NPL West NPL West 21/22

GreenfieldsMarket Drayton, Shropshire, West Midlands, England, TF9 3SL, United Kingdom

Market Drayton Town
Greenfields Market Drayton Shropshire TF9 3SL
Workington AFC
Borough Park, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT
1 - 1
Final Score
Angeli Franco - 1 (13')
Reuben Jerome - 1 (83')
Game Statistics
0Yellow cards0
0Red cards0
0Corner Kick0
0Shots on Goal0
Pass Accuracy
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Game Timeline
Angeli Franco
Brad Carroll
Scott Allison
Reuben Jerome
Panashe Madama
Reuben Jerome
Reuban Mackay


The Workington party left North Shropshire on Saturday afternoon with a trophy in their possession but not the one they coveted.

A damaging draw at the NPL West Division’s bottom club meant they missed out on the title with the honours going to Warrington Rylands instead.  And as runners-up they had to collect the consolation prize from League representative, James Heyes.

Reds went into the final game of an excellent season needing two factors to go in their favour.  First of all, they had to obtain a win at the Greenlands Sports Ground but also needed Bootle to do them a favour by taking points off the leaders.

Bootle kept their side of the bargain by forcing a draw at Warrington but Reds shot themselves in the foot, not once but several times, and could only obtain a point in a game they dominated from start to finish.

Despite their domination, they paid dearly for the one obvious mistake in the game when they gifted Town a goal in the, yes you’ve guessed, thirteenth minute!  Brad Hubbold was dispossessed in the middle of the park and Angelo Franco nonchalantly chipped the ball over the stranded Jim Atkinson and into the net for a shock home lead.

But finding an equaliser against the League’s worst defence was like searching for a needle in a haystack, possible but time consuming, and it took a Reds team, desperately low on confidence, a further seventy minutes to restore parity.

We all hoped the winning goal would follow soon after but it was not to be and the club’s championship aspirations were laid to rest in the 38th game of the season, one point adrift of the champions

Rylands probably couldn’t believe their luck as they celebrated their success fifty miles to the north whilst the Workington players, almost to a man, sunk to their knees in sheer desperation.

It was a sad sight after their sterling efforts over three seasons, two of which interrupted by the pandemic.

The group deserved some tangible reward after losing just eight of seventy eight matches since suffering relegation three years ago.

But they have only themselves to blame and form over recent weeks, just like their confidence, has eroded at an alarming rate.  It may become clearer why this has happened in time but the immediate priority is lifting spirits for a play-off campaign, probably the last thing they wanted.

Reds had forced eight corners in the first half and a further seven after the interval, eventually scoring from the fifteenth after going so close on several occasions.

Reuben Jerome forced home the equaliser but play was so frenetic there was never any conviction that a crucial second goal was imminent.

They squandered chances, saw others blocked or saved by some heroic defending, hit the woodwork and watched a goalkeeper, Ashley Rawlins, enjoy an inspired ninety minutes.    

Rylands’ game ended before the encounter in a rural Market Drayton setting but, despite knowing the importance of that elusive goal, dejected Reds failed to fashion a winner!  

Market Drayton Town: Rawlins, Sweeney, Dutton, Franco, Care, Jones, East (Madama, 78), Farnsworth, Greer, Johnson, Price (Mackay, 84).  Substitute – Lawrence (not used).

Workington: Atkinson, Clarke, Leslie (Allison, 46), Wordsworth, Smith, Casson (Carroll, 46), Symington, Hubbold, Fenwick (Jerome, 46), Tinnion, Evangelinos.  Substitutes – Eccles, Lightfoot L (not used).

Referee: Tom Swift, Northwich

Bookings: Franco, Care, Greer, Price, Mackay (Market Drayton Town)

Attendance: 221



DateTimeLeagueSeasonFull Time
23/04/202215:00NPL WestNPL West 21/220'



Market Drayton, Shropshire, West Midlands, England, TF9 3SL, United Kingdom


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Market Drayton101

Market Drayton

1Ashley Rawlins Goalkeeper
2Jack Sweeney Defender
3James Dutton Defender
4Angeli Franco Midfielder 13'
5Joe Care Defender
6Jordan Jones Defender
7Cameron East 15 Midfielder
8Harry Farnsworth Midfielder
9Eshan Greer Forward
10Matthew Johnson Forward
11Brendon Price 12 Midfielder
12Reuban Mackay 11 Midfielder
14Adam Lawrence Goalkeeper
15Panashe Madama 7 Midfielder


1Jim Atkinson Goalkeeper
2Matty Clarke Defender
3Keelan Leslie Midfielder
4Dan Wordsworth Defender
5Sam Smith Defender
6Ceiran Casson Midfielder
7Dav Symington Midfielder
8Brad Hubbold Midfielder
9Scott Fenwick Forward
10Conor Tinnion Midfielder
11Nic Evangelinos Midfielder
12Brad Carroll Midfielder
14Scott Allison Forward
16Reuben Jerome Forward 83'
17Liam Lightfoot Defender
21Danny Eccles Goalkeeper
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