Northern Premier League NPL Premier 23/24

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

Workington AFC
Borough Park, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT
Matlock Town
Causeway Lane Matlock Derbyshire DE4 3AR
2 - 1
Final Score
Dav Symington - 1 (11')Sam Smith - 1 (36')
Ceiran Casson - 1 (77')
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
Dav Symington
Steven Rigg
Harry Wood
Sam Smith
Jake Allan
John Johnston
Ceiran Casson
John Johnston


Reds fans have been treated to a wonderful selection of goals this season but this wasn’t one of those occasions.

Indeed, all three scrappy goals were deflected into the Derwent End net via an opponent and, thankfully, two of them were in Workington’s favour, helping to finally register their first win of the calendar year.

Had the hosts converted even half of the chances created, we could have been celebrating our biggest win of the season.

Instead, we handed a poor Matlock side a lifeline and had to endure a nail-biting last quarter of an hour – so unnecessary.

Having dropped points from winning positions so many times this term it was a relief to get the job done.   

Two goals ahead by half time, and comfortably so, they should have put Martin Carruthers’ side to the sword but a combination of wonderful goalkeeping by the spritely veteran, Saul Deeney, and some woeful finishing kept the Reds’ faithful on tenterhooks.

The opener came after eleven minutes and was credited to talisman, Dav Symington.  He was released by the hard-working Steven Rigg down the inside right channel and, although the skipper didn’t connect properly, the ball deflected past Deeney for a fortunate first.  Symington’s new boots probably not as stunningly effective as the previous pair!

Scott Allison was unlucky not to double Reds’ advantage when his sweetly-hit left foot volley cannoned back off the upright and Jake Allan’s follow-up shot was deflected wide.  

The second, on thirty-six minutes, followed a corner and Sam Smith nudged the ball goalwards before Adam Yates touched the ball over the line.

Neither goal will feature in Workington’s ‘goal of the season debate’ at the end of term but could be crucially important as they aspire to put distance between themselves and the relegation zone.

For much of the second half, Town were on the back foot and seemingly content to let Deeney earn the plaudits as their man of the match.

The forty years old stopper denied Sam Hetherington, Rigg, Kitt Nelson on a couple of occasions and then frustrated Symington when an outstretched arm from the grounded ‘keeper denied Reds’ top scorer an unusual third goal.

When he was beaten by a Symington shot the ball struck the foot of his right-hand post and rebounded out of play.

And then from nowhere, the Gladiators were back in contention with a seventy-seventh minute response.

They had never posed a threat to Jim Atkinson so Workington gave them the proverbial ‘leg-up’.  John Johnston low cross into the area was converted into the net by Ceiran Casson’s sliding attempted clearance for an unwanted ‘first goal of the season’.

That made matters a little more interesting for the remaining minutes but didn’t detract from another excellent contribution from Reds’ anchorman.  He wasn’t alone, though, with the trio of teenagers, Aran Fitzpatrick, Jake Allan and Hetherington all enhancing their growing reputations whilst the older brigade – Messrs Little, Smith, Allison and Rigg – all put in a good shift.

And the daddy of them all, Town’s Deeney, was probably the pick for the visitors whilst their experienced front men, Scott Boden and Curtis Durose, toiled in vain.

To conclude on a statistical note: this was the fiftieth league meeting between the clubs and the sixteenth time the fixture has produced a 2-1 scoreline.

Thankfully, on this occasion, in Workington’s favour!               

Workington: Atkinson, McCaragher, Fitzpatrick (Roxburgh, 80), Little, Smith, Casson, Symington, Allan (Hubbold, 75), Rigg, Allison, Hetherington (Nelson, 61).  Substitutes – Wallbank, Reilly (not used).

Matlock Town: Deeney, Wilkinson (Moore, 87), West, Wood (Duhameau, 61), Yates, Evans, Johnston, Clark, Boden, Durose, McDonald (Armond, 61).  Substitutes – Crofts, Wright (not used).

Referee: Connor Scott

Bookings: Allan (Workington), Wood, Johnston (Matlock Town)

Attendance: 670



Date Time League Season Full Time
24/02/2024 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
2Greg McCaragher Midfielder
3Aran Fitzpatrick Defender
4Jordan Little Defender
5Sam Smith Defender 36'
6Ceiran Casson Midfielder 77'
7Dav Symington Midfielder 11'
8Jake Allan Midfielder 64'
9Steven Rigg Forward 11'
10Scott Allison Forward
11Sam Hetherington Midfielder
12Finlay Wallbank Defender
14Brad Hubbold Midfielder
15Aidan Roxburgh Defender
16Lewis Reilly Forward
17Kitt Nelson Midfielder


1Saul Deeney Goalkeeper
2George Wilkinson Defender
3Joe West Defender
4Harry Wood Midfielder 24'
5Adam Yates Defender
6Ioan Evans Defender
7John Johnston Midfielder 77'
8Ollie Clark Midfielder
9Scott Boden Forward
10Curtis Durose Midfielder
11Kornell McDonald Defender
12Alex Duhameau Midfielder
14Finlay Armond Midfielder
15Callum Moore Midfielder
16Nathaniel Crofts Midfielder
17Myles Wright Goalkeeper
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