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Grantham Town 0 – 2 Workington AFC

Grantham Town 0 – 2 Workington AFC



Dominant second half secures deserved victory

Reds put together back-to-back league wins for the first time this season as they emerged thoroughly deserved victors against one of their relegation-threatened rivals.

And it was the manner of the victory that was so pleasing with every man playing his part as they avenged the heavy defeat inflicted upon them by Grantham at Borough Park.

Man-of-the-match, Niall Cowperthwaite, ran the show from start to finish and he and Brad Carroll have dove-tailed nicely in their centre midfield roles. On either side of them, we saw disciplined performances from both Conor Tinnion and Jordan Holt.

Sam Smith was the pick of a water-tight back four which saw excellent contributions from goal scoring Matty Douglas, a Josh Calvert slowly returning to his best and evergreen skipper, Gari Rowntree.

And the veteran pairing up front of debutant Garry Thompson and Jason Walker, strutting about with a combined age of 72, kept Grantham’s rearguard occupied for most of the afternoon.

The performance of the outfield players meant a relatively comfortable afternoon for Aaran Taylor but he needed to be at his best in the first half, making two fine saves before Town wilted.

The first forty-five minutes was more of a contest with both teams going toe-to-toe in this important Evo-Stik Premier Division encounter.
Calvert came closest to a goal only to see a firm header, via a Tinnion free kick, cleared off the line while Messrs Thompson and Walker both narrowly missed with their best efforts.

Recent signing, Harry Millard, twice went close for The Gingerbreads but was denied by Taylor who dealt with a firmly struck shot and a free-kick respectively. Danny Durkin wasted a good opportunity when he hurried a shot only to slice it wide of Taylor’s left hand upright.

Reds upped the tempo at the start of the second half and it was only a matter of time before their efforts were rewarded. And, after fifty-seven minutes, they opened the scoring.

Cowperthwaite picked up a loose ball on the edge of the box, advanced a yard or two, before thumping an unstoppable half volley past Jordan Wright. It was no more than the Cumbrians deserved but could they add to the slender lead?

Tinnion saw one effort saved before sending a free-kick just over the bar and a string of corners and long throws from Douglas led to a nervous afternoon for the black and white-shirted defenders.

Reds had two penalty claims rejected, the second of which was laughable when Carroll was clearly pushed to the ground inside the area.

It mattered not because Reds doubled their lead in the eighty-eighth minute from their seventh corner of the second half. Cowperthwaite floated the ball towards the back stick and Douglas rose above a clutch of Grantham defenders to squeeze his header into the net.

Job done.

Grantham Town Wright, Ward C, Greenwood, Millard, Ward T (Luto, 90), Salt, Fortnam-Tomlinson, Ofushine, Durkin, Hemagou (Bastos, 82), Thompson (Siddons, 63). Substitutes – McGhee, Gibbons (not used).

Workington Taylor, Douglas, Rowntree, Calvert, Smith, Carroll, Holt, Cowperthwaite, Walker, Thompson (Joel, 76), Tinnion. Substitutes – Wordsworth, Hubbold, Brotherston, Harker (not used).

Referee Richard Eley, Derby

Booking: Charlie Ward (Grantham Town)

Attendance 266



Date Time League Season
02/02/2019 15:00 Northern Premier League 2018/19


Borough Park
New Bridge Road, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT


Team1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Grantham Town000
Workington AFC022

Grantham Town

1Jordan Wright Goalkeeper
2Charlie Ward Defender 30'
3Ben Greenwood Defender
4Harry Millard Midfielder
5Tom Ward 16 Defender
6Chris Salt Defender
7Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson Forward
8Kuwesi Ofushine Midfielder
9Danny Durkin Forward
10Kevin Hemagou 15 Forward
11Ryley Thompson 12 Midfielder
12Tom Siddons 11 Forward
14Jamie McGhee Midfielder
15Kevin Bastos 10 Midfielder
16Oliver Luto 5 Defender
17Harry Gibbons Midfielder

Workington AFC

1Aaran Taylor Goalkeeper
2Matthew Douglas Defender 88'
3Gari Rowntree Defender
4Joshua Calvert Defender
5Sam Smith Defender
7Jordan Holt Midfielder
8Niall Cowperthwaite Midfielder 57'
9Jason Walker Forward
10Garry Thompson 12 Midfielder
11Conor Tinnion Midfielder
12Sam Joel 10 Forward
14Dean Brotherston Forward
15Daniel Wordsworth Defender
16Brad Hubbold Midfielder
17Cameron Harker Midfielder
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
Own Goals

KO KO 30 57 63 76 82 88 88 90 FT
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