NPL West NPL West 21/22

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

Workington AFC
Borough Park, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT
1874 Northwich
The Offside Trust Stadium Townfield Lane Barnton Northwich CW8 4LJ
2 - 2
Final Score
Steven Rigg - 1 (3')Connor Gaul - 1 (20')
Matthew Woolley - 1 (78')Jake Parker - 1 (85')
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
Steven Rigg
Connor Gaul
Keelan Leslie
Steven Rigg
Connor Gaul
Jake Parker
Conor Tinnion
Aaron Smith
Louis Rowe
Matthew Woolley
Markell Foulds
Jake Parker


A two goal lead after twenty minutes flattered Reds somewhat but, instead of taking advantage of the situation and going on to record a comfortable win, they were hanging on for a draw by the finish.

Northwich, to their credit, enjoyed plenty of possession in the first half and dominated much of the second yet had created few clear-cut opportunities.  But they were unlucky not to bag all three points as Reds went AWOL in the final quarter of an hour.

Indeed, there was a collective sigh of relief from the Workington faithful as Aaron Smith’s twenty five yard free kick rattled the crossbar seconds before the final whistle.

Reds had gone in front in the third minute with a delightful low strike from Steven Rigg – his first of the season – after good link-up play with Connor Gaul.  But an injury to Brad Hubbold soon after curtailed the early euphoria.

Hubbold appeared to be yet another hamstring victim as he hobbled from the pitch after just seven minutes and his all-round game was certainly missed, despite a fine contribution from his replacement, Keelan Leslie.

It was against the run of play when the hosts doubled their advantage in the twentieth minute after catching Northwich in possession and countering quickly.  Gaul rounded the last defender to score his first goal for the club with a low strike to the far corner of ‘Tony’ Aghayere’s net.

So a two-nil advantage to Workington and that was still the situation with twenty minutes to go with neither side doing little to add to the score-line in between.  The game seemed to be meandering aimlessly to a somewhat undeserved Workington win when their good fortune ran out.

Callum Gardner’s well struck shot was certainly heading for goal, and the ball did hit Sam Smith’s hand, but there was no deliberate hand-to-ball movement as his arm remained by his side.  Nevertheless, the referee awarded the penalty and 1874 skipper, Matthew Woolley, calmly reduced the arrears from the spot.

And from that moment in the seventy-eighth minute, the feeling was that Reds would struggle to see out the game, and so it proved.

The equaliser came five minutes before the end of normal time and a scrappy goal it was too.  The ball was pinging about in the six yard area with Reds, surrounded by green shirts, unable to clear the danger with the last touch possibly by a Workington player.  The ball didn’t actually hit the net but was signalled as over the line by the well positioned assistant referee.

And it could have been even worse for out-of-sorts Reds as Northwich finished strongly.  Aaron Smith took on the ‘cross-bar’ challenge and, thankfully, the ball thumped against the woodwork and deflected to safety, with Jim Atkinson beaten.

The injury crisis has finally caught up with Reds and a few more disjointed performances like this will, almost certainly, cost them the West Division leadership.

Workington: Atkinson, Clarke, Charlton, Harrison, Smith, Casson, Bowman (Tinnion, 63), Hubbold (Leslie, 7), Rigg, Marshall (Rowe, 75), Gaul.  Substitutes – Wordsworth, Eccles (not used).

1874 Northwich: Aghayere, Koral, Kennerley, Foulds, Jones, Ormrod, Woolley J (Smith A, 69), Woolley M, Woods (Parker, 61), Irlam, Gardner.  Substitutes – Russell, Marrow, Mitchell (not used).

Referee Alex Beckett, Preston

Booking: Foulds (1874 Northwich)

Attendance 644



Date Time League Season Full Time
25/09/2021 15:00 NPL West NPL West 21/22 90'


Borough Park

New Bridge Road, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
1874 Northwich022


1Jim Atkinson Goalkeeper
2Matty Clarke Defender
3Kieran Charlton Defender
4Kyle Harrison Defender
5Sam Smith Defender
6Ceiran Casson Midfielder
7Charlie Bowman 12 Forward
8Brad Hubbold 16 Midfielder
9Steven Rigg Forward 3'
10Paul Marshall 15 Midfielder
11Connor Gaul Forward 20'
12Conor Tinnion 7 Midfielder
14Dan Wordsworth Defender
15Louis Rowe 10 Forward
16Keelan Leslie 8 Midfielder
21Danny Eccles Goalkeeper

1874 Northwich

1Nosakhare Aghayere Goalkeeper
2Michael Koral Defender
3Taylor Kennerley Forward
4Markell Foulds Defender 80'
5Mark Jones Defender
6James Ormrod Midfielder
7Joe Woolley 14 Forward
8Matthew Woolley Midfielder 78'
9Ashley Woods 12 Forward
10Jack Irlam Midfielder
11Callum Gardner Midfielder
12Jake Parker 9 Midfielder 85'
14Aaron Smith 7 Midfielder
15Matthew Russell Defender
16Jack Marrow Defender
17Ryan Mitchell Defender
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