Recap

Northern Premier League NPL Premier 23/24

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

Workington AFC
Borough Park, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT
Bamber Bridge
Brownedge Road Bamber Bridge, Preston Lancashire PR5 6UX
2 - 2
Final Score
Dav Symington - 2 (27', 53')
Ewan Bange - 1 (63')Danny Forbes - 1 (70')
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
Dav Symington
27'
Niall Brookwell
32'
Danny Forbes
46'
Dav Symington
53'
Danny Forbes
53'
Macauley Wilson
56'
Connor Pani
63'
Ewan Bange
63'
Joseph Strawn
67'
Danny Forbes
70'
Scott Allison
74'
Mark Cullen
79'
Finlay Wallbank
83'
FT

Recap

Christmas is well behind us for another year but Workington are sill handing out presents with Bamber Bridge the recipients of two gift-wrapped goals, and a point, from another thoroughly entertaining contest at Borough Park.

Reds’ record on the first day of a new year has been disappointing in recent times but it looked as though matters were about to improve as two wonder goals from skipper, Dav Symington, had established a deserved two goal lead.

But a soft penalty handed Jamie Milligan’s side a life-line and they recovered to draw for the eleventh time this season, whilst Reds had to settle for a point for the seventh time in their nine most recent outings.

It left Danny Grainger very frustrated in his post-match interviews as he and assistant, Terry Mitchell, cannot eradicate the defensive frailties which are proving very costly in their first season back in the Premier Division.

The hope is that these recurring problems at the back will ease once they can field a settled defensive unit but it remains a case of square pegs in round holes for the time being.

Brad Hubbold was deployed in a left back role on this occasion, and did very well under the circumstances, but another of the more established defenders, Jordan Little, hobbled off the pitch half an hour in.

Not only is it a different permutation every game, it is becoming so once or twice during the ninety minutes.  

No such problems in the attacking third of the pitch with free-scoring Workington creating loads of chances and converting plenty each game, yet not enough to win it would seem! 

Symington had netted Reds’ final goal of the old year and was the first to get his name on the score sheet in 2024, giving Reds a twenty-seventh minute advantage in typical bullish fashion.  He had been forced out wide but was still able to steer a shot across goal into the opposite corner of James Pradic’s net.

His second was another free-kick special, his eleventh competitive goal from the twenty to thirty yards bracket, doubling the home side’s advantage eight minutes into the second half.

In between those two stunning goals, he had rattled Pradic’s left hand upright with another thumping shot from outside the box.

But, and there always seems to be a ‘but’ when Reds are in action, it only takes one goal to change the complexion of a game.  Connor Pani had looked a class act for the first hour of the contest but he got himself in a bit of a tangle in the sixty-third minute.

His original back-pass to Jim Atkinson was well short and the defender was forced to trip Ewan Bange to prevent the centre forward from scoring in open play.  Bange took the penalty himself and converted with ‘Brig’, seemingly out of the contest, definitely back in it.

They equalised with another scrappy goal after seventy minutes with two or three mistakes from Reds in the build-up, culminating in Danny Forbes converting from close range.  Harry Scarborough’s original shot rebounded across the face of the goal via an upright and Forbes was in the right place to capitalise.

At that moment, the visitors might have been slight favourites to go on and win but Workington rallied and finished the stronger without looking composed enough to fashion a winner.

Ceiran Casson, Symington and Hubbold were probably Reds’ best on an afternoon when some were a bit below par whilst ‘Brig were well served by the outstanding Macauley Wilson and Pradic.

The bonus for Reds was getting minutes out of two of their defenders returning from injury – Finlay Wallbank and Niall Brookwell – so some relief, perhaps, for the manager!  

Workington: Atkinson, McCaragher, Hetherington (Allison, 74), Little (Brookwell, 32), Pani, Casson, Symington, Hubbold, Rigg, Carroll (Wallbank, 83), Nelson.  Substitutes – Francis, Eccles (not used).

Bamber Bridge: Pradic, Churchman, Dodd, Baxter, Wilson, Toure, Edwards, Bould (Forbes, 46), Bange (Cullen, 79), Scarborough, O’Neill (Strawn, 67).  Substitutes – Sinclair, Adubofour (not used).

Referee: Curtis Wood, Lancaster

Bookings: Pani (Workington), Wilson, Bange and Forbes (Bamber Bridge)

Attendance: 830

Details

DateTimeLeagueSeasonFull Time
01/01/202415:00Northern Premier LeagueNPL Premier 23/2490'

Ground

Borough Park

New Bridge Road, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Workington112
Bamber Bridge022

Workington

1Jim Atkinson Goalkeeper
2Greg McCaragher Midfielder
3Sam Hetherington 16 Midfielder
4Jordan Little 14 Defender
5Connor Pani Midfielder 63'
6Ceiran Casson Midfielder
7Dav Symington Midfielder 27', 53'
8Brad Hubbold Midfielder
9Steven Rigg Forward
10Bobby Carroll 12 Midfielder
11Kitt Nelson Midfielder
12Finlay Wallbank 10 Defender
14Niall Brookwell 4 Midfielder
15Dannen Francis Midfielder
16Scott Allison 3 Forward
21Danny Eccles Goalkeeper

Bamber Bridge

1James Pradic Goalkeeper
2Chris Churchman Midfielder
3Adam Dodd Defender
4Jack Baxter Midfielder
5Macauley Wilson Defender 56'
6Lamine Toure Defender
7Daniel Edwards Midfielder
8Billy Bould 14 Forward
9Ewan Bange 12 Forward 63'
10Harry Scarborough Forward
11MacKenzie O’Neill 15 Forward
12Mark Cullen 9 Forward
14Danny Forbes 8 Midfielder 70'
53'
15Joseph Strawn 11 Midfielder
16Sky Sinclair Defender
17Jeff Adubofour Midfielder
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