Workington AFC 2-4 Runcorn Linnets

Recap

NPL West NPL West 21/22

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

Workington AFC
Borough Park, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT
Runcorn Linnets
The Millbank Linnets Stadium Stockham Lane Murdishaw Runcorn
2 - 4
Final Score
Dan Wordsworth - 1 (5')Brad Carroll - 1 (22')
Thomas Lloyd Marsh-Hughes - 1Oladapo Olarewaju - 1Rhain Hellawell - 1Ryan Brooke - 1 (3')
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
0%
Pass Accuracy
0%
Shot Accuracy
OFF
0
F
0
SH
0
0%
Pass Accuracy
0%
Shot Accuracy
0
OFF
0
F
0
SH
Game Timeline
KO
KO
Rowan Roache
2'
Ryan Brooke
3'
Conor Tinnion
5'
Dan Wordsworth
5'
Rowan Roache
22'
Brad Carroll
22'
Jacques Welsh
35'
Dan Wordsworth
40'
Connor Gaul
44'
Louis Hayes
60'
Ryan Brooke
64'
Rhain Hellawell
64'
Scott Allison
65'
Dav Symington
67'
Rhain Hellawell
74'
Conor Tinnion
76'
Oladapo Olarewaju
77'
Nic Evangelinos
82'
Evan Gumbs
85'
FT

Recap

That wonderful start to the season in late Summer seems a lifetime ago as Reds struggle through Autumn looking anything but promotion contenders.

This latest setback, a first home defeat in twenty seven league outings, was hard to take after a second half fade out.  They had shown much promise in a first half they shaded but a ninety minute performance just isn’t in the locker at the moment. 

Particularly after the break, Reds looked a team of individuals floundering against a very good Runcorn team.

We all know the reasons why but rectifying the situation won’t be easy and a free Saturday might be no bad thing at the moment.

Reds were behind inside three minutes following a needlessly conceded free kick which earned Rowan Roache a yellow card, the first of many issued by a flustered referee.  In attempting to clear the danger, Sam Smith couldn’t direct his header and Ryan Brooke reacted quicker to the loose ball and forced home the opener from close range.

The hosts responded well and were level after five minutes.  Conor Tinnion’s corner on the right did the damage with the perfect delivery headed home by Dan Wordsworth.

It prompted Reds’ best spell of the game and they got their noses in front mid-way through the half following another set piece routine.  Roache was the corner taker on the opposite side of the pitch and he found Brad Carroll, with a deeper cross, who met the ball and swept it past Joe Young in one sweet movement.

Young then made the save of the match to keep out Tinnion’s brilliant side foot volley, preventing Reds going further ahead.

The visitors restored parity five minutes before the interval after a swift counter attack.  The diminutive Iwan Murray broke away before laying on the perfect assist for Thomas Lloyd Marsh-Hughes who finished with aplomb.

Smith did have a goal-bound header cleared off the line before the break so it remained all square at half time.

The home side did attempt to up the tempo on the restart but it was short lived and the only noteworthy effort was Connor Gaul’s volley from distance which Young dealt with confidently.

Chris Willcock swapped his front three, like-for-like, but the trio who came on were three of those sidelined for weeks with injury and failed to make any impression on those well drilled green and yellow shirts.

As Workington visibly tired, Linnets found another gear and finished the stronger with two of their substitutes making an impact, unlike Reds replacements.

Oladapo Olarewaju gathered the ball on the right, cut inside then sent a low shot past Jim Atkinson to restore Runcorn’s lead.  And the three well deserved points were assured when Rhain Hellawell scored the fourth, just, when the ball was eventually forced over the line with four minutes of normal time remaining.

The Linnets were on song but Reds were sadly out of tune, losing top spot in NPL West as a consequence!     

Workington: Atkinson, Clarke, Charlton, Wordsworth, Smith, Rigg, Roache (Symington, 67), Carroll, Jerome (Allison, 65), Tinnion, Gaul (Evangelinos, 82).  Substitutes – Harrison, Gooden (not used).

Runcorn Linnets: Young, Welsh, Short, Wylie, Gumbs, O’Mahony, Crilly (Olarewaju, 77), Lynch (Hayes, 60), Brooke, Murray, Marsh-Hughes (Hellawell, 64).  Substitutes – Lindfield, Brown (not used).

Referee:  Andy Sykes, Blackpool

Bookings: Roache, Gaul, Wordsworth, Tinnion (Workington), Welsh, Hellawell, Gumbs, Brooke, McIntyre (Runcorn Linnets).

Attendance: 667

Match photos: Ben Challis

Details

Date Time League Season Full Time
23/10/2021 15:00 NPL West NPL West 21/22 0'

Venue

Borough Park

New Bridge Road, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT

Results

Team1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Workington AFC202
Runcorn Linnets224

Workington AFC

1Jim Atkinson Goalkeeper
2Matty Clarke Defender
3Kieran Charlton Defender
4Dan Wordsworth Defender 5'
40'
5Sam Smith Defender
6Steven Rigg Forward
7Rowan Roache 12 Midfielder 22'
2'
8Brad Carroll Midfielder 22'
9Reuben Jerome 16 Forward
10Conor Tinnion Midfielder 5'
76'
11Connor Gaul 14 Forward 44'
12Dav Symington 7 Midfielder
14Nic Evangelinos 11 Midfielder
15Kyle Harrison Defender
16Scott Allison 9 Forward
17Iyrwah Gooden Midfielder

Runcorn Linnets

1Joe Young Goalkeeper
2Jacques Welsh Defender 35'
3James Short Defender
4Peter Wylie Defender
5Evan Gumbs Forward 85'
6Sean O’Mahony Defender
7Stuart Crilly 12 Midfielder
8Joe Lynch 15 Midfielder
9Ryan Brooke Forward 3'
64'
10Iwan Murray Midfielder
11Thomas Lloyd Marsh-Hughes 14 Midfielder
12Oladapo Olarewaju 7 Midfielder
14Rhain Hellawell 11 Midfielder 74'
15Louis Hayes 8 Midfielder
16Craig Lindfield Midfielder
17Ally Brown Defender
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