Recap

Northern Premier League NPL Premier 23/24

Giant Axe9 Hubert Pl, Lancaster LA1 5PF, UK

Lancaster City
Giant Axe West Road Lancaster Lancashire LA1 5PE
Workington AFC
Borough Park, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT
1 - 1
Final Score
Dominic Lawson - 1 (28')
Dav Symington - 1 (83')
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
Dominic Lawson
28'
Dav Symington
34'
Brad Carroll
40'
Steven Rigg
46'
Sam Hetherington
54'
Aidan Roxburgh
60'
Jake Connelly
67'
Lewis Reilly
81'
Dav Symington
83'
Conor Tinnion
83'
Edward Elewa-Ikpakwu
88'
FT

Recap

Backed by a huge travelling support, Reds put on a show at the Giant Axe, ‘winning on points’ in a full-blooded derby.

Once again, though, their efforts deserved more and they had to come from behind before registering their eleventh draw of the season.

There were plenty of familiar faces in the blue of City with former boss, Chris Willcock, naming six former Workington players on his team sheet.  But it was the current crop of heroes who emerged with the plaudits if not the three points!

One pointer to determine who might have been the better side could have been the contributions of the respective goalkeepers.  Jim Atkinson was certainly the less-busier of the two whilst Andre Mendes emerged as one of City’s heroes with a handful of fine saves.

And, apart from Dav Symington’s late equaliser, Reds managed to get the ball past Mendes on three other occasions but the ‘goals’ from Sam Smith, Scott Allison and Symington, were all disallowed for marginal offside scenarios.

Coincidentally, City had experienced similar misfortune in their previous outing but, like us, they had to accept the decisions without the VAR debate resurfacing.

Workington had gone close to opening the scoring when a fine Bobby Carroll strike was dealt with by the first of Mendes’ saves.

Then City cashed in, after twenty-eight minutes, when Greg McCaragher ‘shanked’ a routine clearance and the ball fell conveniently for Dominic Lawson who gratefully steadied himself before converting the gift.

Either side of Lawson’s opener, Reds were denied by two very tight calls for offside.

The third ‘goal’ to be disallowed, early in the second half, did appear to be a good decision.

City’s attacking options were few and far between in the second period as the weather worsened.  Jake Connelly squandered one half chance and then Nic Evangelinos broke clear and, uncharacteristically, miscued his shot when through on goal.  

Without a league goal in three league outings, Workington could have felt sorry for themselves but, instead, battled to the end.  They finally netted a goal that counted and were unfortunate not to grab a match-winning second.

Sheer determination played a part in the eighty-third minute leveller and culminated in top scorer, Symington, collecting the ball and converting from an acute angle, his twenty-first of the season.

A draw, after coming from behind, is always acceptable but it was the very least they deserved.  And one point almost became three with two late sorties into the City area. 

Steven Rigg, cutting in from the left, sent in a goal-bound shot which appeared to be heading for the bottom corner until Mendes intervened.  The Brazilian born ‘keeper then made an even better stop to thwart Jordan Little just seconds before the final whistle.

The search for that elusive win continues but, nevertheless, this was an excellent response to the poor result v. Bradford the previous week.     

Lancaster City: Mendes, Bailey S, Brownhill, Sloan, Barnes, Cowperthwaite, Evangelinos, Brad Carroll (Ikpakwu, 88), Lawson (Connelly, 67), Norris, Bailey C.  Substitutes – Clarke, Gallagher-Allison, Kilifin (not used).

Workington: Atkinson, McCaragher (Reilly, 81), Fitzpatrick (Roxburgh, 60), Little, Smith, Casson, Symington, Bobby Carroll (Rigg, 46), Allison, Hetherington, Tinnion.  Substitutes – Nelson, Wallbank (not used).

Referee: Andrew Daniels

Bookings: Brad Carroll (Lancaster City), Symington, Hetherington (Workington)

Attendance: 559

 

Details

DateTimeLeagueSeasonFull Time
17/02/202415:00Northern Premier LeagueNPL Premier 23/2490'

Ground

Giant Axe

9 Hubert Pl, Lancaster LA1 5PF, UK

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Lancaster101
Workington011

Lancaster

1Andre Filipe Da Silva Mendes Goalkeeper
2Sam Bailey Defender
3Kyle Brownhill Defender
4Christian Sloan Midfielder
5Charlie Barnes Defender
6Niall Cowperthwaite Midfielder
7Nic Evangelinos Midfielder
8Brad Carroll 15 Midfielder 40'
9Dominic Lawson 12 Forward 28'
10David Norris Midfielder
11Charlie Bailey Forward
12Jake Connelly 9 Midfielder
14Matty Clarke Defender
15Edward Elewa-Ikpakwu 8 Midfielder
16Calen Gallagher-Allison Defender
17Tom Kilifin Forward

Workington

1Jim Atkinson Goalkeeper
2Greg McCaragher 16 Midfielder
3Aran Fitzpatrick 12 Defender
4Jordan Little Defender
5Sam Smith Defender
6Ceiran Casson Midfielder
7Dav Symington Midfielder 83'
34'
8Bobby Carroll 17 Midfielder
9Scott Allison Forward
10Sam Hetherington Midfielder 54'
11Conor Tinnion Midfielder 83'
12Aidan Roxburgh 3 Defender
14Kitt Nelson Midfielder
15Finlay Wallbank Defender
16Lewis Reilly 2 Forward
17Steven Rigg 8 Forward
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