Mount Pleasant15 Mount Pleasant Ave, Marske-by-the-Sea, Redcar TS11 7BW, UK

Marske United
Mount Pleasant Mount Pleasant Avenue Marske by the Sea Cleveland TS11 7BW
Workington AFC
Borough Park, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT
1 - 2
Final Score
Connor Simpson - 1 (83')
Lewis Reilly - 1 (12')Dav Symington - 1 (62')
Game Statistics
0Yellow cards0
0Red cards0
0Corner Kick0
0Shots on Goal0
Pass Accuracy
Shot Accuracy
Pass Accuracy
Shot Accuracy
Game Timeline
Tom Mahone
Lewis Reilly
Steven Rigg
Trialist A
Rob Guilfoyle
Jordan Palmer
Ceiran Casson
Dav Symington
Connor Simpson
Keelan Leslie
DJ Taylor
Connor Simpson
Aidan Howarth



Reds rounded off a testing two months of pre-season with a deserved victory on the east coast and are now fully focused on the league opener v. Mossley on Saturday.

Manager Danny Grainger expressed his delight on a decent performance after a few hiccups throughout the summer.

“It hasn’t been easy with injuries, Covid and holidays, and even having to cancel a scheduled friendly at one point, but we are just about ready for the season proper now,” he said.

“Today’s excellent performance has given Ruddy (Steven Rudd) and I a selection headache ahead of next week with the starting XI and the substitutes all pressing their claims for a shirt next week.”

Marske, now a Step 3 club, could only name three substitutes whilst Reds included seven on the team sheet with another seven not available for selection.  Included on the bench was the most recent recruit, DJ Taylor, with an unnamed Trialist putting in an impressive shift at the heart of the defence. 

Marske registered the first shot on target after nine minutes but Danny Eccles made a routine save in his first outing of pre-season.

And three minutes later Reds opened the scoring with a well worked goal.  Dav Symington found James Hooper with a fine diagonal pass, the latter fed the marauding Tom Mahone down the right and his low cross into the area was fumbled by United ‘keeper, Ryan Catterick.  Lewis Reilly reacted first to the rebound and drove home his seventh goal of the summer from close range.

Symington went close to extending the lead soon after when a ferocious left foot shot just cleared Catterick’s crossbar.

Workington’s play was tidy and efficient, Marske more wasteful with little end product.

But both sides were denied by excellent saves towards the end of a very warm first half.

Eccles’ brilliant reflex stop kept out Jason Kennedy’s header at one end whilst Catterick dived full length to push away a Reuben Jerome shot at the other.

Bobby Carroll was having his best game for Reds, giving a midfield master-class, and he fed Hooper through the inside right channel.  Hooper looked a good bet to grab Reds’ second but Catterick advanced quickly to block the shot – a great save or a bad miss?

But that deserved second goal did come after sixty two minutes.  Steven Rigg was hauled to the ground when breaking through and ‘you know who’ did the rest from the subsequent free-kick.

We all knew the script, and I suspect the Marske defence did too, but Symington still found the gap between near post and goalkeeper for a superb second.

Reds controlled the game until the eightieth minute mark but Marske came into the picture in the closing stages and almost salvaged a draw with a late rally.

They reduced the arrears seven minutes from the end when the 6’ 5” Connor Simpson scored with a fine goal when the ball was headed down to him and, in their next attack, the slightly shorter Adam Wheatley saw a thumping far post header rattle Eccles’ right hand upright.

But Reds’ makeshift defence, even more unfamiliar at that point, survived a flurry of corners to complete a hard fought win.

No points at stake, of course, but the aim will be all three next week.

Marske United: Catterick, Smith, Curl (Trialist, 60), Butterworth (Guilfoyle, 60), Storey, Wheatley, MacDonald, Gell, Boyes, Hopson (Simpson, 74), Kennedy.

Workington: Eccles, Mahone (Howarth, 84), Birch (Leslie, 75), Trialist, Lightfoot (Casson, 60), Carroll, Symington, Hooper (Palmer, 60), Reilly (Taylor, 80), Jerome (Rigg, 50), Tinnion.  Substitute: Paden-Gale (not used). 

Referee: Liam Smith, Middlesbrough

Yellow card: Carroll (Workington)

Attendance: 161


DateTimeSeasonFull Time
06/08/202215:00Friendlies 22/230'


Mount Pleasant

15 Mount Pleasant Ave, Marske-by-the-Sea, Redcar TS11 7BW, UK


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Marske United011

Marske United

1Ryan Catterick Goalkeeper
2Connor Smith Defender
3Dom Curl 14 Defender
4Glen Butterworth 15 Midfielder
5Alex Storey Defender
6Adam Wheatley Defender
7Josh MacDonald Midfielder
8Adam Gell Midfielder
9Adam Boyes Forward
10Dale Hopson 12 Midfielder
11Jason Kennedy Midfielder
12Connor Simpson 10 Forward 83'
14Trialist A 3
15Rob Guilfoyle 4 Forward


1Danny Eccles Goalkeeper
2Tom Mahone 14 Midfielder 12'
3Charlie Birch 16 Defender
4Trialist 1 Defender
5Liam Lightfoot 18 Defender
6Bobby Carroll Midfielder
7Dav Symington Midfielder 62'
8James Hooper 15 Midfielder
9Lewis Reilly 17 Forward 12'
10Reuben Jerome 12 Forward
11Conor Tinnion Midfielder
12Steven Rigg 10 Forward
14Aidan Howarth 2 Defender
15Jordan Palmer 8 Forward
16Keelan Leslie 3 Midfielder
17DJ Taylor 9 Midfielder
18Ceiran Casson 5 Midfielder
21Scott Paden-Gale Goalkeeper
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