Recap

Northern Premier League NPL Premier 23/24

Borough ParkNew Bridge Road, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT

Workington AFC
Borough Park, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT
Atherton Collieries
Skuna Stadium Alder Street Atherton Manchester M46 9EY
2 - 3
Final Score
Steven Rigg - 1 (84')Jim Atkinson - 1 (90')
Dylan Thompson - 1 (30')Ethan Beckford - 1 (60')Oliver Putnam  - 1 (71')
Game Statistics
0 Yellow cards 0
0 Red cards 0
0 Corner Kick 0
0 Saves 0
0 Shots on Goal 0
0 Shots 0
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
Oliver Putnam 
16'
Dylan Thompson
30'
Bobby Carroll
45'
Conor Tinnion
45'
Ahmed Ali
45'
Steven Rigg
46'
Sam Hetherington
53'
Jordan Scanlon
55'
Ethan Beckford
60'
Lewis Reilly
66'
Teddy Mfuni
69'
Oliver Putnam 
71'
Conor Tinnion
84'
Steven Rigg
84'
Liam Sheppard
86'
Jim Atkinson
90'
Conor Tinnion
90'
FT

Recap

Danny Grainger was being lauded twelve months ago as the Workington manager guided the club to a deserved promotion via the play-offs.

But now a growing percentage of the fickle Borough Park support are suggesting he steps down now rather than the end of the month.

The Reds, all of a sudden, have lost their identity – on and off the pitch.  The manager is in turmoil, the players even more so and the supporters are becoming restless over a losing sequence stretching to four games or, to put a different spin on it, recording just four victories in the last twenty-five outings.

Yet having fulfilled his remit for the season, keeping Reds at Step 3, the manager surely deserves a little more respect than he is getting right now.

In one of the most demanding seasons in years, Grainger has overcome a never- ending list of challenges – injuries, departures, budget restraints, retirements and nearly forty players featuring on an ever-changing rota.  Hardly the facts to describe a steady, settled season.  

One would have thought he had ‘enough credit in the bank’ to avoid the criticism being hurled in his direction but the question has to be asked; why have the wheels fell off all of a sudden’?

We will all have answers or reasons, of course, but who can deliver a solution?

Atherton, like many teams we have faced, stayed in the game until Workington made a mistake…..and then pounced. 

Slack marking on the half hour mark enabled Dylan Thompson a free header, via a corner, and, for the fifth game in a row, Reds were behind. 

By the time we had got to the midway point of the second half, Colls – eight games without a win themselves – were three ahead.

Ethan Beckford had taken advantage of another piece of sloppy defending after an hour to waltz through and apply a composed finish before a sublime, deliberate shot from Oli Putnam ten minutes later sealed only their sixth win of the campaign.

Like Reds, Atherton don’t do ‘clean sheets’ so there was still hope for hopeless Workington.  All it needed was one goal to spark a reaction or some form of response.

And Conor Tinnion’s delivery from the left caused a bit of panic in Colls area when the ball cannoned off Tom Donaghy’s left hand post.  Steven Rigg pounced to drive home the rebound for his eleventh goal of the campaign.

All the crosses and deliveries from the flanks up to that point had been gobbled up by Donaghy or headed clear by the striped shirted defenders.

And, on another day, we would have gone overboard with the celebrations after Reds’ second goal when Jim Atkinson came up for a corner and headed firmly past his opposite number.

There was even one more chance after Jim’s moment of glory but Atherton avoided a total collapse and averted the danger to complete a memorable double over dispirited Reds.

Four games to go and restoring a modicum of pride is the only item on the agenda.     

Workington: Atkinson, McCaragher, Roxburgh (Reilly, 64), Little, Allan (Hetherington, 53), Casson, Symington, Carroll, Allison, Nelson (Rigg, 46), Tinnion.  Substitutes – Wallbank, Eccles (not used).

Atherton Collieries: Donaghy, Moonan, Thompson L, Ali, Evans, Thompson D, Rydel, Beckford (Mfuni, 69), Mansell (Putnam, 16), Scanlon, Lusiama (Sheppard, 86).  Substitute – Buckley (not used).

Referee: Scott Henry, Carlisle

Bookings: Carroll, Tinnion, Little (Workington), Thompson L, Ali, Scanlon (Atherton Collieries)

Attendance: 1,029

Jim Atkinson heads home Reds’ second. (Ben Challis)

 

 

Details

Date Time League Season Full Time
01/04/2024 15:00 Northern Premier League NPL Premier 23/24 90'

Ground

Borough Park

New Bridge Road, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Workington022
Atherton123

Workington

1Jim Atkinson Goalkeeper 90'
2Greg McCaragher Midfielder
3Aidan Roxburgh 16 Defender
4Jordan Little Defender
5Jake Allan 14 Midfielder
6Ceiran Casson Midfielder
7Dav Symington Midfielder
8Bobby Carroll Midfielder 45'
9Scott Allison Forward
10Kitt Nelson 15 Midfielder
11Conor Tinnion Midfielder 84', 90'
45'
12Finlay Wallbank Defender
14Sam Hetherington 5 Midfielder
15Steven Rigg 10 Forward 84'
16Lewis Reilly 3 Forward
21Danny Eccles Goalkeeper

Atherton

1Tom Donaghy Goalkeeper
2Dylan Moonan Midfielder
3Lewis Thompson Defender
4Ahmed Ali Midfielder 45'
5Jack Evans Defender
6Dylan Thompson Defender 30'
7Ben Rydel Midfielder
8Ethan Beckford 12 Forward 60'
9Lewis Mansell 14 Forward
10Jordan Scanlon Midfielder 55'
11Enock Lusiama 15 Forward
12Teddy Mfuni 8 Defender
13Jack Buckley Goalkeeper
14Oliver Putnam  9 Forward 71'
15Liam Sheppard 11 Forward
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