NPL West NPL West 21/22

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

Workington AFC
Borough Park, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT
Kendal Town
ST&B Accountants Stadium Parkside Road Kendal LA9 7BL
2 - 0
Final Score
Conor Tinnion - 2 (20', 69')
Game Statistics
0Yellow cards0
0Red cards0
0Corner Kick0
0Shots on Goal0
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Game Timeline
Matty Clarke
Tommy Grindrod
Conor Tinnion
Gary Basterfield
Chris Wraighte
Scott Allison
Steven Rigg
Brad Hubbold
Kris Smith
Conor Tinnion
Reuben Jerome
Plamedi Kinkela
Conor Tinnion


It was a red letter day for the Tinnion twins as they attended their first ever game at Borough Park.

The ten month old brothers, Jack and Louis, were in town to cheer on dad, Conor, and his colleagues in the final home game of the regular season when Kendal Town came calling. 

Like the rest of us, the twins will have forgotten about the game already but what a fairy tale introduction to life on the terraces, having a goal dedicated to you by the Workington skipper.  The two sublime goals from dad, one in each half, will be mentioned at every family gathering for years to come.

The two exquisite free kicks also kept alive Reds’ title aspirations with the Northern Premier League West Division prize on hold until the final Saturday of the season.  Reds have to win at Market Drayton Town and hope Warrington Rylands fail to claim maximum points from their home clash against Bootle.

Any other scenario and Chris Willcock’s side will extend their season into the play-offs although, after guaranteeing a second place finish at least, will have home advantage in the knock out games.

This game will live long in the memory for its mediocrity, yet a blessing that such a poor opponent should be presented after the physically and mentally demanding fixture at Marine just forty eight hours earlier.

Once Reds had established the lead, there was never any doubt about the outcome but the performance didn’t match the occasion in front of a bumper, sun-drenched crowd.

However, it could have been so different just ten minutes into the game had the officials reacted differently to a controversial incident involving Town’s Tommy Grindrod and Reds’ Matty Clarke.  The Kendal player clattered into Clarke from behind, prompting an uncharacteristic response from the ever-present Workington defender.

He retaliated with an intended head butt which saw the Kendal player drop to the turf.  Whether the two officials got a good view of the incident is debateable because the supporters in the vicinity expected Clarke to be shown a red card.

A yellow was a fortunate reprieve for Clarke but probably the right punishment for Grindrod.

Ten minutes later, Workington took the lead to compound Kendal’s frustration.

 Donte Thompson-Prempeh fouled Tinnion just outside the area in the twentieth minute, and the Reds skipper punished the visitors by curling a measured shot beyond James McClenaghan for a superb opening goal, Workington’s seventieth of the season.

Town should have levelled matters when Dan Wordsworth’s weak back pass was intercepted by Eric Yahaya but, with only Jim Atkinson to beat, the Town front man never looked confident of scoring and allowed the ‘keeper to smother the ball as he contemplated what to do.

That was the only scare, other than the Clarke incident.                   

Workington doubled their lead mid way through the second half with maestro Tinnion once again finding the net with a wonderful free kick – almost a carbon copy of the first.  This was his 69th career goal and netted in the sixty-ninth minute, how apt.

Surely Reds would go on and put Town to the sword but McClenaghan had other ideas. He thwarted Dav Symington, Reuben Jerome and Clarke with routine saves and Tinnion squandered an opportunity to complete a hat-trick when he dragged the ball wide when breaking through unchallenged.

The focus now switches to Reds’ thirty-eighth and final league game of a superb season but even a win in Shropshire may not be enough!

Workington: Atkinson, Clarke, Leslie, Wordsworth, Smith, Casson, Symington (Jerome, 71), Rigg (Hubbold, 60), Fenwick, Tinnion, Evangelinos (Allison, 57).  Substitutes – Lightfoot L, Lawrence (not used).

Kendal Town: McClenaghan, Gourley (Kinkela, 78), Basterfield, Dewhurst, Nightingale, Grindrod, Fagan, Huddleston, Makepeace, Thompson-Prempeh (Smith, 65), Yahaya (Wraighte, 52).  Substitute – Cross (not used).

Referee: Sam Parnaby, Bishop Auckland

Bookings: Clarke, Rigg, Tinnion (Workington), Grindrod, Basterfield, Wraighte (Kendal Town)

Attendance: 1,326


DateTimeLeagueSeasonFull Time
18/04/202215:00NPL WestNPL West 21/220'


Borough Park

New Bridge Road, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Kendal Town000


1Jim Atkinson Goalkeeper
2Matty Clarke Defender 11'
3Keelan Leslie Midfielder
4Dan Wordsworth Defender
5Sam Smith Defender
6Ceiran Casson Midfielder
7Dav Symington 14 Midfielder
8Steven Rigg 15 Forward 59'
9Scott Fenwick Forward
10Conor Tinnion Midfielder 20', 69'
11Nic Evangelinos 12 Midfielder
12Scott Allison 11 Forward
14Reuben Jerome 7 Forward
15Brad Hubbold 8 Midfielder
16Liam Lightfoot Defender
17Donae Lawrence Forward

Kendal Town

1James McClenaghan Goalkeeper
2Cameron Gourley 14 Defender
3Gary Basterfield Forward 23'
4Harli Dewhurst Defender
5Darren Nightingale Defender
6Tommy Grindrod Midfielder 11'
7Thomas Fagan Midfielder
8Keallen Huddleston Midfielder
9Kian Makepeace Forward
10Donte Thompson Prempeh 12 Forward
11Eric Yahaya 16 Forward
12Kris Smith 10 Midfielder
14Plamedi Kinkela 2 Midfielder
15Mason Cross Forward
16Chris Wraighte 11 Midfielder
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