NPL West NPL West 21/22

Vesty RoadDelta Taxis Stadium, Vesty Rd, Bootle L30 1NY, UK

City of Liverpool
Syncreon Arena Ellesmere Port Cheshire CH66 1NJ
Workington AFC
Borough Park, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT
0 - 2
Final Score
Dav Symington - 1 (38')Brad Carroll - 1 (56')
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
Ceiran Casson
Kyle Harrison
Dav Symington
Dan Wordsworth
Brad Carroll
Xenon Bahula
Ryan Schofield
Harry Scarborough
Lewis McKinney
Reuben Jerome
Steven Rigg
Matty Clarke


The impressive statistics continue to underline Workington’s dominant season in NPL’s West division.

This was a fifth successive away win, their seventeenth overall, a fourth league double, a twelfth clean sheet and, after scoring their fiftieth league goal so far, a healthy goal difference of plus thirty.

Unfortunately, there is no method for recording dogged resilience but they certainly needed that grit and determination during the first twenty five minutes before extinguishing the fire in Liverpool bellies.

An indifferent start, coupled with the hosts’ early high tempo, saw Reds struggle to get out of their own half in the first quarter but, crucially, City didn’t score during that period and once Workington took the lead they lost their way.

Jack Hazlehurst was kept quiet generally but he came closest to giving City the lead. His free kick from the edge of the box had Jim Atkinson scrambling across his goal to push the ball away for a corner and, other than that, the Reds’ keeper was rarely troubled.

Josh Quarless, a giant of a centre forward, saw one header flash narrowly wide of the target but he was kept in check by the outstanding Dan Wordsworth/Sam Smith partnership in the heart of the defence.

David Symington

David Symington’s stunning goal in the thirty-eighth minute was, to be fair, against the run of play but was worthy of winning any Northern Premier League contest, the FA Cup, the Champions League Final or even the World Cup in Qatar – it was that good.

Out wide on the right, he had the choice of going past the fullback and sending over one of his trademark crosses or, attempting the impossible, cutting inside and hammering a superb left-footer from an acute angle in to the top corner of Oliver Martin’s net.

He chose the more difficult option and, two seconds later, Martin was retrieving the ball from his net. A game changer if ever there was one!

There might have been a second goal for Reds’ number seven but a well struck shot was pushed away by Martin who, at least, had his hands warmed on a cold night.

And the scorer turned provider ten minutes into the second half when his teasing free kick was flicked on by Wordsworth and met by Carroll at the far post to guide home Reds’ second goal with Liverpool’s static defending proving costly.

Chris Willcock’s side created further chances but failed to increase the winning margin. Reuben Jerome had one effort cleared off the line by a smart piece of defending from Zac Aley and Brad Hubbold’s volley was kept out by an unorthodox save from Martin, the busier of the two ‘keepers on the night.

It was an impressive night’s work from the table-toppers but tarnished by an early injury to skipper Conor Tinnion. He pulled up sharply in the twentieth minute with a hamstring problem and was immediately substituted.

City of Liverpool: Martin, Aley, Walls, Schofield, Hinnigan, Hassall, Monaghan (McKinney, 80), Edgar, Quarless, Hazelhurst (Scarborough, 80), Murphy (Bahula, 60). Substitutes – Isherwood, Johnson (not used).

Workington: Atkinson, Harrison, Clarke, Wordsworth, Smith, Hubbold, Symington, Carroll (Rigg, 86), Jerome, Tinnion (Casson, 22), Gaul. Substitutes – Fenwick, Leslie, Eccles (not used).

Referee: Simon Robinson

Bookings: Schofield (City of Liverpool), Carroll, Clarke, Jerome (Workington)

Attendance: 259


Date Time League Season Full Time
18/01/2022 19:45 NPL West NPL West 21/22 0'


Vesty Road

Delta Taxis Stadium, Vesty Rd, Bootle L30 1NY, UK


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
City of Liverpool000

City of Liverpool

1Ollie Martin Goalkeeper
2Zach Aley Defender
3Jack Walls Defender
4Ryan Schofield Defender 67'
5Jack Hinnigan Defender
6George Hassall Forward
7Michael Monaghan 15 Midfielder
8James Edgar Midfielder
9Joshua Quarless Forward
10Jack Hazlehurst 12 Midfielder
11James Murphy 14 Midfielder
12Harry Scarborough 10 Forward
14Xenon Bahula 11 Midfielder
15Lewis McKinney 7 Midfielder
16Louis Isherwood Defender
17Elliott Johnston Midfielder


1Jim Atkinson Goalkeeper
2Kyle Harrison Defender 38'
3Matty Clarke Defender 90'
4Dan Wordsworth Defender 56'
5Sam Smith Defender
6Brad Hubbold Midfielder
7Dav Symington Midfielder 38'
8Brad Carroll 15 Midfielder 56'
9Reuben Jerome Forward 83'
10Conor Tinnion 12 Midfielder
11Connor Gaul Forward
12Ceiran Casson 10 Midfielder
14Scott Fenwick Forward
15Steven Rigg 8 Forward
16Keelan Leslie Midfielder
21Danny Eccles Goalkeeper
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