Northern Premier League NPL Premier 23/24

Skuna StadiumHindsford, Wigan, Greater Manchester, England, M46 9BE, United Kingdom

Atherton Collieries
Skuna Stadium Alder Street Atherton Manchester M46 9EY
Workington AFC
Borough Park, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT
4 - 3
Final Score
Enock Lusiama - 1 (2')Joshua Solomon-Davies - 1 (13')Jordan Scanlon - 2 (32', 74')
Scott Allison - 1 (37')Greg McCaragher - 1 (39')Dav Symington - 1 (90')
Game Statistics
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0Red cards0
0Corner Kick0
0Shots on Goal0
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Game Timeline
Enock Lusiama
Joshua Solomon-Davies
Jordan Scanlon
Greg McCaragher
Oliver Putnam 
Jordan Scanlon
Scott Allison
Kitt Nelson
Greg McCaragher
Sidi Sanogo-Fofana
Dav Symington
Nathan Caine
Jordan Scanlon
Adam Dawson
Harry Watson
Jordan Boon
Dav Symington


It was hard to determine Danny Grainger’s mood after this bizarre game with disappointment, anger and frustration all surfacing in equal measures.

Going forward, Workington were as potent as they have been all season yet that is only part of the job.  Their defending, as a team and not four individuals, was woeful – a case of no defence for the defence!

We know there are mitigating circumstances yet the majority of supporters are not interested in facts (or excuses) other than the results.  And if they fall into the negative category, they waste little time in voicing an opinion.

But not many teams would cope with the absence of eight senior players or yet another defensive permutation, a heavy pitch which didn’t suit their intended style of play, an obvious lack of experience in key areas, too much naivety and, significantly, a costly slow start.

Conceding early was always going to be a concern for a makeshift team fielding a makeshift defence so to go behind in the early seconds of the second minute set the tone for the day.

Gifting the opposition goals from corners has been a problem all season so not conceding said set-pieces is one way of combating that chink in the armour.  Workington conceded very few corners overall but fell behind to one inside eighty seconds.   

The unmarked Enoch Lusiama just had to flex his neck muscles to open the scoring from close range and the home side were in front.  And they were still ahead at 5 o’clock with three priceless points in the bag.

They doubled their advantage when Josh Soloman-Davies completed another incisive move by scoring in the thirteenth minute.

Workington were confidently going forward without an end product but looked vulnerable every time Colls countered up the Skuna Stadium slope. 

Jim Atkinson might have reacted better to Atherton’s second goal but was very unlucky with the third after thirty-two minutes.  He saved Jordan Scanlon’s original shot but the ball rebounded to the striker and he converted at the second attempt.

Then, suddenly, the game changed.  Scott Allison, without a league goal since the opening day of the season reduced the arrears.

He had been denied a certain goal by Joe O’Shaughnessy’s brilliant reflex save minutes earlier but the ‘keeper was helpless to prevent a crisp finish after thirty-seventh minutes via Kitt Nelson’s assist from the left.

It got better for yellow-shirted Reds two minutes later, this time following an attack down the opposite flank.  Greg McCaragher set off towards goal and arrowed a fine low shot beyond a sea of legs and the goalkeeper to net the fifth goal of the afternoon.

We all sensed it wouldn’t be the final goal of this mud-bath extravaganza but whoever netted the sixth had a good chance of finishing on the winning side.  Unfortunately, from a Cumbrian perspective, it was Atherton who made it 4-2 against the run of play.

They took advantage of Reds’ ’gung-ho’ approach, countered quickly and the lively Scanlon netted his second of the afternoon to emerge Colls’ match winner.

But their real hero and man-of-the-match by a distance was O’Shaughnessy.  He had an afternoon to remember and thwarted Allison, Steven Rigg, Brad Hubbold, Connor Pani and David Symington with a series of stunning saves and gathered a string of crosses, proving a very capable last line of defence.

He was beaten three times in the second half but a defender helped him out by clearing one shot off the line, on another occasion, Allison’s shot rebounded off the crossbar and when he was finally beaten, by a rare Symington headed goal, there wasn’t enough time left for Reds to salvage a point.

A seven-goal thriller was always a possibility from the two worst defences in the league but Reds, somehow, have to put ‘more than a finger in the dam’.  Easier said than done when five of the absentees were recognised defenders.

It was a brave effort in the circumstances but a concern when a glance at the fixture list reveals Workington’s opponents for the first few Saturdays in the New Year!    

Atherton Collieries: O’Shaugnhessy, Solomon-Davies (Putnam, 26), Coulton, Moonan, Boon, Thompson, Rydel, Fofana, Mansell (Caine, 73), Scanlon (Dawson, 81), Lusiama.  Substitute – Buckley (not used).

Workington: Atkinson, McCaragher, Hetherington, Little, Pani, Hubbold, Francis (Symington, 58), Carroll (Watson, 89), Rigg, Allison, Nelson.  Substitutes – Grisdale, Grainger, Eccles (not used).

Referee: Mark Reeves, Manchester

Bookings: Fofana, Boon (Atherton Collieries), McCaragher (Workington)

Attendance: 358



DateTimeLeagueSeasonFull Time
26/12/202315:00Northern Premier LeagueNPL Premier 23/2490'


Skuna Stadium

Hindsford, Wigan, Greater Manchester, England, M46 9BE, United Kingdom


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals


1Joe O’Shaugnhessy Goalkeeper
2Joshua Solomon-Davies 12 Defender 13'
3Lewis Coulton Defender
4Dylan Moonan Midfielder
5Jordan Boon Defender 90'
6Dylan Thompson Defender
7Ben Rydel Midfielder
8Sidi Sanogo-Fofana Midfielder 47'
9Lewis Mansell 15 Forward
10Jordan Scanlon 16 Midfielder 32', 74'
11Enock Lusiama Forward 2'
12Oliver Putnam  2 Forward
13Jack Buckley Goalkeeper
15Nathan Caine 9 Forward
16Adam Dawson 10 Midfielder


1Jim Atkinson Goalkeeper
2Greg McCaragher Midfielder 39'
3Sam Hetherington Midfielder
4Jordan Little Defender
5Connor Pani Midfielder
6Brad Hubbold Midfielder
7Dannen Francis 15 Midfielder
8Bobby Carroll 14 Midfielder
9Steven Rigg Forward
10Scott Allison Forward 37'
11Kitt Nelson Midfielder 37'
12Chad Grisdale Midfielder
14Harry Watson 8 Forward
15Dav Symington 7 Midfielder 90'
16Danny Grainger Defender
21Danny Eccles Goalkeeper
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