Recap

Northern Premier League NPL Premier 23/24

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

Workington AFC
Borough Park, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT
Ilkeston Town
New Manor Ground Awsworth Road Ilkeston Derbyshire DE7 8JF
4 - 1
Final Score
Dav Symington - 1 (32')Steven Rigg - 1 (55')Kitt Nelson - 1 (72')Dannen Francis - 1 (90')
Luke Cox - 1 (5')
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
Luke Cox
5'
Jamie Walker
5'
Jordan Little
20'
Ceiran Casson
32'
Dav Symington
32'
Greg McCaragher
55'
Steven Rigg
55'
Micah Jebbison
62'
Liam Laughlan
62'
Tyrell Waite
62'
Brad Hubbold
64'
Micah Jebbison
69'
Kitt Nelson
72'
Brad Hubbold
72'
Dannen Francis
80'
Sam Parker
85'
Sam Parker
86'
Dav Symington
90'
Dannen Francis
90'
FT

Recap

A wonderful end to what has been a magnificent year, with Workington emerging impressive winners in the last action of 2023 at Borough Park.

They turned on the style and delivered the Christmas gift all Reds supporters wanted – three points – with Santa Grainger delighted to end that record sequence of draws with a convincing victory.

The Reds boss again made changes with full debuts handed to Sam Hetherington and Connor Pani, on loan from Carlisle United and Gateshead respectively.  Both created an impression as they produced excellent contributions in an outstanding team performance.

Yet, Workington had to come from behind after conceding a sloppy goal after five minutes.  They seemed a bit flat-footed when the Derbyshire side took the lead, via the game’s first corner, allowing Luke Cox to head home at the far post with the ball looping in to the net, almost in slow motion.

The response was positive and a good tempo suggested the hosts would soon be back in contention.  But chances came and went and they didn’t equalise until the half hour mark.

When the Cumbrian Reds eventually restored parity, it was another Dav Symington special to celebrate.  The outstanding Ceiran Casson did the spadework on the left, first of all winning the ball then rolling it square to the skipper and he got beyond the defender and found the net with his fourteenth goal of the season.

Earlier, he almost scored with a rare header via a Kitt Nelson assist and was even closer with an audacious sixty yarder from deep in his own half.  Matt Yates was backpedalling and in danger of serious embarrassment as the ball missed the target by inches. 

Town had been outplayed after going in front but they started the second half with a little flurry of activity suggesting they were up for the fight.  It was short-lived, though, and when the hosts went in front for the first time there seemed a touch of inevitability about the outcome.

Greg McCaragher, who had his best game in a red shirt, created Workington’s second goal of the afternoon.  Receiving a long ball down the right flank, a clever first touch took him away from the defender and his teasing low cross into the area was met by Steven Rigg who confidently converted his tenth goal of the season from close range.

It was game over in the seventy-second minute when Nelson scored the third.  Brad Hubbold, who got married between the Macclesfield and Ilkeston home games, sliced open the Ilkeston defence and Nelson was able to steer the ball into the net.

In a like-for-like replacement, Dannen Francis was introduced to the game in place of Nelson and he capped a great afternoon for the hosts when he netted his first Borough Park goal.  Clever play down the right and then on the goal line from Symington created the opportunity for Francis who gleefully converted the fourth goal from five yards out.

A frustrating afternoon for the visitors was compounded by the dismissal of Sam Parker.  He had been yellow-carded a minute earlier for a series of fouls then got involved in a bit of play-acting with Symington, raised a hand to the latter’s face and, on the intervention of the assistant referee, got his second yellow and off he went. 

The win extended Reds’ unbeaten run to eight matches and avenged that heavy defeat at the New Manor Ground back in August.

Workington: Atkinson, McCaragher, Bunney, Pani, Brookwell (Little, 20), Casson, Symington, Hetherington (Hubbold, 64), Rigg, Carroll, Nelson (Francis, 80).  Substitutes – Allison, Eccles (not used).

Ilkeston Town: Yates, King, Parker, Marshall T (Eratt-Thompson K, 62), Perch, Cox, Starkie, Dixon, Marshall A (Jebbison, 62), Eratt-Thompson D (Laughlan 62), Walker.  Substitutes – Minkley, Waite (not used).

Referee: Glen Hart, Darlington

Bookings: Parker, Jebbison (Ilkeston Town)

Red card: Parker (two yellows)

Attendance: 826

 

Details

DateTimeLeagueSeasonFull Time
23/12/202315:00Northern Premier LeagueNPL Premier 23/2490'

Ground

Borough Park

New Bridge Road, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Workington134
Ilkeston101

Workington

1Jim Atkinson Goalkeeper
2Greg McCaragher Midfielder 55'
3Joe Bunney Defender
4Connor Pani Midfielder
5Niall Brookwell 16 Midfielder
6Ceiran Casson Midfielder 32'
7Dav Symington Midfielder 32'
90'
8Sam Hetherington 15 Midfielder
9Steven Rigg Forward 55'
10Bobby Carroll Midfielder
11Kitt Nelson 12 Midfielder 72'
12Dannen Francis 11 Midfielder 90'
14Scott Allison Forward
15Brad Hubbold 8 Midfielder 72'
16Jordan Little 5 Defender
21Danny Eccles Goalkeeper

Ilkeston

1Matthew Yates Goalkeeper
2Larell King Defender
3Sam Parker Defender 85'
86'
4Tom Marshall 16 Defender
5James Perch Defender
6Luke Cox Defender 5'
7Ben Starkie Midfielder
8Connor Dixon Midfielder
9Alex Marshall 14 Forward
10Declan Eratt-Thomas 17 Defender
11Jamie Walker Midfielder 5'
12Callum Minkley Defender
14Micah Jebbison 9 Forward 69'
15Kobe Erratt-Thompson Midfielder
16Liam Laughlan 4 Midfielder
17Tyrell Waite 10 Forward
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