Northern Premier League NPL Premier 23/24

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

Workington AFC
Borough Park, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT
Warrington Rylands
Rylands Recreation Club Gorsey Lane Warrington WA2 7RZ
2 - 2
Final Score
Dav Symington - 2 (19', 28')
Momodou Touray - 1 (53')James Neild - 1 (73')
Game Statistics
0Yellow cards0
0Red cards0
0Corner Kick0
0Shots on Goal0
Pass Accuracy
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Pass Accuracy
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Game Timeline
Dav Symington
Sam Hetherington
James Neild
Dav Symington
Adama Sidibeh
Sam Smith
Momodou Touray
Clive Smith
James Baillie
James Neild
Brad Hubbold
Steven Rigg
Joe Adams
Bobby Carroll
Finlay Wallbank


Credit to both teams for serving up a cracking contest on yet another drab Saturday afternoon with a strong wind and horizontal rain doing their utmost to spoil the entertainment.

But the fact that more people were talking about the game afterwards, rather than the weather, says it all.

To coin a phrase, it was a game of two halves but slightly different to normal.  Both teams played their better stuff when playing into the wind.

The downside to this ninety-minutes of thrills, spills and excitement was that Workington still only banked a point for their efforts.  For the second successive home game they couldn’t convert a deserved two-nil lead into a three pointer.

Their contribution probably deserved an overdue victory because they swept Rylands aside at times with their pass and movement game.  It was very pleasing on the eye but effective too with loads of chances created.  All down to goals scored, though, and Reds’ ratio of ‘two from ten’ to Rylands ‘two from five’ ended with the same outcome – a point apiece!

Danny Grainger had said good-bye to two of his loan recruits earlier in the week but a couple of others, Sam Hetherington and Kitt Nelson, defied their stature and age with excellent contributions for the seventy-five minutes they were on the pitch.

But their efforts were replicated by their nine colleagues with outstanding performances all over the pitch.

And as for Mr Symington, he is the form of his life right now – even adding a new string to his bow in a centre forward role at times – and the league’s best defence couldn’t handle him.

Two more goals from the skipper took him to the twenty-mark for the season and, in reaching ninety career goals for Workington, he overtook the great Jimmy Dailey’s record as he continues to climb the club’s ‘leading scorers’ chart.

His nineteenth of a wonderful campaign was actually netted in the nineteenth minute and was a fine team goal.  The aforementioned Nelson and Hetherington linked well on the left with the skipper receiving the final pass before despatching past the helpless, Luke Pilling.

Symington had already hit the post with one earlier effort and almost broke the wrists of Pilling with another belter.

His second goal came about ten minutes later and this was more an individual effort.  It was despatched from the usual twenty-five yards, at least, with Pilling beaten by sheer force leaving Rylands’ defenders arguing amongst themselves as to why he had been given so much time and space.

In the absence of their manager, Michael Clegg, Warrington came out for the restart a different team and, for the first time in the afternoon, looked something like title challengers. 

Within twenty seconds, they had struck the Workington cross bar with what was their first decent effort of the game and, all of a sudden, had Reds penned in their area.  It took some desperate, brave and excellent defending to keep their clean sheet intact but the inevitable happened in the fifty-third minute when the visitors reduced the arrears.

Momodou Touray’s header found a way into the net as he met a cross from the left and it was ‘game-on’.

They had a twenty-minute purple match which culminated in a seventy-third minute equaliser.  Reds had got themselves in a defensive tangle on their right-hand side and couldn’t get the ball clear.

It fell invitingly to James Neild on the edge of the ‘D’ and he drove the ball home with the unsighted Jim Atkinson unable to respond to the shot.

Reds recovered well after the double set-back and were unlucky not find a winner – Scott Allison went close on two occasions, Brad Hubbold had a shot gathered and one of his in-swinging corners was headed off the line by Matt Regan and Symington failed to hit the target with two late efforts. 

Not sure a draw was a fair outcome on this occasion, but it could have been worse for Rylands whilst Workington’s efforts of late haven’t been rewarded with the points they have deserved.     

Photos: Ben Challis

Workington: Atkinson, McCaragher, Smith, Little, Brookwell (Wallbank, 90), Casson, Symington, Carroll, Allison, Hetherington (Hubbold, 74), Nelson (Rigg, 79).  Substitutes – Tinnion, Eccles (not used).

Warrington Rylands: Pilling, Smith, Swaby-Neavin (Adams, 85), Butler, Regan, Neild, Hardcastle, Furman, Pedro (Baillie, 71), Touray, German (Sidibeh, 46).  Substitutes – Hough, Cockerline (not used).

Referee: Nat Cox

Bookings: Smith S, Carroll, Brookwell (Workington), Neild, Smith C, Touray (Warrington Rylands)

Attendance: 752



DateTimeLeagueSeasonFull Time
20/01/202415:00Northern Premier LeagueNPL Premier 23/2490'


Borough Park

New Bridge Road, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals


1Jim Atkinson Goalkeeper
2Greg McCaragher Midfielder
3Sam Smith Defender 52'
4Jordan Little Defender
5Niall Brookwell 15 Midfielder
6Ceiran Casson Midfielder
7Dav Symington Midfielder 19', 28'
8Bobby Carroll Midfielder 86'
9Scott Allison Forward
10Sam Hetherington 12 Midfielder 19'
11Kitt Nelson 16 Midfielder
12Brad Hubbold 10 Midfielder
14Conor Tinnion Midfielder
15Finlay Wallbank 5 Defender
16Steven Rigg 11 Forward
21Danny Eccles Goalkeeper


1Luke Pilling Goalkeeper
2Clive Smith Defender 65'
3Javid Swaby-Neavin 16 Defender
4James Butler Defender
5Matthew Regan Defender
6James Neild Midfielder 73'
7Ben Hardcastle Midfielder
8Dean Furman Midfielder
9Djavan Pedro 15 Forward
10Momodou Touray Forward 53'
11Owen German 17 Midfielder
12Ben Hough Midfielder
14Daniel Cockerline Forward
15James Baillie 9 Defender
16Joe Adams 3 Midfielder
17Adama Sidibeh 11 Forward
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