Northern Premier League NPL Premier 23/24

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

Workington AFC
Borough Park, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT
Basford United
Greenwich Avenue Basford Nottingham NG6 0LD
5 - 3
Final Score
Brad Hubbold - 1 (37')Dav Symington - 2 (45', 77')Kofi Moore - 2 (70', 90')
Joshiah Dyer - 1 (59')Charlie Wakefield - 1 (65')Jack Thomas - 1 (80')
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
Pass Accuracy
Shot Accuracy
Pass Accuracy
Shot Accuracy
Game Timeline
Steven Rigg
Brad Hubbold
Conor Tinnion
Jean Claude Makiessi Tsibi
Dav Symington
Greg McCaragher
Charlie Wakefield
Jack Thomas
Joshiah Dyer
Charlie Wakefield
Kofi Moore
Conor Tinnion
Kofi Moore
Brodie Litchfield
Finlay Wallbank
Dav Symington
Jack Thomas
Lewis Moore
Conor Tinnion
Kofi Moore


If you enjoy high-scoring matches, following Workington will guarantee plenty of goals – for and against!

Their seven pre-season games produced an aggregate of thirty-three with thirty-four netted in the opening seven league fixtures, plus a further half dozen in the one cup tie to date.

The entertainment continued in the intense heat and the last thing Basford wanted after their protracted journey north, was a hungry Workington team keen to improve their goal difference.  It is still in the negative but the points on offer were far more important than goal ratios at this early stage of the season. 

They were good value for their two-goal interval lead and a dominant first half performance left manager Danny Grainger rueing the half time interval – “We weren’t quite the same afterwards and gave them a ‘leg-up’ back into the game.”

Similarly, experienced Basford boss, Steve Kittrick, blamed a second half drinks break for disrupting his side’s momentum after they had fought back to level matters at 2-2.

And in a topsy-turvy final twenty minutes, the hosts obtained the goals which secured the victory they deserved.

Grainger, who gave up on the idea of fielding an unchanged team in consecutive matches a long time ago, introduced Niall Brookwell to the line-up and an impressive debut from the former Liverpool and Newcastle United graduate lifted some of the injury negativity.

Lewis Reilly has already missed a huge chunk of the season through a hamstring problem but will miss more games following an ankle injury after what looked an accidental collision with United skipper, Dom Roma.

His eighteenth minute replacement, Steven Rigg, deputised superbly and led the line well without getting the goal he probably deserved.

The two-goal cushion came from goals after thirty-seven and forty-five minutes through Brad Hubbold and David Symington respectively.

Hubbold, with his less favoured right foot, drove home his first league goal in twenty months after a good passage of attacking play down the right culminated in a bit of panic from the amber shirted defenders.  

And the advantage was doubled on the stroke of half time when Symington despatched a typical twenty-yarder past United’s debutant ‘keeper, Louie Turner.

In between, Rigg went close on two occasions with well-directed headers, the second of which rebounding off the foot of the post.

Symington squandered Reds’ first three chances after the restart, the first two narrowly missing the target and the third crashing into the side netting after Rigg had provided the assist.

At the other end, the Nottingham side were getting a foothold in the game and an excellent Greg McCaragher block prevented them reducing the arrears.

But that only delayed the inevitable and the visitors did reduce the deficit with a scruffy effort, following a corner, on the hour mark. Josh Dyer was credited with the goal which seemed to cross the line through a forest of legs.

There was more quality in their second goal with substitute Charlie Wakefield finding the target with a good strike from the edge of the area.

Fortunately, Workington did not have to dwell too long on throwing away a two-goal lead as they restored a narrow advantage within a minute.

Rigg done the spadework, Conor Tinnion’s flicked header provide the assist and Kofi Moore blasted home a stunning shot on the volley soon after being introduced to the game via the bench.

And when Finlay Wallbank’s meandering run deep into Basford territory created a fourth for Reds, Symington blasting home his second of the afternoon, the points seemed secure.  Not quite!

Basford netted the seventh of this late summer goal spree to set-up a nervous last ten minutes for the nail-biting home fans.

Kofi Moore scores

Photo credit: @40/20pix

But it was Workington who scored the final goal in the ninetieth minute, plus, with Kofi Moore’s pace proving crucial as he raced away from his tiring opponents.  He chased Tinnion’s ‘’ave it’ clearance, glided into the area and finished with aplomb to net his third goal of the season – all of them in the spectacular category.

It was the right result, and most welcome, but credit to Basford who certainly made Workington work for the win.                              

Workington: Atkinson, Wallbank, Leslie, Wordsworth, Smith, Brookwell (Kofi Moore, 66), Symington, McCaragher, Reilly (Rigg, 18), Hubbold (Lewis Moore, 85), Tinnion.  Substitute: Tait (not used).

Basford United: Turner, Roma, Angell, Makiessi, Carr, Goundry, Bowman (Wakefield, 46), Cartwright (Thomas, 55), Campbell (Dacres, 77), Dyer, Litchfield.  Substitutes – Dearle, Ritzema (not used).

Referee: Chris Porter, Preston

Bookings: Makiessi, Litchfield

Attendance: 713



Date Time League Season Full Time
09/09/2023 15:00 Northern Premier League NPL Premier 23/24 90'


Borough Park

New Bridge Road, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals


1Jim Atkinson Goalkeeper
2Finlay Wallbank Defender 77'
3Keelan Leslie Midfielder
4Dan Wordsworth Defender
5Sam Smith Defender
6Niall Brookwell 15 Midfielder
7Dav Symington Midfielder 45', 77'
8Greg McCaragher Midfielder 45'
9Lewis Reilly 16 Forward
10Brad Hubbold 14 Midfielder 37'
11Conor Tinnion Midfielder 37', 70', 90'
12Hayden Tait Defender
14Lewis Moore 10 Midfielder
15Kofi Moore 6 Midfielder 70', 90'
16Steven Rigg 9 Forward


1Louie Turner Goalkeeper
2Dominic Roma Defender
3Thomas Angell Defender
4Jean Claude Makiessi Tsibi Midfielder 39'
5Lewis Carr Defender
6Jaz Goundry Defender
7Matthew Bowman 12 Midfielder
8Ethan Cartwright 15 Midfielder
9Remaye Campbell Forward
10Joshiah Dyer Forward 59'
11Brodie Litchfield Forward 72'
12Charlie Wakefield 7 Midfielder 65'
14Peter Dearle Defender
15Jack Thomas 8 Midfielder 80'
16Tyler Dacres Forward
17Toby Ritzema Midfielder
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