Recap

Northern Premier League NPL Premier 23/24

Ewen Fields24 Miles St, Hyde SK14 2SB, UK

Hyde United
Ewen Fields Walker Lane Hyde Cheshire SK14 5PL
Workington AFC
Borough Park, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT
2 - 0
Final Score
Lewis Alessandra - 1 (43')Jack Redshaw - 1 (45')
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
Lewis Alessandra
43'
Matthew Fearnley
45'
Jack Redshaw
45'
Ellis Johnston
54'
Aidan Roxburgh
60'
Brad Hubbold
60'
Antoine Makoli
70'
Manasse Mampala
76'
Jake Allan
76'
FT

Recap

Two goals within ninety seconds just before the interval secured the points for in-form Hyde, extending their unbeaten league run to twelve matches.

In comparison, Reds have recorded just one victory in their last dozen games and have yet to win in 2024.

And as well as they have played in that sequence of matches, many of which against the Premier Division’s leading clubs, they cannot convert competitive performances into wins.

This was another case of going toe-to-toe with a very useful Hyde outfit only to flatter to deceive.

They had weathered the early onslaught at the Project Solar Stadium, had their share of luck in doing so, and were just starting to dominate the game sufficiently to generate a bit of concern amongst the home supporters.

Sam Hetherington, twice, Steven Rigg, twice, and Greg McCaragher all went close to getting that all important opening goal but, soon after Rigg had squandered the game’s best opportunity, Hyde demonstrated the art of finishing in two easy lessons.

And, 2-0 to the good at half time, the hosts were content to let Workington weave their patterns throughout the second half safe in the knowledge that the points were in the bag. 

Within the first minute, both goalkeepers were pressed into action with Jim Atkinson keeping out a Harry Ditchfield effort and then Jordan Eastham thwarting Hetherington at the other end.

Hetherington was joined in the squad by two of his Brunton Park colleagues – youth loan recruits Aran Fitzpatrick and Jake Allan – and the trio of teenagers all caught the eye.

And it was another player with Carlisle United connections, Lewis Alessandra, who thought he had opened the scoring until an assistant’s referee’s flag curtailed his celebrations.

Fitzpatrick was invited to get forward at every opportunity and from one accurate assist, Rigg sent a header goalwards, Eastham made a partial save and then pushed Greg McCaragher’s follow-up onto the post.

Seconds later, McCaragher was clearing a Hyde effort off the line at the other end of the 3G pitch.

Hetherington was next to try his luck and he was denied by a fine Eastham save after juggling the ball over the last defender and creating the opportunity himself.

Dav Symington then got away down the left and floated over a precision cross to the unmarked Rigg at the far post.  The entire crowd just waited for the net to bulge but Rigg didn’t connect with the ball and the chance was gone.

To be then punished in Hyde’s very next attack was harsh and typical of Workington’s fortunes at the moment.

Alessandra, with a birthday in a few days, got free down the inside left channel and calmly slotted the opening goal to get his, and Hyde’s celebrations, underway early.

Workington momentarily lost their composure and less than two minutes later were two down and effectively done.

Matthew Fearnley found space he shouldn’t have been afforded before unselfishly passing to Jack Redshaw and the diminutive striker, who Reds had dealt with well to that point, converted the second.

Workington, to their credit, continued to move the ball about well but without really troubling Hyde and lacked that cutting edge in the final third.

It might have been different had Jordan Little powered home a header, via a Conor Tinnion corner, but Eastham made a reflex save and pushed the ball on to the bar and over.

United were content to let Workington have possession but, at the same time, keep them at arm’s length.

Rigg did break through late in the day but was ushered away from goal by Joe Bunney, a Workington player last month, so not even a consolation goal for the hitherto free scorers.  

Aidy Roxburgh did get on the pitch for the final half hour or so, a welcome positive on an otherwise disappointing afternoon.      

Hyde United: Eastham, Ditchfield (Johnson, 54), Doherty, Spooner, Bunney, Roscoe, Bunn, Jones-Griffiths, Fearnley, Redshaw (Makoli, 70), Alessandra (Mampala, 76).  Substitutes – Whittingham, White (not used).

Workington: Atkinson, McCaragher, Fitzpatrick, Little (Roxburgh, 60), Brookwell, Casson, Symington, Hetherington (Allan, 76), Rigg, Carroll (Hubbold, 60), Tinnion.  Substitutes – Wallbank, Eccles (not used).

Referee: Matthew Tyers, Sheffield

Booking: Carroll (Workington)

Attendance: 713

Details

DateTimeLeagueSeasonFull Time
03/02/202415:00Northern Premier LeagueNPL Premier 23/2490'

Ground

Ewen Fields

24 Miles St, Hyde SK14 2SB, UK

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Hyde202
Workington000

Hyde

1Jordan Eastham Goalkeeper
2Harry Ditchfield 17 Defender
3Josh Doherty Defender
4Callum Spooner Defender
5Joe Bunney Defender
6Bradley Roscoe Defender
7Harry Bunn Midfielder
8Shakeel Jones-Griffiths Midfielder
9Matthew Fearnley Forward 45'
10Jack Redshaw 14 Forward 45'
11Lewis Alessandra 12 Forward 43'
12Manasse Mampala 11 Forward
14Antoine Makoli 10 Midfielder
15Sonny Whittingham Midfielder
16Ryan White Midfielder
17Ellis Johnston 2 Defender

Workington

1Jim Atkinson Goalkeeper
2Greg McCaragher Midfielder
3Aran Fitzpatrick Defender
4Jordan Little 16 Defender
5Niall Brookwell Midfielder
6Ceiran Casson Midfielder
7Dav Symington Midfielder
8Sam Hetherington 14 Midfielder
9Steven Rigg Forward
10Bobby Carroll 15 Midfielder
11Conor Tinnion Midfielder
12Finlay Wallbank Defender
14Jake Allan 8 Midfielder
15Aidan Roxburgh 10 Defender
16Brad Hubbold 4 Midfielder
21Danny Eccles Goalkeeper
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