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Workington AFC 2-1 Clitheroe

Workington AFC 2-1 Clitheroe



As dramatic finishes go, this one will live long in the memory.  Not so the actual performance, which was way off the mark in the first half, but more the pulsating finale which epitomised the undoubted character in the side.

Reuben Jerome had got Reds back into the game with a well taken equaliser ten minutes into the second half but his late, late winner was even better sending the supporters, young and old alike, into delirious celebration. 

Reds were off the pace in the first half, second to the ball most of the time and generally well below par which enabled a good Clitheroe outfit to take a grip on the game.  In a half of few clear-cut chances, they had gone in front after twenty two minutes when Reds failed to deal with a free-kick.

Ben Ascroft

Debutant stop-gap ‘keeper, Ben Ascroft, kept out the original shot but, in the goal mouth scramble which followed,  Chris Smalley forced the ball home from close range.

Reds were too frenetic, lacked composure in front of goal and the half chances which came their way were squandered.

Manager Danny Grainger admitted afterwards that his half time address was not the usual calm and composed delivery and more a criticism of a first half performance simply not good enough.

And it got a response from the players who gradually clawed their way back into the game.

They were level ten minutes after the restart after a sublime assist from Conor Tinnion created the opening.  The skipper, fresh to the game after his introduction as a substitute, floated the ball into space and Jerome read the situation before emphatically sending the ball past the previously untroubled Chris Thompson.

Reds claims for a penalty soon after were ignored by referee, Helen Conley. Jerome was about to shoot for goal but ended up on the turf as play continued.

Clitheroe then squandered a good chance to regain the lead when the impressive Conor Gaul broke through but dragged his shot wide.

David Lynch

And as the second half elapsed without either goalkeeper having to make a save of note, it looked as though a draw would be the most likely outcome.  Clitheroe had certainly settled for a point, Reds were keen to convert one into three but couldn’t break down a solid back line.

Then, well into the time added on, Jerome took matters into his own hands with a brilliant winner.  He gathered the ball on the left and made progress infield before eventually sending the ball into the far corner of the net to spark wild scenes from the entire playing staff and the ecstatic home support.

Workington: Ascroft, Kelly (Clarke, 53), Brockbank, Wordsworth, Smith, Casson, Symington (Bowman, 77), Carroll (Tinnion, 53), Jerome, Allison, Hubbold.  Substitutes – Holt, Potts (not used).

Clitheroe: Thompson, Cummings, Lonsdale, Smalley, Priestley, Muir, Adams (Gooden, 56), Dent (O’Neill, 64), Hobson (Wilkins, 81), Gaul, Stopforth.  Substitutes – Foulds, Pilkington (not used).

Referee: Helen Conley, Bishop Auckland

Bookings: Kelly, Wordsworth (Workington), Dent (Clitheroe)

Attendance: 400

Match photos by Ben Challis




Date Time League Season
20/10/2020 19:45 North West Division North West Division 2020/21


Borough Park
New Bridge Road, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT


Team1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Workington AFC022

Workington AFC

1Ben Ascroft Goalkeeper
2Jay Kelly 12 Defender 21'
3Liam Brockbank Defender
4Dan Wordsworth Defender 66'
5Sam Smith Defender
6Ceiran Casson Midfielder
7Dav Symington 15 Midfielder
8Brad Carroll 17 Midfielder
9Reuben Jerome Forward 55', 90'
10Scott Allison Forward
11Brad Hubbold Midfielder
12Matty Clarke 2 Defender
14Jordan Holt Midfielder
15Charlie Bowman 7 Forward
16Louis Potts Forward
17Conor Tinnion 8 Midfielder


1Chris Thompson Goalkeeper
2Terry Cummings Defender
3Cole Lonsdale Defender
4Chris Smalley Defender 22'
5Billy Priestley Defender 22'
6Oliver Muir Midfielder
7Kielen Adams 14 Midfielder
8Ross Dent 15 Midfielder 45'
9Craig Hobson 12 Forward
10Connor Gaul Forward
11Gary Stopforth Midfielder
12Danny Wilkins 9 Forward
14Iywrah Gooden 7 Midfielder
15Oscar O’Neill 8 Midfielder
16Markell Foulds Defender
17Danny Pilkington Midfielder
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
Own Goals

KO KO 21 22 22 45 52 52 55 56 63 66 76 79 90 FT
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