellow Card 85:00'

Team selection

South Shields
  • 1. Liam Connell
  • 2. Craig Baxter
  • 3. Blair Adams
  • 4. Jon Shaw
  • 5. Dillon Morse
  • 6. Philip Turnbull
  • 7. Luke Daly
  • 8. Nathan Lowe
  • 9. Ben Harmison
  • 10. Robert Briggs
  • 11. Connor Bell
  • 12. Darren Lough
  • 14. Joachim Mouanda
  • 15. Lee Mason
  • 16. David Foley
  • 17. Gavin Cogdon

League round up

Other Premier Division results

2
1
Stafford Rangers
Warrington Town
1
0
Whitby Town
Mickleover Sports
0
0

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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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