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Workington AFC 2-0 Mossley

Workington AFC 2-0 Mossley

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Recap

Manager Danny Grainger described it as a ‘tired performance’ but it was still good enough to win more comfortably than the score line suggests.

Mossley rarely troubled Jim Atkinson and it was their teenage goalkeeper who impressed the most with a confident display preventing Reds from netting a few more.

Liam Lovell looked competent throughout and excelled with two second half saves in particular.  The first denied what would have been a deserved goal for Jordan Holt when he acrobatically tipped the ball over the bar and the second saw him quickly off his line to block a Scott Allison volley.

The ‘keeper was a touch unlucky with the first goal and may question himself over the second but, generally, he performed well.

And although Reds were not at their fluent best the spine of the team was in good nick with excellent contributions from Dan Wordsworth, Holt and Allison.  Add to that the productive runs down the flanks from Liam Brockbank and Jay Kelly and there was enough to see Grainger’s side home with a bit to spare.

Reds had been in front from the twenty-first minute but there is always that natural anxiety until the second goal is scored and, although Mossley didn’t create too much to worry about, there was a touch of apprehension on the terraces at 1-0.

It was Allison’s deft flick that broke the deadlock.  Brad Hubbold’s original free kick had been blocked and with the ball pinging about between defenders and attackers, Reds’ top scorer reacted instinctively and the ball went in the opposite direction to the unfortunate Lovell.

When Louis Potts reacted quickly to a Sam Smith header which rebounded to him off the post, we thought we had the insurance of the second goal but the assistant referee was flagging for offside.

And we were into the final ten minutes before the second goal duly arrived.  Dav Symington had made his comeback via the bench ten minutes earlier and struggled to get into the game after his enforced lay-off.  But he announced his return with a typical audacious strike from a free kick to double the lead eight minutes from the end.

The free kick was thirty yards from goal and Mossley opted not to set up a defensive wall.  And although the strike wasn’t as good as the one he thumped into the same net during the half time warm-up, it found a way past Lovell and nestled in the bottom corner of his net.

Job done.

Keaton Mulvey did force Atkinson into a first half save but attempts on the Reds goal were few and far between.

It was a third consecutive 2-0 win over the Lilywhites and lifted Reds into 3rd position in NPL North West.      

Workington: Atkinson, Kelly (Clarke,59), Brockbank, Wordsworth, Smith, Hubbold (Lightfoot, 85), Holt, Carroll, Jerome, Allison, Potts (Symington, 71).  Substitutes – Casson, Bowman (not used).

Mossley: Lovell, Kilner, Mason (Butterworth, 73), Hickman, Grundy, Evans, Mulvey, Keogh, McLaughlin, Kershaw (Shenton, 65), Waller (Fitzgerald, 59).  Substitutes – Stringer-Moth, Hadlow (not used).

Referee: Ian Walsh, Burnley

Bookings: Symington (Workington), Kilner (Mossley)

Attendance: 400

Match photos: Ben Challis

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Details

Date Time League Season
10/10/2020 15:00 North West Division North West Division 2020/21

Venue

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

Results

Team1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Workington AFC112
Mossley AFC000

Workington AFC

1Jim Atkinson Goalkeeper
2Jay Kelly 12 Defender
3Liam Brockbank Defender
4Dan Wordsworth Defender
5Sam Smith Defender
6Brad Hubbold 17 Midfielder 21'
7Jordan Holt Midfielder
8Brad Carroll Midfielder
9Reuben Jerome Forward
10Scott Allison Forward 21'
11Louis Potts 15 Forward
12Matty Clarke 2 Defender
14Ceiran Casson Midfielder
15Dav Symington 11 Midfielder 83'
90'
16Charlie Bowman Forward
17Carl Lightfoot 6 Midfielder

Mossley AFC

1Liam Lovell Goalkeeper
2Sam Kilner Defender 53'
3Steve Mason 12 Defender
4Kane Hickman Defender
5Jack Grundy Defender
6Declan Evans Midfielder
7Keaton Mulvey Midfielder
8Andy Keogh Midfielder
9Danny McLaughlin Forward
10Ethan Kershaw 14 Forward
11Matty Waller 16 Midfielder
12Jordan Butterworth 3 Midfielder
14Ryan Shenton 10 Midfielder
15Dylan Stringer-Moth Midfielder
16Dylan Fitzgerald 11 Forward
17Jordan Hadlow Goalkeeper
Goals
2
0
Assists
1
0
Yellow Cards
1
1
Red Cards
0
0
Own Goals
0
0

KO KO 21 21 53 59 59 65 71 73 83 85 90 FT
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