MATCH PREVIEW: Cumberland Cup action

Never mind those blockbuster fixtures in the Champions League, it’s Cumberland Cup week with live football being played on your doorstep on Tuesday evening.

With first team football an almost forgotten commodity at Borough Park at the moment, supporters are invited to get out of the house for a couple of hours and support the Development Squad in the Cumberland Cup 2nd Round tie v Dearham United (7.45pm).

Craig Johnston and Lee McCullough will be in charge of the team who have the rare opportunity of playing under the lights at Borough Park with County League newcomers, Dearham United, providing the opposition in what could certainly be classed as a derby fixture.

Jack Brown

The Development Squad’s biggest hurdle on Tuesday could be complacency as they have already inflicted a 9-1 Benevolent Cup defeat upon Dearham who were well below strength for that earlier clash in September.

Jack Dunstan (4) and Cain Pears (3) scored seven of the goals between them in the last meeting with Chad Grisdale and Tyler Harrell also getting on the score sheet.  Dearham’s consolation goal was netted by Jack Brown who had given good service to the Reserves/Development squad in recent years.

He is actually United’s player manager, despite his tender years, and we wish him well in the latest chapter of his career after tonight and Saturday of course.

The two teams meet again at Pottery Park at the weekend, this time in the Conway Cup, to complete a hat-trick of cup ties between the clubs.

This will be the second of the last sixteen matches with the full draw:

Kirkoswald v. Unisun Athletic (Saturday)

Whitehaven Miners Social v. Whitehaven (Saturday)

Alston Moor v. Eden Valley (Saturday)

Penrith v. Greystoke (match already played with Penrith emerging 5-3 winners)

Dearham United v. Workington (holders) – match at Borough Park

Windscale v. Mirehouse (Wednesday)

Aspatria v. Carlisle United (Wednesday)

The first-round matches produced a total of 43 goals with Windscale’s 11-0 victory over Braithwaite the highest scoring affair which contrasted with our 1-0 success over Gosforth, the lowest scoring fixture.

Harry Watson scored the winning goal for Reds in the last round against gritty opponents.

Workington Development

(grey shirts, wine red shorts, wine red socks)

Management: Malcolm Allison, Craig Johnston, Lee McCullough 

Callum Bell

Zach Benson-Lester

Sam Christian

Luke Davidson

Jack Dunstan

Chad Grisdale

Tyler Harrell

Owen Johnston

Luke Knowles

Aaron Lister (g/k)

Zach Martin

Cain Pears

Hayden Percival

Alfie Scofield

Jaden Scott

Evan Stephenson

Dearham United 

(orange and black shirts, black shorts, black socks)

Management: Jack Brown, Adam Short

Kyle Adlard

Jack Basnett

Ben Brown (g/k)

Brandon Brown

Jack Brown

Kyah Frazer

Tom Glover

Alfie Green

Matthew Heaney

Leo Howland

Daniel Little

Danny Manchester

Taylor Manchester

Blake Miller

Matthew Oglanby

Dylan Robinson

Match officials

Referee: Scott Henry

Assistants: Paul Stephenson, Leigh Musgrave

Kick-off: 7.45pm

  • Workington lifted the Cumberland Cup for a record 27th time at Brunton Park last May overcoming Penrith 9-1, a record score for a single match final.

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