Blackwell MeadowsDarlington, Tees Valley, England, DL1 5NR, United Kingdom

Darlington FC
Blackwell Meadows Grange Road Darlington DL1 5NR
Workington AFC
Borough Park, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT
3 - 1
Final Score
Tom Platt - 1 (14')Toby Lees - 1 (72')Jacob Hazel - 1 (90')
Steven Rigg - 1
Game Statistics
0Yellow cards0
0Red cards0
0Corner Kick0
0Shots on Goal0
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Game Timeline
Jordan Windass
Tom Platt
Adriano Moke
Kofi Moore
Jacob Hazel
Ben Hedley
Brad Hubbold
Mitchell Curry
Toby Lees
Greg McCaragher
Jassem Sukar
Kaine Felix
Tom Platt
Jacob Hazel


Reds were left to reflect on gallant failure as they made their exit from the FA Cup having played their part in a thrilling encounter.  The National North outfit certainly finished the stronger and deserved the victory but the game was evenly poised for a good seventy minutes or so. 

And manager Danny Grainger expressed his pride in the performance against a team he considers to be in a false position.  “They are a far better side than their current standing suggests and it won’t be long until they start climbing the table,” he said.

Darlington named former Workington player, Jacob Hazel, on their bench whilst Niall Brookwell lined up for Reds against the team he played for last season.

After a slow start in what looked like a 4-1-4-1 formation, Workington found themselves a goal behind in the fourteenth minute.  Jordan Windass’ low cross from the right was only partially cleared and Tom Platt met the ball twenty yards out steering the ball into the bottom corner of Jim Atkinson’s net.

Yet, after being under the cosh for that opening period, Reds gradually grew into the game and when they had the ball used it well.  Their equaliser was trademark Workington under Grainger – a beautiful passing move from back to front involving Sam Smith, Atkinson, Ceiran Casson, Steven Rigg and Scott Allison – culminating in Rigg rounding the Darlington ‘keeper, Tommy Taylor, and netting his first goal of the season.

Two further chances saw a David Symington thunderbolt blocked and a Dan Wordsworth effort deflected wide for a corner.

At the other end, Darlington thought they had regained the lead via Andrew Nelson’s goal-bound shot until Finlay Wallbank cleared off the line in spectacular fashion. 

Darlington started the second half as they had the first and had Reds pinned deep in their own half.  The visitors remained resilient, though, and two great opportunities came their way and had either of those been taken the outcome may have been different.

Brookwell won possession wide on the right and cut inside with space to exploit.  His goal-bound shot looked destined for the far corner until, bizarrely, the ball hit Symington and was eventually cleared.

Then Taylor kept his side level with a brilliant reflex save preventing Allison adding to his impressive tally in the competition.  The latter met a cross from the left but a sweetly hit volley was, somehow, kept out by the ‘keeper.

Workington never seriously threatened after that and Darlington took full advantage of the reprieve.

Atkinson was twice called into action in quick succession, saving well to thwart Hazel and then Platt before Wallbank made another goal line clearance as Darlington turned the screw.

They forced a number of corners and from one of those, in the seventy-second minute, regained the lead.  Will Hatfield’s flag kicks had been a threat all evening and this one was directed towards the far post and headed back into the danger area.  Toby Lees read the situation well and powered home a header from close range.

Atkinson made another couple of outstanding saves but Darlington kept up the pressure and their direct approach produced a third goal as the game entered stoppage time.

Mitchell Curry got away on the left and his square ball inside found Hazel and he sealed Darlington’s convincing victory by converting his first of the season from close range.  

It was a tough night for Reds but they acquitted themselves well and their efforts were appreciated by the large travelling support that made the journey across the A66.  

Darlington: Taylor, Windass (Hedley, 66), Lawlor, Lees, Sukar, Moke, Platt, Hatfield, Nelson (Hazel, 62), Felix, Salkeld (Curry, 69).  Substitutes – Liddle, Mustoe, Griffiths, Harker (not used).

Workington: Atkinson, Wallbank, Bell, Wordsworth, Smith, Casson (McCaragher, 80), Symington, Brookwell (Hubbold, 66), Rigg (Moore K, 59), Allison, Tinnion.  Substitutes – Moore L, Leslie, Roxburgh, Tait (not used).

Referee: Declan Brown, Manchester

Bookings: Windass, Sukar, Moke, Platt, Felix (Darlington)

Attendance: 982



DateTimeSeasonFull Time
15/09/202319:45FA Cup 23/2490'


Blackwell Meadows

Darlington, Tees Valley, England, DL1 5NR, United Kingdom


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals


1Tommy Taylor Goalkeeper
22Jordan Windass 2 Defender 8'
6Jake Lawlor Defender
5Toby Lees Defender 72'
3Jassem Sukar Defender 85'
10Adriano Moke Midfielder 31'
4Tom Platt Midfielder 14'
14Will Hatfield Midfielder
11Andrew Nelson 9 Forward
7Kaine Felix Forward 85'
24Cameron Salkeld 20 Midfielder
8Ben Liddle Midfielder
2Ben Hedley 22 Defender
9Jacob Hazel 11 Forward 90'
20Mitchell Curry 24 Forward
23Jordan Mustoe Defender
26Kallum Griffiths Defender
29Kenzie Harker Midfielder


1Jim Atkinson Goalkeeper
2Finlay Wallbank Defender
3Matty Bell Defender
5Sam Smith Defender
4Dan Wordsworth Defender
6Ceiran Casson 16 Midfielder
7Dav Symington Midfielder
8Niall Brookwell 14 Midfielder
9Steven Rigg 17 Forward
10Scott Allison Forward
11Conor Tinnion Midfielder
12Lewis Moore Midfielder
14Brad Hubbold 8 Midfielder
15Keelan Leslie Midfielder
16Greg McCaragher 6 Midfielder
17Kofi Moore 9 Midfielder
18Aidan Roxburgh Defender
19Hayden Tait Defender
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