Northern Premier League NPL Premier 23/24

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

Workington AFC
Borough Park, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT
Guiseley AFC
Nethermoor Park Otley Road Guiseley Leeds LS20 8BT
2 - 1
Final Score
Steven Rigg - 1 (42')Sam Smith - 1 (90')
Reece Kendall - 1 (72')
Game Statistics
0Yellow cards0
0Red cards0
0Corner Kick0
0Shots on Goal0
Pass Accuracy
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Game Timeline
Dav Symington
Dav Symington
Steven Rigg
Michael Afuye
Luke Partington
Scott Allison
Brad Hubbold
Reece Kendall
Adam Dawson
Kofi Moore
Lewis Reilly
Sam Christian
Sam Smith
Dav Symington


Whoever wrote the script for this ‘end of an era game’ at Borough Park, take a bow.  It was so fitting that there was a happy ending for the quartet of departing Reds’ heroes.

It was Danny Grainger’s last game in charge after four superb seasons at the helm on a day when Messrs Tinnion, Allison and Smith had pulled on a Workington shirt for the final time.

And it was Sam Smith who headed home a ninetieth minute winner for the hosts, shortly after Conor Tinnion and Scott Allison had left the field to a standing ovation in pre-planned substitutions.

There wasn’t a dry eye amongst the 900 strong crowd as we said a fond farewell to four great servants of this much-loved club.

In typical Workington fashion, I suppose, they had ‘won’ the game in a dominant first half, allowed Guiseley to get back in contention after taking the foot of the accelerator then finished strongly to bank three welcome points and end a seven-match losing streak.

It was a ’dead-rubber’ game with neither side having anything to play for but it was important that the hosts did put on a show with personal pride at stake.

And from the moment Allison blasted the ball into the side netting when, perhaps, he should have scored, Workington were in control.

A Greg McCaragher shot on the turn was also close to opening the scoring before, following a quick Steven Rigg throw-in, Ollie Battersby saved smartly to thwart Dav Symington.

Smith had an effort cleared off the line and Jake Allan’s follow-up shot was saved by Battersby before Symington had two further efforts at goal – the first one saved, the second wide of the target.

But the breakthrough came in the forty-second minute.  Symington crossed from the right and Rigg rose high with his marker but won the ball and headed home his twelfth goal of the season.

All that happened before Guiseley landed their first serious shot on target, although Adam Dawson’s effort didn’t really trouble Jim Atkinson.

The half time break didn’t do Workington any favours and the tempo wasn’t quite the same after the restart.  Guiseley had introduced two substitutes and, without creating a great deal in terms of clear-cut opportunities, certainly saw more of the ball.

Symington had gone close to adding to the score when a well struck effort was pushed onto the post by Battersby but, at the other end, Jameel Ible headed a decent chance wide.

Guiseley gave their ‘Hawaiian’ dressed supporters a ray of sunshine with a fine headed equaliser from Reece Kendall.  He climbed high at the back post to meet Dawson’s corner and his thumping header flew into Atkinson’s net.

And that seemed to be the end of the scoring as a draw looked the most likely outcome.  

First Tinnion, and then Allison, left the field for the final time after fourteen and eleven seasons respectively and Guiseley, sportingly, played their part in the scripted scenario.  By then, Kofi Moore – who had started the season as colleagues of the departing duo – was on as a substitute for the Yorkshire outfit.

Then came the fairytale ending with Smith, still unsure about his future a week ago, signing off in style.  Like Kendall had done earlier, he powered in a far-post header to end his career in style by scoring the winning goal with almost his last touch of the ball.

It was a fantastic send off for the Grainger, Tinnion, Allison and Smith families – an abundance of smiles but, I suspect, plenty of tears too.

A big thank-you to them all.            

Workington: Atkinson, McCaragher, Wallbank, Little, Smith, Casson, Symington, Allan (Hubbold, 69), Allison (Christian, 89), Rigg, Tinnion (Reilly, 82).  Substitutes – Walker, Eccles (not used).

Guisesly: Battersby, Brown (Partington, 46), Kendall, Whelan, Ashman, Ible, Dawson, Chippendale, Denton (Afuye, 46), Pratt, Murphy (Moore, 77).  Substitutes – Mariette, Tongue (not used).

Referee: Curtis Wood, Lancaster

Bookings: Symington, Allison (Workington)

Attendance: 912


Scotty, Tinner & Sam

Photo: Ben Challis


DateTimeLeagueSeasonFull Time
27/04/202415:00Northern Premier LeagueNPL Premier 23/2490'


Borough Park

New Bridge Road, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals


1Jim Atkinson Goalkeeper
2Greg McCaragher Midfielder
3Finlay Wallbank Defender
4Jordan Little Defender
5Sam Smith Defender 90'
6Ceiran Casson Midfielder
7Dav Symington Midfielder 42', 90'
8Jake Allan 12 Midfielder
9Scott Allison 14 Forward 60'
10Steven Rigg Forward 42'
11Conor Tinnion 16 Midfielder
12Brad Hubbold 8 Midfielder
14Sam Christian 9 Forward
15Zak Walker Defender
16Lewis Reilly 11 Forward
21Danny Eccles Goalkeeper


1Oliver Battersby Goalkeeper
2Ollie Brown 16 Defender
3Reece Kendall Defender 72'
4Leigh Whelan Defender
5Josh Ashman Defender
6Jameel Ible Defender
7Adam Dawson Midfielder 72'
8Callum Chippendale Midfielder
9Tom Denton 14 Forward
10Tom Pratt Forward
11Kallan Murphy 15 Forward
12Luke Mariette Midfielder
14Michael Afuye 9 Midfielder
15Kofi Moore 11 Midfielder
16Luke Partington 2 Defender
17Liam Tongue Midfielder
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