Recap

Northern Premier League NPL Premier 23/24

Sandy LaneSandy Lane, Kilton, Worksop, Bassetlaw, Nottinghamshire, England, S80 1TL, United Kingdom

Worksop Town
Sandy Lane Babbage Way Worksop Nottinghamshire S80 1UJ
Workington AFC
Borough Park, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT
2 - 1
Final Score
Liam Hughes - 2 (65', 69')
Lewis Reilly - 1 (19')
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
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
Lewis Reilly
19'
Bobby Carroll
31'
Jake Allan
54'
Brad Hubbold
59'
Luke Hall
61'
Jordan Burrow
61'
Liam Hughes
65'
Liam Hughes
69'
Scott Allison
71'
Paul Green
77'
Ceiran Casson
83'
Regan Hutchinson
86'
Greg McCaragher
88'
FT

Recap

A fifth consecutive defeat for Reds but one a bit more palatable than the two offerings over Easter and one which restored a modicum of pride amongst the handful of Workington supporters present.

Up against probably the oldest and most experienced team in the league, Reds were always going to find it tough against such opposition but they remained competitive throughout which is a credit to the teenagers and youngsters in their ranks, trying to make a mark in the game.

And for the first time in a while, they had the luxury of opening the scoring and what a difference that made.  They held on to that advantage for a good forty minutes without too many alarms, only then to concede twice in quick succession.

Old warrior Liam Hughes’ brace came at just the right time for the hosts because there was just a hint of frustration creeping into their game.

Admittedly Workington were under the cosh for much of the second half and a first clean sheet in ten outings was always going to be a big ask against a Tigers team, who appear to be involved in a three-way battle with Hyde and Ashton for the fourth play-off spot.

Hughes had squandered a great chance early in the game and Jim Atkinson made an important save to thwart Jay Rollins before Reds had the audacity to open the scoring after nineteen minutes. And much of the credit should go to defender Jordan Little who brought the ball confidently out of defence, played a neat ‘give-and-go’ pass with Steven Rigg only to be upended in the area by George Taft.

It was Reds’ first penalty for over four months and one which Lewis Reilly converted with confidence.

Had Workington gone on to get that second goal, we might have been discussing a long, overdue win but it boiled down to a couple of missed opportunities from the few chances which came their way.

Dav Symington saw one effort from a freekick just clear Aaron Chapman’ crossbar and then, in the second half, the skipper was through on goal and about to pull the trigger, only to be denied by a superbly timed tackle by Town’s Regan Hutchinson.

And that, from a Workington perspective, proved to be the turning point as veteran Hughes, who had been well shackled by Sam Smith and Little to that point, added two more goals to his impressive Tigers ratio.

His equaliser after sixty-five minutes didn’t appear to be the cleanest of strikes but the ball found a way past Atkinson and then the ‘keeper, and Smith, were possibly guilty of a misunderstanding between themselves as Hughes grabbed the winner soon after.

A Jordan Burrow effort brushed the crossbar but, to their credit, Reds didn’t crumble and battled on gamely to the end.

Once ahead, a Tigers win was inevitable and their game management and nous saw them comfortably secure three important points after what had been an uneasy first half.  

Worksop Town: Chapman, Hutchinson, Atherton, Wedgbury (Burrow, 61), Bencherif, Taft, Hawkridge, Starcenko (Green, 77), Redford (Hall, 61), Hughes, Rollins.  Substitutes – Daniel and Malkowski (not used).

Workington: Atkinson, McCaragher, Fitzpatrick, Little, Smith, Casson, Symington, Carroll (Hubbold, 59), Reilly (Allan, 59), Rigg, Hetherington (Allison, 71).  Substitutes – Roxburgh, Wallbank (not used).

Referee: Connor Everard 

Bookings: Hutchinson (Worksop Town), McCaragher, Casson, Carroll (Workington)

Attendance: 769

  • It was good to see former Workington player and Worksop Town manager, Tommy Spencer, in the sun-drenched crowd.

 

Details

Date Time League Season Full Time
06/04/2024 15:00 Northern Premier League NPL Premier 23/24 90'

Ground

Sandy Lane

Sandy Lane, Kilton, Worksop, Bassetlaw, Nottinghamshire, England, S80 1TL, United Kingdom

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Worksop022
Workington101

Worksop

1Aaron Chapman Goalkeeper
2Regan Hutchinson Defender 86'
3Deegan Atherton Defender
4Samuel Wedgbury 16 Midfielder
5Hamza Bencherif Defender
6George Taft Defender
7Terry Hawkridge Midfielder
8Aleksandrs Starcenko 14 Midfielder
9Vaughan Redford 15 Forward
10Liam Hughes Midfielder 65', 69'
11Jay Rollins Forward
12Colin Daniel Defender
13Sebastian Małkowski Goalkeeper
14Paul Green 8 Midfielder
15Luke Hall 9 Midfielder
16Jordan Burrow 4 Forward

Workington

1Jim Atkinson Goalkeeper
2Greg McCaragher Midfielder 88'
3Aran Fitzpatrick Defender
4Jordan Little Defender
5Sam Smith Defender
6Ceiran Casson Midfielder 83'
7Dav Symington Midfielder
8Bobby Carroll 17 Midfielder 31'
9Lewis Reilly 12 Forward 19'
10Steven Rigg Forward
11Sam Hetherington 16 Midfielder
12Jake Allan 9 Midfielder
14Aidan Roxburgh Defender
16Scott Allison 11 Forward
17Brad Hubbold 8 Midfielder
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