Recap

Northern Premier League NPL Premier 23/24

Causeway Lane38 Causeway Ln, Matlock DE4 3AR, UK

Matlock Town
Causeway Lane Matlock Derbyshire DE4 3AR
Workington AFC
Borough Park, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT
2 - 2
Final Score
Joshua Barnes - 1 (17')Jonathon Margetts - 1 (57')
Dav Symington - 1 (72')Greg McCaragher - 1 (80')
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
Jonathon Margetts
17'
Joshua Barnes
17'
Finlay Armond
39'
John Johnston
57'
Jonathon Margetts
57'
Joe West
61'
Dav Symington
61'
Kofi Moore
61'
Dav Symington
72'
Greg McCaragher
74'
Harry Wakefield
76'
John Johnston
77'
Finlay Wallbank
80'
Greg McCaragher
80'
Ollie Clark
82'
Jonathon Margetts
88'
FT

Recap

A first draw of the season for Danny Grainger’s well-travelled side ended a tough week with a welcome point.

The manager admitted his team looked weary during the early stages of this game and it was an insipid-sort of performance which lacked the usual conviction and tempo.

And when they went two down just before the hour mark it looked as though they were heading for defeat – like they have many times before in their twenty-six visits to Causeway Lane.

Somehow, though, they got back into the game and found a rhythm that was lacking earlier. They looked better on the ball and started creating chances and Matlock, who must have thought they were heading towards a straightforward victory, were probably happy with the point by the end.

That said, they came tantalisingly close to winning the game in the final few seconds so they may feel it was a case of two points dropped. For yellow-shirted Reds, it was definitely one gained.

After the demanding midweek game at Warrington, the manager had to go into battle without ‘warhorse’, Dan Wordsworth, handing a debut to Argentinian Gabriel Rios Newton as his replacement.

He paired up with Reds’ other emergency centre-half, Niall Brookwell, and the newly assembled defensive pairing performed well under the circumstances.

A penalty saved in the sixth minute by Town’s Saul Deeney didn’t help matters from a Reds perspective. Skipper Conor Tinnion, still to register his first goal of the season, stepped up to take the spot-kick after Steven Rigg had been tripped just inside the area. But his tamely hit effort was smothered by the veteran ‘keeper and The Gladiators took advantage of the reprieve.

They went ahead after seventeen minutes when Finlay Armond’s pass split Reds defence and Josh Barnes cantered through and netted with a fine finish.

The half time deficit might have been more had Jim Atkinson not grabbed a Jonny Margetts effort on the goal line then made a decent save from the same player towards the interval.

Other than the penalty save, Deeney was almost reduced to the role of spectator with Reds hardly troubling the home stopper.

A free kick from Tinnion, which narrowly missed the target, was a rare effort at goal from the visitors.
And when the hosts doubled their advantage twelve minutes into the second period, not many would have backed a Cumbrian revival.

Margetts met John Johnston’s low cross at the near post to steer home and a two-goal advantage seemed a good position to be in.

Grainger introduced two of his ‘less than 100% fit’ attackers, David Symington and Kofi Moore and the pair helped changed the game.

Brookwell’s surging run deep into Matlock territory earned Reds a free-kick, just a couple of yards outside the box. Symington could almost be seen licking his lips in anticipation.

The NPL’s equivalent to the Premier League’s Beckham or Ward-Prowse, did it again from twenty plus yards – a sublime finish which left Deeney helpless.

All of a sudden it was a different game and Workington looked a threat going forward.

They pieced together their best move of the match in the eightieth minute when Finlay Wallbank and Moore linked well down the right. Moore’s cross into the box was guided home by Greg McCaragher for an equaliser wildly celebrated by the small contingent of Workington supporters.

All three substitutes had contributed to Reds’ unlikely comeback.

Even then, Town could have won an entertaining contest. Atkinson made a fantastic save to turn Barnes’ shot onto his right-hand post then, with the last kick of the game, Johnston hurried his shot and the ball hit the bar and bounced over.

The relief and despair, in the respective camps, was tangible.

 

Matlock Town: Deeney, Sharman, West, Wright (Wakefield, 76), Evans, Wilkinson, Johnston, Wood, Armond (Clark, 82), Margetts, Barnes. Substitutes – McNicholas, Duhameau, Crofts (not used).

Workington: Atkinson, Wallbank, Leslie, Newton (Moore K, 61), Brookwell, Casson, Nelson (Symington, 61), Hubbold, Rigg, Allison (McCaragher, 74), Tinnion. Substitutes – Hammell, Bell (not used).

Referee: Jake Allsop, Birmingham

Bookings: Armond, West, Johnston, Margetts (Matlock Town)

Attendance: 898

Photographs: Adrian Booth

 

Details

DateTimeLeagueSeasonFull Time
14/10/202315:00Northern Premier LeagueNPL Premier 23/2490'

Ground

Causeway Lane

38 Causeway Ln, Matlock DE4 3AR, UK

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Matlock112
Workington022

Matlock

1Saul Deeney Goalkeeper
2Jamie Sharman Defender
3Joe West Defender 61'
4Andrew Wright 12 Midfielder
5Ioan Evans Defender
6George Wilkinson Defender
7John Johnston Midfielder 57'
77'
8Harry Wood Midfielder
9Finlay Armond 14 Midfielder 39'
10Jonathon Margetts Forward 57'
17'
88'
11Joshua Barnes Midfielder 17'
12Harry Wakefield 4 Forward
14Ollie Clark 9 Midfielder
15Robbie McNicholas Defender
16Alex Duhameau Midfielder
17Nathaniel Crofts Midfielder

Workington

1Jim Atkinson Goalkeeper
2Finlay Wallbank Defender 80'
3Keelan Leslie Midfielder
4Gabriel Rios Newton 15 Defender
5Niall Brookwell Midfielder
6Ceiran Casson Midfielder
7Kitt Nelson 14 Midfielder
8Brad Hubbold Midfielder
9Steven Rigg Forward
10Scott Allison 12 Forward
11Conor Tinnion Midfielder
12Greg McCaragher 10 Midfielder 80'
14Dav Symington 7 Midfielder 72'
15Kofi Moore 4 Midfielder
16Connor Hammell Midfielder
17Matty Bell Defender
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