NPL West NPL West 21/22

Borough ParkNew Bridge Road, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT

Workington AFC
Borough Park, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT
City of Liverpool
Syncreon Arena Ellesmere Port Cheshire CH66 1NJ
3 - 0
Final Score
Dav Symington - 1 (47')Nic Evangelinos - 1 (54')Dan Wordsworth - 1 (75')
Game Statistics
0Yellow cards0
0Red cards0
0Corner Kick0
0Shots on Goal0
Pass Accuracy
Shot Accuracy
Pass Accuracy
Shot Accuracy
Game Timeline
Ethan Devine
Elliot Johnston
Dav Symington
Nic Evangelinos
Ceiran Casson
Mitchell Bryant
Charlie Bowman
Iyrwah Gooden
Dan Wordsworth
Sam Smith
Andy Kanga


An excellent follow-up result from Saturday’s opening win at Kidsgrove, Reds dominated from start to finish and three second half goals rubber-stamped an impressive performance.

Had it been a boxing bout, the referee might have stopped the contest at half time, such was Reds dominance, but City’s resilience was finally broken early in the second half.

Once in front, Reds turned the screw and the visitors never looked capable of grabbing a consolation goal.

It took a wonderful free-kick from Dav Symington two minutes after the restart to set the hosts on the path to victory.  Brad Carroll had been fouled just outside the area and with the left-footed Conor Tinnion and right-footed Symington hovering over the ball, Liverpool ‘keeper Theo Roberts might have been hoping for help from his four man wall.

But Symington’s sublime shot evaded the wall and flew into the top corner of the net with Roberts well and truly beaten.

The same two players had been involved in the last significant action of the first half but it was Roberts who came out on top on that occasion.  Symington had sent the ball goal-wards with a ferocious shot but Roberts dived to his right and palmed the ball to safety via the upright.

It had been one-way traffic towards Roberts’ goal in the first half but some wayward finishing meant it was still goalless at the break.

Carroll, twice, and Sam Smith shot wide with three early opportunities then Roberts dealt with two well struck efforts, which were on target, thwarting Symington and Carroll, again.

When Nic Evangelinos dragged another attempt wide and Symington was denied by the save of the match, Workington supporters might have feared the time honoured scenario of C o L opening the scoring with their first effort of note.

That didn’t happen, thankfully.

Instead we had three players grabbing their first goal of the season as Chris Willcock’s side romped to victory.

The Liverpool side play a good brand of football but they just weren’t allowed into their stride and Workington won every individual battle in defence, midfield and up front.

They doubled the lead via the penalty spot with the referee awarding a spot kick for what appeared a trivial matter, having earlier turned down appeals for a more robust challenge.

Evangelinos (inset) was given the opportunity from the spot and he converted his first league goal for the club, sending the ball in the opposite direction to Roberts’ dive after fifty five minutes.

Brad Hubbold’s sweetly struck volley sank into the goalkeeper’s midriff as Reds looked for a third goal and Reuben Jerome’s superb run towards goal was ended by a magnificent tackle by City skipper, Ryan Schofield.

But the third goal did come from a corner routine in the seventy-fifth minute.  Tinnion floated the ball towards the far post, Smith headed back across the face of goal and Dan Wordsworth nodded home from close range to seal a comprehensive win.

Even the mercurial Jack Hazelhurst couldn’t inspire City and his off target volley just before the end just about summed up their evening.

Former Workington hero, Jonny Wright, watched from the terraces and was suitably impressed.  “That was some performance – from start to finish,” he said.    

Sentiments echoed by manager Willcock, “Excellent, we’ll take 3-0, move on to Saturday and see what develops.”

Workington Atkinson, Clarke, Charlton, Wordsworth, Smith, Hubbold, Symington, Carroll (Casson, 58), Jerome (Bowman, 71), Tinnion, Evangelinos (Gooden, 77).  Substitutes – Allison, Eccles (not used).

City of Liverpool Roberts, Hughes, Hinnigan, Schofield, Isherwood, Rydel, Rigby (Johnston, 46) Aley (Mandjoba, 78), Bryant, Hazelhurst, Kirby (Devine, 78).  Substitutes – Sample, Brookfield (not used).

Referee Chris Joyce

Booking Mitchell Bryant (City of Liverpool)

Attendance 604


DateTimeLeagueSeasonFull Time
17/08/202119:45NPL WestNPL West 21/2290'


Borough Park

New Bridge Road, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
City of Liverpool000


1Jim Atkinson Goalkeeper
2Matty Clarke Defender
3Kieran Charlton Defender
4Dan Wordsworth Defender 75'
5Sam Smith Defender 75'
6Brad Hubbold Midfielder
7Dav Symington Midfielder 47'
8Brad Carroll 14 Midfielder
9Reuben Jerome 12 Forward
10Conor Tinnion Midfielder
11Nic Evangelinos 16 Midfielder 54'
12Charlie Bowman 9 Forward
14Ceiran Casson 8 Midfielder
15Scott Allison Forward
16Iyrwah Gooden 11 Midfielder
21Danny Eccles Goalkeeper

City of Liverpool

1Theo Roberts Goalkeeper
2Adam Hughes Defender
3Jack Hinnigan Defender
4Ryan Schofield Defender
5Louis Isherwood Defender
6Ben Rydel Midfielder
7Stephen Rigby 15 Midfielder
8Zach Aley 14 Midfielder
9Mitchell Bryant Forward 70'
10Jack Hazlehurst Midfielder
11James Kirby 12 Forward
12Ethan Devine 11 Midfielder
14Andy Kanga 8 Midfielder
15Elliot Johnston 7 Midfielder
16Harvey Sample Forward
17Ryan Brookfield Goalkeeper
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