Recap

Northern Premier League NPL Premier 23/24

New Manor GroundAwsworth Road, Cotmanhay, Erewash, Derbyshire, England, DE7 8JS, United Kingdom

Ilkeston Town
New Manor Ground Awsworth Road Ilkeston Derbyshire DE7 8JF
Workington AFC
Borough Park, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT
6 - 1
Final Score
Jamie Walker - 2 (6', 90')Ross Barrows - 1 (24')Jordan Hallam - 1 (58')Declan Eratt-Thomas - 1 (61')Nathan Tyson - 1 (80')
Aidan Roxburgh - 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
Jamie Walker
6'
Ross Barrows
24'
Dan Wordsworth
30'
Aidan Roxburgh
45'
Declan Eratt-Thomas
57'
Jordan Hallam
58'
Jamie Walker
58'
Greg McCaragher
59'
Henri Wilder
60'
Declan Eratt-Thomas
61'
Steven Rigg
62'
Jack Tolley
66'
Jamie Hanson
73'
Ethan Hill
79'
Matty Bell
79'
Nathan Tyson
80'
Tayo Alexander-Tucker
83'
Bobby Carroll
85'
Jamie Walker
90'
FT

Recap

Workington’s 100% success record at the New Manor Ground was left in tatters after this emphatic loss, the heaviest in Danny Grainger’s time in the Borough Park hot seat.

They had won all four of their previous games at the stadium and even the one goal they conceded back in 2009 was recorded as an own-goal.

But in the most bizarre game of ‘gung-ho’ football I’ve witnessed for a long time, I was left to ponder a couple of things:  Why were Workington so naïve and why, on earth, did this talented Ilkeston outfit feel the need to master the art of time wasting with their well-rehearsed delaying tactics?

The corner count was 10-7 in Town’s favour and the decent chances (those on target) probably numbered the same in an afternoon of wonderful entertainment or worryingly abject fare – depending on which team you supported.

The net result was that Ilkeston topped the NPL Premier Division on Saturday evening – just as Workington did a week earlier!  

Much can happen over a week in football and that was never better illustrated than Reds’ fragile offering so soon after an impressive win of their own.  It isn’t easy dressing-up a 6-1 defeat and Grainger was struggling to analyse what he had witnessed in his post-match interview.

The goal-spree started in the sixth minute when Jamie Walker was invited to head home via the game’s first corner yet, either side of the opener, David Symington squandered the first two of a catalogue of opportunities.

Nathan Tyson was unlucky not to double the home side’s lead when his effort from an acute angle hit the foot of a post before Jim Atkinson saved well to thwart Jordan Hallam.

We then saw a wonder goal from Ross Burrows whose shot from fully forty yards left Atkinson somewhat bamboozled as the ball dipped and swerved on its way into the net.

Atkinson was left to his own devices once again this time saving from Connor Dixon before Jack Tolley’s follow-up effort hit the woodwork.

Then, as Workington were urging the referee to end their first half misery, Aidy Roxburgh reduced the arrears with a fine individual goal.  He went on a slalom-like run into the Ilkeston area and smashed home his first goal for the club in the forty-fifth minute.

Would that give yellow-shirted Reds the kick-up the backside they needed?

It certainly did…. for a few brief minutes after the restart.  Symington had two shots saved by Matthew Yates and Keelan Leslie saw another effort cleared off the line as a little flurry of activity gave the visitors hope.

But once they conceded the third, after being caught on the counter-attack, the flood-gates opened.  Hallam restored their two-goal advantage and was instrumental all afternoon for the hosts.

It became 4-1 soon after when Kieron Fenton’s goal-bound shot was deflected into the net off Declan Eratt-Thompson and the fifth for the hosts, ten minutes from time, summed up Workington’s calamitous afternoon.  Greg McCaragher’s back-pass to Atkinson was well short and Tyson nipped in to accept the gift.

There was still time for Walker to score a sixth as Workington’s attempts to play out from the back failed again and the player who started the scoring ended it in stoppage time.

Grainger, and many of the players who emerged from the away dressing room, apologised to the Reds supporters for having to endure such a performance which resulted in their heaviest reverse for four years.

Ilkeston Town: Yates, Barrows, Wilder, Eratt-Thomas, Cox, Fenton, Tolley (Hanson, 73), Dixon, Tyson (Alexander-Tucker, 83), Hallam (Hill, 79), Walker.  Substitutes – Christie, Woodward (not used).

Workington: Atkinson, Roxburgh (McCaragher, 59), Leslie (Bell, 79), Wordsworth, Wallbank, Casson (Rigg, 62), Symington, Carroll, Allison, Moore K, Hubbold.  Substitutes – Tait, Moore L (not used).

Referee: Sam Clayton, Rotherham

Bookings: Wilder, Eratt-Thompson, Tolley, Walker (Ilkeston Town), Wordsworth, Carroll (Workington)

Attendance: 687

Details

DateTimeLeagueSeasonFull Time
19/08/202315:00Northern Premier LeagueNPL Premier 23/2490'

Ground

New Manor Ground

Awsworth Road, Cotmanhay, Erewash, Derbyshire, England, DE7 8JS, United Kingdom

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Ilkeston246
Workington101

Ilkeston

1Matthew Yates Goalkeeper
2Ross Barrows Defender 24'
3Henri Wilder Defender 60'
4Declan Eratt-Thomas Defender 61'
57'
5Luke Cox Defender
6Kieran Fenton Defender
7Jack Tolley 12 Midfielder 66'
8Connor Dixon Midfielder
9Nathan Tyson 16 Forward 80'
10Jordan Hallam 15 Midfielder 58'
11Jamie Walker Midfielder 6', 90'
58'
12Jamie Hanson 7 Midfielder
14Eli Christie Defender
15Ethan Hill 10 Midfielder
16Tayo Alexander-Tucker 9 Forward
19Harvey Woodward Goalkeeper

Workington

1Jim Atkinson Goalkeeper
2Aidan Roxburgh 15 Defender 45'
3Keelan Leslie 14 Midfielder
4Dan Wordsworth Defender 30'
5Finlay Wallbank Defender
6Ceiran Casson 12 Midfielder
7Dav Symington Midfielder
8Bobby Carroll Midfielder 85'
9Scott Allison Forward
10Kofi Moore Midfielder
11Brad Hubbold Midfielder
12Steven Rigg 6 Forward
14Matty Bell 3 Defender
15Greg McCaragher 2 Midfielder
16Hayden Tait Defender
17Lewis Moore Midfielder
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