NPL West NPL West 22/23

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

Workington AFC
Borough Park, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT
Newcastle Town
Red Industries Stadium Newcastle Staffordshire ST5 3BX
3 - 0
Final Score
Scott Allison - 1 (43')Sam Smith - 1 (73')Dav Symington - 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
Scott Allison
Steven Rigg
Sam Smith
Conor Tinnion
Callum Parker
Jack Derbyshire
Lewis Reilly
Jim Atkinson
Dav Symington
Lewis Moore


A league double over a resilient ‘Castle maintained Workington’s challenge at the top end of the NPL’s West Division as they reached the fifty-point mark in style. 

The tempo was good from the start and a ‘high-energy’ performance entertained a 700 plus crowd in just the third home match in two months. 

The away win over Town last month owed much to Reds’ defensive prowess but this was more of a vibrant attacking display with another high ratio of chances created and, whisper it, squandered. 

Manager Danny Grainger was loath to single out individual performances in another fine display but the five ‘veterans’, Messrs Tinnion, Allison, Smith, Symington and Wordsworth were outstanding whilst the trio of young newcomers – McCaragher, Carroll and Birch – are starting to put their own stamp on matters. 

Town actually made a bright start but good work at the back and in midfield couldn’t translate to a positive outcome in the final third and they were often let down by a wasted final ball.  Efforts at goal were often from distance and dealt with by Jim Atkinson whose distributions skills were another feature of the game. 

Deficiencies up front meant their heroes were at the back and goalkeeper, Joseph Slinn, and his back four kept Reds at bay, somehow, until late in the first half. 

In one exciting attack, launched by Reuben Jerome’s clever back heel, Allison saw his first effort blocked and a follow-up header cleared before McCaragher’s free header sailed over the bar. 

Slinn excelled again to thwart first Carroll and Allison with Town’s Will Lloyd failing to hit the target when play switched to the other end. 

A Symington free-kick was only partially saved by Slinn and Allison pounced on the rebound and found the net only for the referee to disallow the ‘goal’ on the assumption of the ‘keeper having control of the ball. 

The keeper’s legs then kept out another Symington effort before the hosts were awarded what appeared a fortunate penalty.  There had been appeals for handball in the build-up, promptly rejected by the man in black but, seconds later, James Askey bundled into Wordsworth and the referee pointed to the spot. 

Allison moved into double figures for the season when he squeezed the ball past Slinn from the spot – his 140th goal for the club!       

It would have been an injustice had Reds reached the break without anything to show for their efforts but the slender advantage meant Robin van der Laan’s side were still in contention. 

Efforts from Tinnion, Symington and Steven Rigg failed to increase the lead but another set piece routine did just that in the seventy-third minute.  Smith, who was sent-off in the December meeting, redeemed himself by scoring the all-important second goal, converting at the far post via a free kick. 

Jack van der Laan and Callum Parker had chances of a consolation goal but poor finishes from both ensured a ‘nil’ return. 

Symington got the goal he deserved with a superb effort in the seventy-ninth minute.  The assist came from Atkinson with his pin-point accurate pass finding Symington in acres of space.  He galloped towards Slinn’s goal before leaving the ‘keeper helpless with a firm right foot strike for his twelfth of the campaign.   

With the points in the bag, there was another opportunity for Development Squad member, Lewis Moore, who joined the action for the final few minutes.  He is still young and fragile but looks an accomplished player with the ball at his feet.  

Workington: Atkinson, McCaragher, Birch, Wordsworth, Smith, Hubbold (Rigg, 63), Symington, Carroll (Moore, 85), Allison, Jerome (Reilly, 77), Tinnion.  Substitutes – Clarke, Leslie (not used). 

Newcastle Town: Slinn, Russo, Stubbs, Lloyd (Parker, 76) Askey, Dennis, Ritchie, Tommy van der Laan (Derbyshire, 76), Baxter, Jack van der Laan, Morley.  Substitute – Conlon (not used). 

Referee: Alex Beckett, Blackpool           

Attendance: 720


Date Time League Season Full Time
28/01/2023 15:00 NPL West NPL West 22/23 90'


Borough Park

New Bridge Road, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Newcastle Town000


1Jim Atkinson Goalkeeper 79'
2Greg McCaragher Midfielder
3Charlie Birch Defender
4Dan Wordsworth Defender
5Sam Smith Defender 73'
6Brad Hubbold 16 Midfielder
7Dav Symington Midfielder 79'
8Bobby Carroll 12 Midfielder
9Scott Allison Forward 43'
10Reuben Jerome 17 Forward
11Conor Tinnion Midfielder 73'
12Lewis Moore 8 Midfielder
14Matty Clarke Defender
15Keelan Leslie Midfielder
16Steven Rigg 6 Forward
17Lewis Reilly 10 Forward

Newcastle Town

1Joseph Slinn Goalkeeper
2Connor Russo Midfielder
3Kyle Stubbs Defender
4Will Lloyd 12 Midfielder
5James Askey Defender
6Luke Dennis Defender
7Oliver Ritchie Midfielder
8Tommy Van Der Laan 14 Midfielder
9Ryan Baxter Forward
10Jack Van Der Laan Midfielder
11Nathan Morley Midfielder
12Callum Parker 4 Forward
14Jack Derbyshire 8 Defender
15Michael Conlon Defender
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