Recap

Northern Premier League NPL Premier 23/24

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

Workington AFC
Borough Park, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT
Morpeth Town
Craik Park, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 2YX
2 - 2
Final Score
Dav Symington - 1 (55')Finlay Wallbank - 1 (70')
Nic Bollado - 1 (2')Sam Hodgson - 1 (58')
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
Nic Bollado
2'
Andrew Johnson
2'
Daniel Barlow
30'
Camron Gbadebo
48'
Scott Allison
54'
Dav Symington
55'
Jamie Devitt
55'
Sam Hodgson
58'
Bobby Carroll
59'
Finlay Wallbank
70'
Joe Bunney
76'
Conor Tinnion
79'
Joe Bunney
84'
William Dowling
88'
Steven Rigg
90'
Matthew Griggs
90'
FT

Recap

Workington missed an opportunity to leapfrog their north east rivals in the Premier Division standings, having to settle for a point in atrocious conditions at Borough Park.

Below strength Town had several key players absence for one reason or another, but twice took the lead, and would be far happier with the outcome than Reds who continue to shoot themselves in the foot defensively.

And three red cards against Workington personnel compounded a frustrating afternoon.  Joe Bunney picked up two yellow cards and was sent off with a few minutes to go – an automatic one match ban for him – but there were more shenanigans after the final whistle when David Symington and manager, Danny Grainger, got involved in an incident with referee, Chris Ellis, and both face the likelihood of a severe punishment. 

The club will have to assess the referee’s version of a bizarre incident then study the video footage before deciding if an appeal is justified.

The long-awaited home coming hadn’t gone to plan at all.  Seven weeks away from basecamp was greeted with appalling weather and the lowest crowd of the season had to witness both teams battling the elements as much as their opponents. 

Considering the conditions, both teams deserve a pat on the back for attempting to serve up some entertainment yet Workington’s three home debutants – Bunney, Dannen Francis and Camron Gbadebo – must have been wondering what they had committed to.

Morpeth were first to the ball in the early stages and caught Reds off guard inside two minutes.  Andrew Johnson was given too much time and space on the flank and his assist was bundled home at the far post by Nic Bollado.

The latter, who had already appeared at Borough Park this season, was denied a spectacular second goal when an acrobatic volley was disallowed because of an offside scenario.

Workington, took a while to find the right gear but, once they got going, they found Dan Lowson in good form.  He made two fine saves to thwart well-struck Symington efforts but wasn’t needed to deal with wayward efforts from Kitt Nelson and Jamie Devitt.

Devitt saw one effort strike the crossbar but it was irrelevant anyway because the assistant referee had spotted an offside situation.

The rumour at half time was that the referee was contemplating abandoning the game.  If that was the case, he made the right decision to continue.

Reds certainly started the second half better than the first and were level after fifty-five minutes.  Devitt, probably Reds best player in the first half, sliced open the Morpeth back line with a sublime pass and Symington defied the coaching manual by going near post rather than far.  His shot deceived Lowson as it entered the net beneath the angle of crossbar and upright.

The next two goals were weather related and I doubt either would have been scored in normal conditions.

Town restored their lead less than three minutes after Symington’s equaliser to nip a home comeback in the bud.  Daniel Barlow’s wind assisted long ball tempted Reds’ keeper, Danny Eccles, to come off his line but he slipped before he got to the ball and Sam Hodgson had the simple task of guiding the ball into the vacant net.

At least Hodgson’s effort was a genuine attempt at goal but Workington’s second leveller was a cross which got caught in the swirling wind and sailed over Lowson into the net.  Finlay Wallbank will quickly forget the embarrassment as it brought him his first goal for the club in the seventieth minute.

A point apiece at that stage was probably a fair reflection – Workington played the better football and created more chances but Morpeth showed dogged resilience and always threatened on the rare counter-attack.

And it was Lowson who preserved the point with another important save.  Nial Brookwell’s shot on the turn deserved a goal but the reliable Town stopper smothered the ball and, in fairness, neither side did enough to win yet neither deserved to lose.     

Workington: Eccles, Wallbank (Tinnion, 79), Bunney, Gbadebo, Brookwell, Hubbold, Symington, Devitt (Carroll, 59), Rigg, Francis (Allison, 54), Nelson.  Substitutes – Smith, McCaragher (not used).

Morpeth Town: Lowson, Robson, Reid, Jenkins, Wombwell, Turner, Bollado (Griggs, 90), Donaldson (Dowling, 88), Hodgson, Barlow, Johnson.  Substitute – Boyd (not used).

Referee: Chris Ellis

Bookings: Bunney, Gbadebo, Rigg (Workington), Barlow (Morpeth Town)

Red cards: Bunney (two yellows), Rigg (two yellows), Grainger (Workington)

Attendance: 502

 

Details

DateTimeLeagueSeasonFull Time
09/12/202315:00Northern Premier LeagueNPL Premier 23/2490'

Ground

Borough Park

New Bridge Road, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Workington022
Morpeth112

Workington

1Danny Eccles Goalkeeper
2Finlay Wallbank 15 Defender 70'
3Joe Bunney Defender 76'
84'
4Camron Gbadebo Defender 48'
5Niall Brookwell Midfielder
6Brad Hubbold Midfielder
7Dav Symington Midfielder 55'
8Jamie Devitt 14 Midfielder 55'
9Steven Rigg Forward 90'
10Dannen Francis 16 Midfielder
11Kitt Nelson Midfielder
12Sam Smith Defender
14Bobby Carroll 8 Midfielder
15Conor Tinnion 2 Midfielder
16Scott Allison 10 Forward
17Greg McCaragher Midfielder

Morpeth

1Dan Lowson Goalkeeper
2Josh Robson Defender
3Chris Reid Defender
4William Jenkins Midfielder
5Ryan Wombwell Defender
6Michael Turner Defender
7Nic Bollado 15 Forward 2'
8Ryan Donaldson 12 Midfielder
9Sam Hodgson Forward 58'
10Daniel Barlow Forward 30'
11Andrew Johnson Midfielder 2'
12William Dowling 8 Midfielder
14Matt Boyd Midfielder
15Matthew Griggs 7 Forward
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