Northern Premier League NPL Premier 23/24

Broadhurst ParkManchester, Greater Manchester, England, M40 0FJ, United Kingdom

FC United of Manchester
Broadhurst Park 310 Lightbowne Road Moston Manchester M40 0FJ
Workington AFC
Borough Park, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT
1 - 3
Final Score
Dontai Gabidon - 1 (7')
Dav Symington - 1 (8')Sam Hetherington - 1 (43')Lewis Reilly - 1 (79')
Game Statistics
0 Yellow cards 0
0 Red cards 0
0 Corner Kick 0
0 Saves 0
0 Shots on Goal 0
0 Shots 0
Pass Accuracy
Shot Accuracy
Pass Accuracy
Shot Accuracy
Game Timeline
Dontai Gabidon
Dontai Gabidon
Dav Symington
Conor Tinnion
Joseph Ferguson
Sam Hetherington
Scott Allison
Paul Ennis
Lewis Reilly
Jake Allan
Trevon Byran
Kelan Swales
Bobby Carroll
Aran Fitzpatrick
Charlie Oliver
Luke Griffirths
Aidan Roxburgh
Lewis Reilly
Jim Atkinson
Bobby Carroll


This was Workington’s first outing since manager Danny Grainger’s resignation announcement and his insistence that the players ‘wouldn’t down tools’ between now and the end of the season was evident for all to see.

They played plenty of decent football, kept possession well, moved the ball about efficiently and created several chances in a dominant first half and then battled, scrapped, won tackles and headers when FC United came more into the picture after the interval.

And Grainger had a grandstand view of his team’s impressive performance as he served a one match touchline ban for an indiscretion before Christmas.

For their first ever visit to the opulent Broadhurst Park, Reds had to tweak the starting XI with Kit Nelson and Conor Tinnion coming in to replace the unavailable pair of Ceiran Casson and Steven Rigg.

 Tinnion was soon into the game and credited with an assist for two goals in the opening eight minutes.  A wayward back-pass was intercepted by Dontai Gabidon and the striker steadied himself and calmly slotted the ball past Jim Atkinson for the seventh minute opener.

But the evergreen Tinnion redeemed himself immediately as Workington’s response was instant.  He released skipper Dav Symington and the Division’s top scorer turned, fended off a rather weak challenge and blasted home his 23rd goal of a wonderful personal season with Dimeji Willan beaten by the sheer pace of the shot.

In doing so, Symington became the first Workington player to score twenty-three league goals in a NPL season. 

The skipper had two further efforts at goal as the yellow-shirted Reds got a foothold in the game but not necessarily the pitch.  Willan saved the first after Scott Allison created the opening and another attempt from outside the box just whistled past the post.

Sam Hetherington and Allison both saw goal-bound efforts blocked by United’s overworked defence.

It was no surprise when the Cumbrians did go ahead two minutes before the break in what was a special moment for eighteen years old, Hetherington.  He had picked up a dead-leg injury and wasn’t running smoothly but will be pleased he decided to soldier-on until half-time.

Allison had been wiped out in the build-up to the goal but the referee played an excellent advantage and Hetherington will be delighted he did.  He pounced on the loose ball and thundered a sweet left foot shot beyond the helpless Willan for his first senior goal.

A more aggressive FC returned to the pitch for the second half and Reds soon discovered they would no longer have things their own way.  But whilst the hosts were dominating possession and forcing a string of corners, they created very few clear-cut opportunities.

Kelan Swales and Lewis Gilboy did land shots on target but neither seriously troubled Atkinson.

And when Workington gained the comfort blanket of a third goal, the points were well and truly heading back up the M6.

Willan’s unhappy afternoon was compounded when he played the ball out, but only to Lewis Reilly, and the striker momentarily forgot about his injury ravaged season to gleefully side-foot home Reds’ third and decisive goal, sending the noisy Workington support into raptures.

FC United came close to netting a second goal just before the end but were denied by an acrobatic save from Atkinson at the expense of a corner.

By then Workington were down to ten men following Bobby Carroll’s straight red card with twelve minutes remaining.  He appeared to lose his footing on the tricky surface and lunged into a tackle on Aaron Bennett.  The latter wasn’t injured but the referee deemed it a dangerous tackle and dismissed the Reds’ substitute.

Grainger felt his side had played better in recent weeks yet had dropped points so was pleased that they managed to ‘grind-out’ a win and complete a league double over an ‘out-of-sorts’ FC United. 

A handful of so called ‘Workington supporters’ tarnished an enjoyable afternoon for their part in a bout of ‘fisticuffs’ as post-match celebrations got out of hand, once again besmirching the club’s reputation.      

FC United of Manchester: Willan, Ferguson, Hall, Lafferty (Ennis, 46), Oliver, Palinkas, Bennett, Griffiths, Gabidon (Swales, 60), McLoughlin, Gilboy.  Substitutes – Bryan (replaced Ennis, 57), Munro, Woodcock (not used).

Workington: Atkinson, McCaragher, Fitzpatrick, Little, Smith, Allan (Roxburgh, 75), Symington, Hetherington (Reilly, 46), Allison, Nelson (Carroll,65) Tinnion.  Substitutes – Wallbank, Hubbold (not used).

Referee: Sam Bragg

Bookings: Gabidon, Ferguson, Oliver, Griffiths (FC United of Manchester), Allan, Fitzpatrick, Atkinson (Workington)  

Red Card: Carroll (Workington)

Attendance: 1,639



Date Time League Season Full Time
02/03/2024 15:00 Northern Premier League NPL Premier 23/24 90'


Broadhurst Park

Manchester, Greater Manchester, England, M40 0FJ, United Kingdom


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
FC United101

FC United

1Dimeji Willian Goalkeeper
2Joseph Ferguson Defender 36'
3Guy Hall Defender
4Dan Lafferty 14 Defender
5Charlie Oliver Defender 68'
6Jan Palinkas Defender
7Aaron Bennett Midfielder
8Luke Griffirths Midfielder 70'
9Dontai Gabidon 16 Midfielder 7'
10Declan McLoughlin Midfielder
11Lewis Gilboy Forward
12Trevon Byran 14 Defender
14Paul Ennis 12 Midfielder
15Charlie Munro Midfielder
16Kelan Swales 9 Forward
17Max Woodcock Forward


1Jim Atkinson Goalkeeper 83'
2Greg McCaragher Midfielder
3Aran Fitzpatrick Defender 67'
4Jordan Little Defender
5Sam Smith Defender
6Jake Allan 14 Midfielder 51'
7Dav Symington Midfielder 8'
8Sam Hetherington 16 Midfielder 43'
9Scott Allison Forward 43'
10Kitt Nelson Midfielder
11Conor Tinnion 15 Midfielder 8'
12Finlay Wallbank Defender
14Aidan Roxburgh 6 Defender
15Bobby Carroll 11 Midfielder 84'
16Lewis Reilly 8 Forward 79'
17Brad Hubbold Midfielder
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