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Colne 0-1 Workington AFC

Colne 0-1 Workington AFC



Scott Allison’s 125th goal for Reds settled this war of attrition when he hammered home a sixty-second penalty in rain-swept East Lancashire.

The spot-kick was awarded by referee Michael Coles, following Ben Unsworth’s tangle with Reuben Jerome, after the latter had got beyond the Colne defender.

Allison duly converted for his sixth goal of the season and, once in front, Reds’ resolve intensified.

They had to survive a frenetic opening onslaught from the hosts, defending five corners in quick succession, and it was a similar ‘backs-to-the-wall’ scenario in the final ten minutes.  But Colne couldn’t find a way through a watertight defence and a determined battling performance secured a welcome first away win.

Looking more like Werder Bremen than Workington Reds, the green-shirted Cumbrians controlled the game for long spells, rode their luck at times and celebrated a rare clean sheet to dent Colne’s 100% winning start.

And although it wasn’t a free-flowing classic, both sides suggested they have plenty to offer if this season is allowed to run its course.

Few clear-cut chances were carved out by either side and it soon became evident that one mistake could settle this closely fought affair.  And so it proved.

Colne ‘keeper, Hakan Burton, was beaten from the spot but he did prevent a second Reds goal when he dealt with a Levi Amantchi effort.  The newcomer almost capped his debut with a goal, after bursting clear down the Holt House slope, only for Burton to save comfortably and deny him instant glory.

Opposite number, Jim Atkinson, and his defence coped with all Colne had to offer but there was one almighty scare for the Reds stopper.  He raced off his line to collect a through ball but, inadvertently, handled just outside the area.

Although he definitely didn’t prevent a goal scoring opportunity by gathering the ball, there was a collective sigh of relief when the referee administered a yellow card rather than a potential red.

It got a bit feisty at times and the referee flashed the yellow card to seven players in total although those misdemeanours just added to the entertainment.

After several wishy-washy defensive performances in the early weeks of the season, this collective effort from Reds was overdue and laid the foundation for a well-deserved three points.

Colne: Burton, Azam, Unsworth, Coleman, Dean, Brown (Dodd,70), Russell (Samizadeh, 75), Cooke, Webb-Foster, Jordan (Djabi, 54), Hasler-Cregg.  Substitute – Gooden (not used).

Workington: Atkinson, Kelly J, Brockbank, Wordsworth, Smith, Hubbold, Holt (Potts, 83), Carroll, Jerome, Allison, Bowman (Amantchi, 56).  Substitutes – Clarke, Robertson, Lightfoot (not used).

Referee: Michael Coles

Bookings: Coleman, Cooke, Webb-Foster (Colne), Atkinson, Smith, Carroll, Amantchi (Workington)

Attendance: 213  



Date Time League Season
06/10/2020 19:45 North West Division North West Division 2020/21


Sovereign Play Stadium
63 Birtwistle Ave, Colne BB8 9RT, UK


Team1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Workington AFC011


1Hakan Burton Goalkeeper
2Waqas Azam Defender
3Ben Unsworth Defender
4Alexander Coleman Defender 90'
5Tom Dean Defender
6Tom Brown 12 Midfielder
7Charlie Russell 14 Midfielder
8Jamie Cooke Midfielder 36'
9Reece Webb-Foster Forward 69'
10Spencer Jordan 16 Forward
11Billy Hasler Gregg Midfielder
12Alex Dodd 6 Midfielder
14Alex Samizadeh 7 Forward
15Jack Gooden Forward
16Mamadou Djabi 10 Forward

Workington AFC

1Jim Atkinson Goalkeeper 38'
2Jay Kelly Defender
3Liam Brockbank Defender
4Dan Wordsworth Defender
5Sam Smith Defender 49'
6Brad Hubbold Midfielder
7Jordan Holt 14 Midfielder
8Brad Carroll Midfielder 69'
9Reuben Jerome Forward 62'
10Scott Allison Forward 62'
11Charlie Bowman 17 Forward
12Matty Clarke Defender
14Louis Potts 7 Forward
15Brandon Robertson Midfielder
16Carl Lightfoot Midfielder
17Levi Amantchi 11 Forward 79'
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
Own Goals

KO KO 36 38 49 54 56 62 62 69 69 70 75 79 83 90 FT
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