NPL West NPL West 22/23

Payaro StadiumAbbey Lane, Bucknall, Stoke-on-Trent, ST2 8AJ

Hanley Town
Hanley Town Abbey Lane, Bucknall, Stoke-on-Trent ST2 8AJ
Workington AFC
Borough Park, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT
1 - 2
Final Score
Dan Wordsworth - 1 (11')
Dav Symington - 2 (29', 42')
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
Reuben Jerome
Dan Wordsworth
Dav Symington
Kyle Blake
Dav Symington
James Lawrie
Bobby Carroll
Lewis Reilly
Niall Moran


Reds returned from their first ever visit to Hanley with three hard-earned points and were good value for a third successive away win.

Two more cracking goals from Dav Symington were added to his personal portfolio to turn the game in Workington’s favour, after Hanley opened the scoring in somewhat fortunate circumstances.

They had gone ahead via a Dan Wordsworth own-goal but created very few chances overall and Jim Atkinson enjoyed a trouble-free afternoon on his recall to the side.

He had been given the nod ahead of Danny Eccles who had performed well the previous week whilst Symington came back into the starting XI at the expense of Lewis Reilly.

Town, the NPL new boys, haven’t won on home soil so far this season and a competent display from the Cumbrians ensured that unusual statistic stretched to a fifth game. But, after a change of the managerial team, the hosts made the expected bright start.

Danny Glover did register the first shot on target but Atkinson comfortably gathered the ball and it is difficult to recall him having to make another save as such. He dealt with the routine crosses, through balls and back passes throughout with his back four in front of him doing much of the defensive work needed.

Hanley did go ahead in the eleventh minute when a great cross from the right would have been gathered by Atkinson but Wordsworth, possibly not hearing the call, moved to clear and only succeeded in slicing the ball rather un-gamely into his own net.

He almost atoned for the OG, going close at the other end soon after.

Slowly but surely, though, Reds played themselves back into the game and by half time were ahead and in control.

Dav Symington

And it was Symington’s twenty-minute cameo that swung things in their favour.

Thunder-foot was simply unstoppable for that spell of the game and two twenty-five yarders – almost identical – put Reds in front.

He equalised in the twenty-ninth minute with the ferocity of the shot leaving Kieran Harrison helpless and, for an encore, slammed in what proved to be the winner three minutes before the interval.

In between, he almost scored another when the ball from his free-kick flashed past Harrison again but rebounded into play off the foot of his right-hand post.

Town did have the ball in the net soon after the restart but Glover’s joy was quickly nipped in the bud as play had already been stopped for an offside offence.

The hosts were forcing Reds deeper but the ever-dependable Wordsworth/Smith partnership, was in no mood for conceding. Hanley did win several second half corners but efforts on target eluded them.

Indeed, it was Reds who went closest to a second half goal with a fine, powerful header from Steven Rigg flipped over the bar by an acrobatic Harrison save.

Bobby Carroll, continuing his rehab with another half an hour on the pitch, also had a shot on target but not one that troubled the ‘keeper.

Birthday boy, Charlie Birch, certainly enjoyed his afternoon as he continues to impress in the number three shirt. He was supported by close family and friends on a ground where his grandfather played many games for Hanley in their formative years.

Overall, a good shift from Danny Grainger’s side but he, and assistant Terry Mitchell, insisted there was room for improvement.

Hanley Town: Harrison, Cotterill, Morris, Sanders, Stair, Shotton, Jones, Blake (Lawrie, 64), Glover, Twyford, Avery. Substitutes – Chapman, Walford, Dodds, Lawrie (not used).

Workington: Atkinson, Clarke, Birch, Wordsworth, Smith, Casson, Symington, Allison (Moran, 85), Rigg (Reilly, 76), Jerome (Carroll, 66), Tinnion. Substitutes – Leslie, Palmer (not used).

Referee: Mark Bates, Stalybridge

Bookings: Blake (Hanley Town), Jerome (Workington)

Attendance: 180


Date Time League Season Full Time
22/10/2022 15:00 NPL West NPL West 22/23 90'


Payaro Stadium

Abbey Lane, Bucknall, Stoke-on-Trent, ST2 8AJ


Club1st Half2nd Half2ETGoals
Hanley Town10T1

Hanley Town

1Kieran Harrison Goalkeeper
2Jayden Cotterill Defender
3Alex Morris Defender
4Tim Sanders Midfielder
5Joel Stair Defender
6Ryan Shotton Defender
7Reece Jones Midfielder
8Kyle Blake 17 Midfielder 34'
9Daniel Glover Forward
10Jacob Twyford Midfielder
11Jake Avery Midfielder
12Ben Chapman Goalkeeper
15Charlie Walford Defender
16Louis Dodds Forward
17James Lawrie 8 Midfielder


1Jim Atkinson Goalkeeper
2Matty Clarke Defender
3Charlie Birch Defender
4Dan Wordsworth Defender 11'
5Sam Smith Defender
6Ceiran Casson Midfielder
7Dav Symington Midfielder 29', 42'
8Scott Allison 15 Forward
9Steven Rigg 16 Forward
10Reuben Jerome 14 Forward 5'
11Conor Tinnion Midfielder
12Keelan Leslie Midfielder
14Bobby Carroll 10 Midfielder
15Niall Moran 8 Defender
16Lewis Reilly 9 Forward
17Jordan Palmer Forward
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