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Morecambe FC v. Workington AFC

Morecambe FC v. Workington AFC



Reds produced a valiant display in Lancashire last night, losing 1-0 to League Two Morecambe on a wet and wild evening.

Danny Grainger’s side did well to keep the coasters at bay for the vast majority of the match, with the EFL outfit only breaking our barrier on one occasion during the evenly-contested game.

Substitute Cole Stockton’s 54th-minute strike saw the Shrimps claim a narrow victory, having been on the back foot before changing almost their entire XI at half-time.

Grainger’s men made the journey to the well-secured and welcoming Mazuma Stadium coming off the back of another narrow 1-0 loss at Gainsborough Trinity last Saturday – another higher tier outfit.

As the lashing North Lancs rain stopped just before 19:45, Derek Adams’ side almost slipped up early on, with Ruben Jerome and Conor Tinnion both having close attempts for us in the opening exchanges.

Morecambe then turned the screw for a short period midway through the first half, testing Reds’ centre-backs Dan Wordsworth and Jordan Little but to no avail.

The pair, who played the full 90 minutes along with midfielder Brad Hubbold, were near-imperious as Sam Smith also shone at left-back for the Reds-dominated first 45.

The hosts had to make a change after 21 minutes as goalkeeper Mark Halstead went off injured for Newcastle United loanee Jake Turner.

The visitors then regained the stronghold and had all of the opportunities towards the end of proceedings, which began to garner worthy praise from the few inside the Covid-secure stadium.

As the interval loomed, Reds pushed for an opener but went into the break with a fantastic 45 minutes under their belts.

Then came the Shrimps’ eight changes, as former Carlisle United and Heart of Midlothian striker Cole Stockton took just eight minutes to make an impact.

After good work from Carlos Mendes-Gomes, Jordan Slew did well on the left-hand edge of the penalty area to lob a ball into Stockton, who finished well under pressure as the clocked ticked to 54.

The game then became more end-to-end after Morecambe broke the deadlock, as Louis Potts went close between some super Jim Atkinson saves.

In the latter stages, both defences began to lapse and a flurry of half-chances ensued, but no one could add to the solitary Stockton strike.

Regular fourth division referee Darren Handley’s full-time whistle blew to the sound of ‘job done’ from the home team and plenty of plaudits to the away, following a performance Grainger was ‘immensely proud of.’

Adams also complimented Reds, telling his club’s website: “Workington were tough opponents and I’m sure they will do well in their league this year.

“They passed the ball around well got into good areas and that was good for us as we had to work really hard for the 90 minutes.”

After Thursday and Saturday training sessions, we’ll welcome Cleator Moor Celtic and Lancaster City as we return to Borough Park next week.

Details of those spectator-limited matches are here.

Reds starting XI: Jim Atkinson (GK), Jay Kelly, Sam Smith, Dan Wordsworth, Jordan Little, Brad Carroll, Louis Potts, Brad Hubbold, Ruben Jerome, Charlie Bowman, Conor Tinnion

Substitutes: Matty Clarke, Liam Brockbank, Jordan Holt, Ceiran Casson, Scott Allison, Robbie Hebson, Dav Symington, Mikey Watson (GK)

Morecambe starting XI: Mark Halstead (GK), Harry Davis, Alex Kenyon, Luke Conlan, John O’Sullivan, Ben Pringle, Liam McAlinden, Adam Phillips, Ryan Cooney, Ibrahim Bakare, Freddie Price

Substitutes: Jake Turner (GK), Kelvin Mellor, Stephen Hendrie, Nathaniel Knight-Percival, Jordan Slew, Toumani Diagouraga, Cole Stockton, Aaron Wildig, Carlos Mendes-Gomes


Date Time Season
25/08/2020 19:45 Friendlies 2020/21


Mazuma Stadium
Mazuma Stadium, Christie Way, Morecambe, Lancashire, LA4 4TB


Team1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Morecambe FC011
Workington AFC000

Morecambe FC

12Mark Halstead 1 Goalkeeper
6Harry Davis Defender
14Alex Kenyon 2 Midfielder
15Luke Conlan 3 Defender
16John O’Sullivan Forward
18Ben Pringle 8 Midfielder
19Liam McAlinden 7 Forward
20Adam Phillips 9 Midfielder
21Ryan Cooney 4 Defender
22Ibrahim Bakare 10 Defender
23Freddie Price 11 Midfielder
1Jake Turner 12 Goalkeeper
2Kelvin Mellor 14 Midfielder
3Stephen Hendrie 15 Defender
4Nathaniel Knight-Percival 21 Defender 62'
7Jordan Slew 19 Forward
8Toumani Diagouraga 18 Midfielder 51'
9Cole Stockton 20 Forward 54'
10Aaron Wildig 22 Midfielder
11Carlos Mendes Gomes 23 Forward 54'

Workington AFC

1Jim Atkinson 21 Goalkeeper
2Jay Kelly 12 Defender
3Sam Smith 14 Defender
4Dan Wordsworth Defender
5Jordan Little Defender
6Brad Carroll 16 Midfielder 13'
7Louis Potts Forward
8Brad Hubbold Midfielder
9Reuben Jerome 17 Forward
10Charlie Bowman 19 Forward
11Conor Tinnion 15 Midfielder
12Matty Clarke 2 Defender
14Liam Brockbank 3 Defender
15Jordan Holt 11 Midfielder
16Ceiran Casson 6 Midfielder
17Scott Allison 9 Forward
18Robbie Hebson 19 Midfielder
19Dav Symington 18 Midfielder
21Mikey Watson 1 Goalkeeper
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
Own Goals

KO KO 13 21 46 46 46 46 46 46 46 46 46 46 51 54 54 55 55 55 55 62 64 87 FT
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