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

Workington AFC
Borough Park, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT
Lancaster City
Giant Axe West Road Lancaster Lancashire LA1 5PE
1 - 2
Final Score
Steven Rigg - 1 (65')
Niall Cowperthwaite - 1 (33')Rob Wilson - 1 (79')
Game Statistics
0 Yellow cards 0
0 Red cards 0
0 Corner Kick 0
0 Saves 0
0 Shots on Goal 0
0 Shots 0
Pass Accuracy
Shot Accuracy
Pass Accuracy
Shot Accuracy
Game Timeline
Sam Bailey
Niall Cowperthwaite
Lewis Fensome
Trialist 1
Joel Darley
Simon Wills
Rob Wilson
Sam Smith
Steven Rigg
Dan Wordsworth
Rob Wilson
Charlie Bowman
Robbie Hebson


Chris Willcock’s first game in charge at Borough Park ended in frustration and a narrow defeat despite their domination against a re-jigged City side.

City’s line-up had more to do with an outstanding County Cup final they have to play this week than their probable starting XI for the League, whilst Reds were without the injured trio of Scott Allison, Ceiran Casson and Jordan Little plus the unavailable Iyrwah Gooden.   

And although this was scheduled to be the final friendly, the manager will try and squeeze another game in before they start the season proper at Kidsgrove on the 14th August.

“I felt we should have won the game comfortably,” was Willcock’s assessment, based on the amount of possession enjoyed throughout the game, then added, “but our mistakes magnify what became a disappointing defeat.”  

It certainly hasn’t been a seamless transition between Danny Grainger’s departure and the new manager’s arrival but he feels they are gradually moving in the right direction.

Best chance for Reds during the first half fell to David Symington after Steven Rigg’s diagonal assist released him down the right.  He advanced towards goal but, as Sam Ashton advanced off his line, he guided the ball the wrong side of the far post.

Brad Carroll and Reuben Jerome linked well in another promising attack but the former was unable to toe-poke past the ‘keeper.

City were more clinical when their first chance came along after thirty three minutes.  Sam Bailey swung a free-kick towards the far post, the ball was headed back into the danger area and it was Niall Cowperthwaite, a player who spent two spells at Borough Park, who deflected the ball into the Town End net.

It was twenty minutes into the second half before Reds seriously threatened the City goal and two corners in quick succession did unsettle the orange-shirted rearguard.  Sam Smith’s looping header might have found the top corner of the City net until the back-pedalling Matt Alexander intervened, palming the ball to safety.

Tinnion’s second corner was deeper but again found Smith at the far post.  He headed the ball back into the ‘mix’ and Rigg reacted to score his first Workington goal at Borough Park.

Reds looked capable of going on to win from that point but Alexander’s save to deny Symington proved a turning point.

City finished the stronger as Reds faded in the final quarter of an hour.  

The winning goal was a combination of tired bodies making mistakes but Dan Wordsworth paid the penalty, literally!  Although he had his back to Joel Darley, his attempted clearance was high and dangerous and, with the Lancaster substitute falling in a heap two yards inside the area, the referee awarded the spot-kick.  Harsh, but probably the correct decision.

Another former Workington player, Rob Wilson, stepped forward and converted to secure a narrow win for Mark Fell’s Premier Division outfit.

Workington: Atkinson, Clarke, Charlton, Wordsworth, Smith, Hubbold, Rigg, Carroll, Jerome (Hebson, 87), Tinnion, Symington (Bowman, 83).  Substitutes – Lightfoot C, Howarth, Houghton, Eccles (not used).

Lancaster City: Ashton (Alexander), Sloan, Bailey S, Hudson, Steel, Anderson, Dawson, Cowperthwaite, Kilifin, Norris, Mills.  Substitutes – Teague, Wills, Fensome, Trialist, Darley, Trialist, Wilson.

Referee: Scott Henry, Carlisle

Booking: Wordsworth (Workington)

Attendance: 248

Match photos: Ben Challis



Date Time Season Full Time
31/07/2021 15:00 Friendlies 21/22 90'


Borough Park

New Bridge Road, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT


Team1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Lancaster City112


1Jim Atkinson Goalkeeper
2Matty Clarke Defender
3Kieran Charlton Defender
4Dan Wordsworth Defender 78'
5Sam Smith Defender 65'
6Brad Hubbold Midfielder
7Steven Rigg Forward 65'
8Brad Carroll Midfielder
9Reuben Jerome 14 Forward
10Conor Tinnion Midfielder
11Dav Symington 12 Midfielder
12Charlie Bowman 11 Forward
14Robbie Hebson 9 Midfielder
15Carl Lightfoot Midfielder
16Aidan Howarth Defender
17Tom Houghton Forward
21Danny Eccles Goalkeeper

Lancaster City

1Sam Ashton 13 Goalkeeper
2Christian Sloan Defender
3Sam Bailey Defender 33'
4Ben Hudson Defender
5Glenn Steel 15 Defender
6Ben Anderson Defender
7Paul Dawson 14 Midfielder
8Niall Cowperthwaite 16 Midfielder 33'
9Tom Kilifin 20 Forward
10David Norris 17 Midfielder
11Joel Mills
12Andrew Teague Defender
13Matthew Alexander 1 Goalkeeper
14Simon Wills 7 Midfielder
15Lewis Fensome 5 Defender
16Trialist 1 8 Midfielder
17Joel Darley 10 Forward
20Rob Wilson 9 Midfielder 79'
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