NPL West NPL West 22/23

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

Workington AFC
Borough Park, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT
Skelmersdale United
Bobby Langton Way Burscough Ormskirk Lancashire L40 0SD
2 - 1
Final Score
Dav Symington - 1 (29')Reuben Jerome - 1 (66')
Jordan Southworth - 1 (58')
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
Charlie Birch
Dav Symington
Scott Allison
Reuben Jerome
Jack Hont
Jordan Southworth
Dav Symington
Reuben Jerome
Abdul Djalo
Tom Mahone
Mussab Benaly
Louis Webster
Niall Moran


A decent, entertaining NPL West encounter in the late summer sunshine at Borough Park with a hard earned three points for Reds sending the majority of the crowd home happy.

Workington certainly dominated the first half and the one goal lead was scant reward for their efforts.  Skelmersdale recovered and staged a gallant come back at the start of the second period and were on top for a twenty minutes spell.  But Reds found their feet in the later stages, grabbed that deciding goal and, generally, were worthy of the victory.

Once again, the manager had to shuffle the pack with two of last week’s heroes, Ceiran Casson and Jordan Palmer away on holiday whilst Lewis Reilly picked up an injury in the warm-up and was considered unfit to start.

The hosts thought they had opened the scoring in the eleventh minute but an assistant referee’s flag saw what looked a good goal disallowed.  David Symington cut in from the left flank and a thumping shot hit the foot of Andrew Coughlan’s right -hand post and rebounded conveniently into Reuben Jerome’s path and he side-footed the ball into the net.

Skelmersdale also found the net after one of their first attacks but Elliot Morris’ effort was disallowed, too, again because of an offside in the build-up.

Symington was looking lively, and is always difficult to contain when in such form, and it was he who got the breakthrough just before the half hour mark.  He received the ball after good work from Scott Allison, shuffled past a couple of defenders and beat Coughlan at his near post with a powerful drive.

The visitors were first out of the traps on the restart, pressing to good effect and Reds were camped in their own half for long periods.

Their fifty-eighth minute equaliser was a cracker and Jordan Southworth’s twenty-five yarder had goal written all over it as soon as it left his foot.  Jim Atkinson had no chance of saving the shot but he certainly kept Reds in the game thwarting Darren Brannigan and Morris soon after.

It was slightly against the run of play when Reds restored the lead after sixty-six minutes.  Steven Rigg’s flicked header sent Symington in the clear down the middle but his initial attempt was parried away by Coughlan only for the ball to rebound to Jerome and, this time, his follow-up goal was allowed to stand.

A third goal would have eased the usual anxiety on the terraces but Rigg saw a header saved and a shot blocked by a defender with Symington, once again, denied by a smart piece of goalkeeping from Coughlan.

There was one final scare for Reds when the lively Morris broke through but Matty Clarke saved the day with an important challenge to prevent what looked a potential equaliser.

Efficient at the back, mobile and energetic in midfield and creating chances up front, Reds deserved the three points but credit to Richard Brodie’s side for pushing them all the way.

The experienced players got the job done although the two youngsters – defender Charlie Birch and midfielder Keelan Leslie – also made excellent contributions throughout and there was even the bonus of seeing Louis Webster make his league debut, as a substitute, just before the end.   

Workington: Atkinson, Clarke (Moran, 90) Birch, Wordsworth, Smith, Leslie (Mahone, 80), Symington (Webster, 88), Allison, Rigg, Jerome, Tinnion.  Substitutes – Reilly, Eccles (not used).

Skelmersdale United: Coughlan, Gerrard (Hunt, 55), Griffiths, Lees, Grogan, Strickland (Benaly, 82), Morris, Devine (Djalo, 75), Brannigan, Clair, Southworth.  Substitutes – Herbert, Brodie (not used).

Referee: Chris Joyce, Gateshead

Bookings: Birch, Jerome (Workington), Gerrard, Devine, Brodie (Skelmersdale United).

Attendance: 593



Date Time League Season Full Time
24/09/2022 15:00 NPL West NPL West 22/23 90'


Borough Park

New Bridge Road, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals


1Jim Atkinson Goalkeeper
2Matty Clarke 12 Defender
3Charlie Birch Defender 22'
4Dan Wordsworth Defender
5Sam Smith Defender
6Keelan Leslie 14 Midfielder
7Dav Symington 15 Midfielder 29'
8Scott Allison Forward 29'
9Steven Rigg Forward
10Reuben Jerome Forward 66'
11Conor Tinnion Midfielder
12Niall Moran 2 Defender
14Tom Mahone 6 Defender
15Louis Webster 7 Midfielder
16Lewis Reilly Forward
21Danny Eccles Goalkeeper


1Andrew Coughlin Goalkeeper
2Gerrard Warren 12 Defender
3Alex Griffiths Defender
4Callum Lees Defender
5Michael Grogan Defender
6Kenny Strickland 16 Midfielder
7Elliot Morris Midfielder
8Ethan Devine 15 Midfielder
9Darren Brannigan Forward
10Karl Clair Midfielder
11Jordan Southworth Midfielder 58'
12Jack Hont 2 Defender
14Joe Herbert Defender
15Abdul Djalo 8 Midfielder
16Mussab Benaly 6 Midfielder
17Richard Brodie Forward
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