NPL West NPL West 22/23

Berry Street Garage StadiumVesty Road, Litherland, Sefton, North West England, England, L30 1NY, United Kingdom

Bootle FC
Berry Street Garage Stadium Vesty Road Bootle Merseyside L30 1NY
Workington AFC
Borough Park, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT
0 - 1
Final Score
Jordan Palmer - 1 (90')
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
Simon Wills
Simon Wills
Steven Rigg
Oliver Putman
Jordan Palmer
Jack McGowan
Ceiran Casson
Ceiran Casson
Tom Mahone
Jordan Palmer


With the famous Aintree racecourse just a mile down the road, Reds’ boss, Danny Grainger, ‘backed a winner’ with an inspired substitution late in the day at the Berry Street Garage Stadium. 

He introduced Jordan Palmer from the bench, with a quarter of an hour to go, and the striker responded by scoring his first league goal for the club in the last minute of normal time. 

Palmer scored prolifically in the Northern League last season but the transition has proved difficult.  But his moment duly arrived and the sublime, curling shot from an acute angle converted one point into three. 

Palmer had almost scored minutes earlier but his well struck shot was kept out by Bootle ’keeper, Sam Ashton, on an afternoon when he and Reds’ stopper, Jim Atkinson, were rarely troubled. 

With both clubs ‘under new management’, supporters have yet to see the finished article but in terms of passing and movement Reds just about shaded the possession stats although neither side looked assured in front of goal. 

Indeed, the best chance of the game came early with supporters still finding a good vantage point on the stadium’s unique decking platform.  Lewis Reilly released Reuben Jerome for a clear run-in on goal but the latter missed the target with the opportunity wasted. 

Half chances followed for both sides – Dan Wordsworth heading over via a free kick and Sam Smith twice failing to connect when the ball landed at his feet for Reds whilst Simon Wills and Jack McGowan were just off target for Bootle who then saw Atkinson gather Connor Millington’s effort. 

Wills had picked up a first half booking for Bootle and this proved significant soon after the restart.  He clearly checked Scott Allison’s progress leaving the referee with no other alternative but to send him off after producing a second yellow. 

But Bootle managed the situation well, got nine men behind the ball frequently and countered effectively as and when they could. 

They won the corner count 8-2 but Atkinson, Smith and Dan Wordsworth repelled most of the hosts aerial threat with last season’s top scorer, Ben Hodkinson, generally kept in check although his one effort of note was comfortably dealt with by a routine Atkinson save. 

A free kick about twenty-two yards from goal looked a promising situation for Reds with Conor Tinnion and David Symington both lurking with intent.  The skipper pulled rank but his goal-bound effort was deflected narrowly wide for a corner much to the relief of Bootle ‘keeper, Ashton, scrambling in the opposite direction. 

Palmer entered the fray and things started to happen in the Bootle area.  He almost created one opening in a crowded box, hit the target with his first attempt then slotted that late winner and found himself smothered by the majority of his team mates as the celebrations underlined the importance of the goal…for the player and the team! 

Grainger, delighted with the win and Palmer’s contribution, felt it was a ’nearly performance’ from his side with frustration getting the better of them at times.  Yet, whether by design or pure luck their patience was rewarded late in the day and, having been on the receiving end of stoppage time goals this term – the games against Mossley, South Shields and Runcorn Linnets come to mind – it was their turn to celebrate a late decider.  

Bootle: Ashton, Roberts, Rain, Welsh, Cooper, Wills, Hodkinson, Millington, Peterson, McLoughlin (Putnam, 72), McGowan.  Substitutes – Sinnott, Homson-Smith, Holsgrove, Holland (not used). 

Workington: Atkinson, Clarke, Birch (Palmer, 73), Wordsworth, Smith, Casson, Symington (Mahone, 90), Allison, Reilly, Jerome (Rigg, 57), Tinnion.  Substitutes – Leslie, Moran (not used). 

Referee: Ryan Aldred, Bolton  

Bookings: Wills, McGowan (Bootle), Grainger, Casson (Workington) 

Red card: Wills (Bootle – second yellow)

Attendance: 508


Date Time League Season Full Time
17/09/2022 15:00 NPL West NPL West 22/23 90'


Berry Street Garage Stadium

Vesty Road, Litherland, Sefton, North West England, England, L30 1NY, United Kingdom




1Sam Ashton Goalkeeper
2Jay Roberts Defender
3Matty Rain Defender
4Jacques Welsh Defender
5James Cooper Defender
6Simon Wills Midfielder 29'
7Ben Hodkinson Midfielder
8Connor Millington Midfielder
9Tom Peterson Forward
10Declan McLoughlin 16 Midfielder
11Jack McGowan Forward 82'
12Lewis Sinnott Defender
14Morgan Homson-Smith Midfielder
15Kieran Holsgrove Midfielder
16Oliver Putman 10 Midfielder
17Charlie Holland Midfielder


1Jim Atkinson Goalkeeper
2Matty Clarke Defender
3Charlie Birch 15 Defender
4Dan Wordsworth Defender
5Sam Smith Defender
6Ceiran Casson Midfielder 90'
7Dav Symington 14 Midfielder
8Scott Allison Forward
9Lewis Reilly Forward
10Reuben Jerome 17 Forward
11Conor Tinnion Midfielder
12Keelan Leslie Midfielder
14Tom Mahone 7 Defender
15Jordan Palmer 3 Forward 90'
16Niall Moran Defender
17Steven Rigg 10 Forward
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