NPL West NPL West 21/22

Red Industries StadiumLyme Drive, Springfields, Stoke, Stoke-on-Trent, West Midlands, England, ST4 6PQ, United Kingdom

Newcastle Town
Red Industries Stadium Newcastle Staffordshire ST5 3BX
Workington AFC
Borough Park, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT
1 - 1
Final Score
Jack Van Der Laan - 1 (34')
Matty Clarke - 1 (42')
Game Statistics
0Yellow cards0
0Red cards0
0Corner Kick0
0Shots on Goal0
Pass Accuracy
Shot Accuracy
Pass Accuracy
Shot Accuracy
Game Timeline
Max Raine
Jack Van Der Laan
Jim Atkinson
Matty Clarke
Ryan Baxter
Challis Johnson
Reuben Jerome
Brad Carroll
Jack Van Der Laan


Such is the expectation on Reds’ shoulders this season, this hard fought draw was looked upon as a disappointing result by the frustrated travelling support.

Yes it was a well below par performance overall, but are we expecting too much, too soon?

We have gone on about the injury situation since the first week of the season and, now players are starting to gradually return, every supporter is expecting the same levels of performance prior to the countless number of lay-offs.  It will take time to get everyone firing on all cylinders and we all have to show a little patience.

This was a tough afternoon for Reds against a hard-working Newcastle outfit and, considering the levels of fitness from some individuals, was a fair result.  They had to defend numerous long throws into the box and eight corners and, generally, kept the hosts at arm’s length.

But there was certainly a lack of fluency in the attacking third of the pitch and when the few half chances came our way there was little composure or that cutting edge needed to convert near misses into something more tangible.

Connor Gaul was involved in both goals during a spell in the first half.  It was his unnecessary challenge on Jack van der Laan in the apex of the penalty area which resulted in a thirty fourth minute spot-kick.  Before the Newcastle player converted, Reds’ keeper, Jim Atkinson, was rightly booked for trying to distract the taker. 

Matty Clarke – Reds’ scorer

But Gaul quickly got over the disappointment and atoned for his error in the forty second minute.  It was his astute reverse pass which released Matty Clarke into the area and the popular defender drove home his first ever goal for the club with an unerring finish.

On the stroke of half time, Reds came close to taking the lead.  Rowan Roache’s assist was met by Dan Wordsworth but the defender’s header hit the crossbar much to ‘Castle’s relief. 

Had that gone in, it would have probably been undeserved but accepted regardless!

A positive end to the first half suggested better was to come in the second and they certainly started with intent.  Steven Rigg’s shot was kept out with an unconventional save by Owen Mooney and Conor Tinnion headed narrowly wide from a Roache corner but Reds never seriously threatened after that.

Ryan Baxter squandered Newcastle’s best chance of the second half heading inches over the bar when he should have scored and Atkinson comfortably saved Nathan Morley’s well struck shot from distance.

A bit of desperation crept in before the end and wayward shots from Brad Carroll, Tinnion and Ceiran Casson ensured it would be just the one point obtained rather than the hoped for three.  

Newcastle Town: Mooney, Jarman, Raine, Vale, Askey, Dennis, Berks (Baxter, 46), van der Laan T, Arber (Johnson, 66), van der Laan J, Morley.  Substitutes – Chimenes, Harrison, Roberts (not used).

Workington: Atkinson, Clarke, Charlton, Wordsworth, Smith, Casson, Roache, Carroll, Rigg, Tinnion, Gaul (Jerome, 66).  Substitutes – Bowman, Gooden, Lawrence, Eccles (not used).

Referee: Ben Robinson

Bookings: Raine, Jack van der Laan (Newcastle Town), Atkinson, Carroll (Workington).

Attendance: 145


DateTimeLeagueSeasonFull Time
16/10/202115:00NPL WestNPL West 21/2290'


Red Industries Stadium

Lyme Drive, Springfields, Stoke, Stoke-on-Trent, West Midlands, England, ST4 6PQ, United Kingdom


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Newcastle Town101

Newcastle Town

1Owen Mooney Goalkeeper
2Lewis Jarman Defender
3Max Raine Defender 28'
4Ethan Vale Midfielder
5James Askey Defender
6Luke Dennis Defender
7Joseph Berks 15 Midfielder
8Tommy Van Der Laan Midfielder
9Declan Arber 16 Forward
10Jack Van Der Laan Midfielder 34'
11Nathan Morley Midfielder
12Maxwell Chimenes Midfielder
14Matthew Harrison Defender
15Ryan Baxter 7 Forward
16Challis Johnson 9 Forward
17Josh Roberts Midfielder


1Jim Atkinson Goalkeeper 34'
2Matty Clarke Defender 42'
3Kieran Charlton Defender
4Dan Wordsworth Defender
5Sam Smith Defender
6Ceiran Casson Midfielder
7Rowan Roache Midfielder
8Brad Carroll Midfielder 82'
9Steven Rigg Forward
10Conor Tinnion Midfielder
11Connor Gaul 12 Forward
12Reuben Jerome 11 Forward
14Charlie Bowman Forward
15Iyrwah Gooden Midfielder
16Donae Lawrence Forward
21Danny Eccles Goalkeeper
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