Recap

Northern Premier League NPL Premier 23/24

Northolme13 Northolme, Gainsborough DN21 2QN, UK

Gainsborough Trinity
Northolme, Gainsborough Trinity
Workington AFC
Borough Park, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT
4 - 2
Final Score
Declan Howe - 2 (6', 13')Fraser Preston - 1 (41')Bailey Conway - 1 (82')
Scott Allison - 1 (57')Dav Symington - 1 (81')
Game Statistics
0Yellow cards0
0Red cards0
0Corner Kick0
0Saves0
0Shots on Goal0
0Shots0
0%
Pass Accuracy
0%
Shot Accuracy
OFF
0
F
0
SH
0
0%
Pass Accuracy
0%
Shot Accuracy
0
OFF
0
F
0
SH
Game Timeline
KO
KO
Declan Howe
6'
Declan Howe
13'
Lewis Reilly
35'
George Hornshaw
41'
Fraser Preston
41'
Greg McCaragher
57'
Scott Allison
57'
Conor Tinnion
60'
Connor Shanks
63'
Brad Hubbold
63'
Dayle Southwell
78'
Kitt Nelson
79'
Dav Symington
81'
Bailey Conway
82'
FT

Recap

Danny Grainger expressed his anger at his side’s poor first half showing which, ultimately, led to another high-scoring defeat.  His professional pride was hurt by the attitude of the team, a group he has backed to the hilt during his four seasons in the Borough Park hot seat.

“Gainsborough turned up with the mindset of winning a football match and I don’t think we did,” he lamented, just minutes after Reds’ thirteenth defeat of a topsy-turvy season.

And his frustration was compounded by a second half showing which almost pulled off the most unlikely of comebacks.

Statistics can be manipulated anyway you wish to describe a football match but the only ones that matter is the goals columns.  Trinity 4, Reds 2, end of story.

The fact that Workington enjoyed the lion’s share of possession, completed the most passes and won the corner count by a distance became totally irrelevant as Russell Wilcox’s side completed a league double over a team now looking more like a bottom-six outfit than one hoping to end the season with a flourish and a top ten finish!   

The fact that Workington finished the day with just one recognised defender on the field may have had some bearing on another four goals being shipped, but they had a near full complement on the pitch in the opening quarter of an hour when the damage was done.

Declan Howe, who squandered twice as many opportunities as the ones he scored, netted a couple inside thirteen minutes, cashing in on basic defensive errors from a red-shirted back four acting like strangers.

The opener after six minutes was comical at best and the second, on thirteen, even more so.

Workington weaved their geometric patterns across the pitch but they didn’t hurt a Trinity rearguard that certainly defended better than they did.

The third goal after forty-one minutes completed a first half best forgotten.  Ceiran Casson lost possession in a central position allowing Fraser Preston a clear run-in on goal which the diminutive striker accepted gratefully before tucking the ball into the net.

There had to be a response from Reds, and there was, even though Grainger felt the contest was over at 3-0!

And if Workington’s two goals didn’t help to salvage an unlikely point, they proved significant contributions for David Symington and Scott Allison.

The latter moved a step closer to becoming the club’s second ‘all-time’ leading scorer with his 155th goal in Workington colours whilst the skipper netted his 24th of a fine personal season.

Allison’s fifty-seventh minute instinctive volley completed a fine passing move which saw Reds finally breach Trinity’s rearguard, for a fine team goal, while Symington’s individual effort with nine minutes to go gave the Workington supporters a brief glimmer of hope.

But with Workington it is the hope that destroys you.  No sooner than clawing their way back into the contest, Reds immediately shot themselves in the foot by conceding a fourth – and, like the other three, it was gift-wrapped.  This time it was Bailey Conway who was given all the freedom he needed to meander through and slot home Trinity’s fourth, less than a minute after Symington’s strike.  

Grainger will be hoping for a response over the Easter weekend when they face opposition below them in the table, Stafford Rangers and Atherton Collieries respectively.            

Gainsborough Trinity: Wharton, Hornshaw, Jackson, Conway, Douglas, Cogill, Butroid, Johnson, Preston, Howe (Southwell, 78), Stacey (Shanks, 63).  Substitutes – Wallace, Render, Moore-Billam (not used).

Workington: Atkinson, McCaragher, Wallbank, Little (Reilly, 34), Smith (Hubbold, 62), Casson, Symington, Hetherington, Rigg, Allison (Nelson, 78), Tinnion.  Substitutes – Roxburgh, Eccles (not used).

Referee: Tom Hales, Nuneaton

Booking: Tinnion (Workington)

Attendance: 537

Details

DateTimeLeagueSeasonFull Time
23/03/202415:00Northern Premier LeagueNPL Premier 23/2490'

Ground

Northolme

13 Northolme, Gainsborough DN21 2QN, UK

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Gainsborough314
Workington022

Gainsborough

1Dylan Wharton Goalkeeper
2George Hornshaw Defender 41'
3Ashley Jackson Defender
4Bailey Conway Midfielder 82'
5Hamish Douglas Defender
6Dylan Cogill Defender
7Lewis Butroid Defender
8Bobby Johnson Midfielder
9Fraser Preston Forward 41'
10Declan Howe 15 Forward 6', 13'
11Joe Stacey 16 Midfielder
12Nat Wallace Midfielder
13Josh Render Goalkeeper
14Jack Moore-Billam Midfielder
15Dayle Southwell 10 Forward
16Connor Shanks 11 Midfielder

Workington

1Jim Atkinson Goalkeeper
2Greg McCaragher Midfielder 57'
3Finlay Wallbank Defender
4Jordan Little 16 Defender
5Sam Smith 14 Defender
6Ceiran Casson Midfielder
7Dav Symington Midfielder 81'
8Sam Hetherington Midfielder
9Steven Rigg Forward
10Scott Allison 15 Forward 57'
11Conor Tinnion Midfielder 60'
12Aidan Roxburgh Defender
14Brad Hubbold 5 Midfielder
15Kitt Nelson 10 Midfielder
16Lewis Reilly 4 Forward
21Danny Eccles Goalkeeper
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