Northern Premier League NPL Premier 23/24

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

Workington AFC
Borough Park, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT
Worksop Town
Sandy Lane Babbage Way Worksop Nottinghamshire S80 1UJ
3 - 3
Final Score
Dav Symington - 1 (2')Steven Rigg - 1 (84')Brad Hubbold - 1 (90')
Hamza Bencherif - 1 (9')James Hanson - 1 (35')Regan Hutchinson - 1 (60')
Game Statistics
0Yellow cards0
0Red cards0
0Corner Kick0
0Shots on Goal0
Pass Accuracy
Shot Accuracy
Pass Accuracy
Shot Accuracy
Game Timeline
Dav Symington
Kitt Nelson
Hamza Bencherif
Paul Green
Luke Hall
James Hanson
Conor Tinnion
Joe Bunney
Bobby Carroll
Aleksandrs Starcenko
Brad Hubbold
Regan Hutchinson
Colin Daniel
Greg McCaragher
Hamza Bencherif
Steven Rigg
Dannen Francis
Brad Hubbold


It felt like a victory when Brad Hubbold scored the sixth goal of the evening just as we entered time added on in a pulsating contest.  Reds had taken a bit of a battering from an impressive Worksop outfit and the visitors were left to contemplate how they let victory slip from their grasp.

And the main reason they did was down to the character Workington displayed in what was probably their toughest ninety minutes of the season.

The benefit of Dav Symington’s second minute goal quickly disappeared as the Tigers, making their first appearance at Borough Park in seventeen years, came roaring back.

They were in front by the interval, and two goals clear by the hour mark, but Reds refused to throw in the towel and Steven Rigg’s goal gave them hope with five minutes to go.

Hubbold then popped up with the goal of the night to salvage a valuable point, securing Reds’ fourth successive draw.

Having conceded inside two minutes against Morpeth, it was Reds’ turn to take an early lead.  When Symington, who had returned the armband to the returning Conor Tinnion, gathered the ball out wide we had a good idea what he was going to do.  Worksop probably did too but they couldn’t prevent him cutting inside, working his way along the eighteen-yard line and picking out the bottom right-hand corner of Seb Malkowski’s net. 

The lead was short-lived with Town responding well and levelling matters within seven minutes.  The spritely Paul Green sent over a corner and skipper Hamza Bencherif powered home the equaliser from close range.

And they were in front after thirty-five minutes when the former Bradford City man, James Hanson, stooped to head home Luke Hall’s teasing cross from the left.  Workington were probably a tad fortunate to still be in the game at that point, yet they were, and that wouldn’t have been the case during the unstable three months at the start of the season.

When Town headed home their third goal of the evening on the hour, Regan Hutchinson doing the damage on this occasion, it looked as though Reds’ brave resistance had been broken.

Having been forced to abandon their passing game in the first half, they returned to type and started moving the ball about neatly and openings were suddenly being created.

Had they found a new lease of life or were Worksop’s seniors just starting to tire?  Either way Workington were, at last, keeping the ball better.  And when Rigg bagged his ninth goal of the season, a glimmer of hope appeared.

He was able to lunge forward in a crowded area and his shot went in off the underside of the bar with Malkowski’s hand not sufficient to keep the ball out.

Hubbold, unfortunate to be left out of the starting line-up after recent performances, showed a brilliant attitude when he came on – at both ends of the pitch.  He almost scored with a superbly struck shot a minute or two earlier before his quick feet set up a second opportunity.  This time, he found the back of the Town End net to complete a remarkable comeback.  

There were still a few minutes of stoppage time to negotiate and more drama when Reds were reduced to nine men.  Niall Brookwell, who had a fine game at the back, and the returning Sam Smith were involved in a nasty collision – I think it’s called ‘putting bodies on the line’ – as Worksop applied late pressure.

Both received cuts to the head and were being treated separately by the physios of the two clubs.  As they were being assisted to the dressing rooms for further attention, Reds survived an anxious finale.   

A great point in the circumstances but one achieved at a cost.  Injuries and suspensions will dominate the manager’s thoughts ahead of the weekend trip to Ashton United.

Workington: Atkinson, Wallbank, Bunney, Brookwell, Smith, Carroll (McCaragher, 74), Symington, Nelson (Francis, 85), Rigg, Allison (Hubbold, 59), Tinnion.  Substitutes – Watson, Eccles (not used).

Worksop Town: Malkowski, Hutchinson, Wilde, Wedgbury, Bencherif, Broadhead, Starcenko, Green, Hall, Hanson (Colin, 71), Rollins.  Substitutes – Tomlinson, Atherton, Taft (not used).

Referee: Scott Henry, Carlisle

Bookings: Bunney, Carroll, Tinnion (Workington), Bencherif, Starcenko (Worksop Town)

Attendance: 412



DateTimeLeagueSeasonFull Time
12/12/202319:45Northern Premier LeagueNPL Premier 23/2490'


Borough Park

New Bridge Road, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals


1Jim Atkinson Goalkeeper
2Finlay Wallbank Defender
3Joe Bunney Defender 44'
4Niall Brookwell Midfielder
5Sam Smith Defender
6Bobby Carroll 14 Midfielder 56'
7Dav Symington Midfielder 2'
8Kitt Nelson 15 Midfielder 2'
9Steven Rigg Forward 84'
10Scott Allison 16 Forward
11Conor Tinnion Midfielder 37'
12Harry Watson Forward
14Greg McCaragher 6 Midfielder
15Dannen Francis 8 Midfielder
16Brad Hubbold 10 Midfielder 90'
21Danny Eccles Goalkeeper


1Sebastian Małkowski Goalkeeper
2Regan Hutchinson Defender 60'
3Josh Wilde Defender
4Samuel Wedgbury Midfielder
5Hamza Bencherif Defender 9'
6Jack Broadhead Defender
7Aleksandrs Starcenko Midfielder 56'
8Paul Green Midfielder 9'
9Luke Hall Midfielder 35'
10James Hanson 16 Forward 35'
11Jay Rollins Forward
12Ben Tomlinson Forward
14Deegan Atherton Defender
15George Taft Defender
16Colin Daniel 10 Defender
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