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Workington AFC 1 – 0 Stafford Rangers

Jason Walker scores against Stafford Rangers

Workington AFC 1 – 0 Stafford Rangers



Walker debut goal seals victory

Jason Walker can reflect on an excellent league debut for Workington capping a fine individual performance with the match winning goal.

It left an upbeat David Hewson paying tribute to Reds’ high profile summer signing after a thoroughly deserved opening day victory.

“Look at his work-rate, look at his movement off the ball, look at his contribution to the team as a whole and, for me, he was the difference today and we had the cutting edge with him. It was a great start for Jason and a great start for the team.”

He scored the game’s only goal in the fiftieth minute after Rangers’ skipper Luke Jones failed to make a routine clearance. The ball ran kindly for Walker who kept his composure, advanced confidently towards goal before guiding the ball past Adam Whitehouse for the decider.

Reds looked rather nervous in the first half but, overall, were the better side and should have won by a wider margin.

But having gone eight games in pre-season without keeping a clean sheet, the pleasing aspect was keeping Rangers at bay with a back four playing together for the first time.

It was important that they did, because several decent chances were squandered preventing a more comfortable end to the afternoon.

Not that Stafford were creating chance after chance in search of a late equaliser but there is always that air of tension with the narrowest of leads.

The spine of the team was good with Sam Smith and Matty Douglas outstanding in central defence, Jamie Mellen and Brad Hubbold impressive in the engine room and Walker a class act up front.

Conor Tinnion, the returning Jordan Holt and Sam Joel all went close to opening the scoring with first half efforts from Reds with Holt’s weak header and a decent Hubbold effort kept out by Whitehouse after the break.

Rangers had their first shot of note in the eightieth minute when Jack Sherratt’s low drive was dealt with by Aaran Taylor. Their only other opportunity came via a Smith clearance blocked by Joe Cuff, with the ball spiralling towards goal and eventually cleared by Gari Rowntree.

Seeing Dan Wordsworth enter the field of play as a late substitute was another positive with which to end a successful afternoon.

Workington Taylor, Cowperthwaite (Wordsworth, 90), Rowntree, Smith, Douglas, Mellen, Joel, Hubbold, Walker, Holt (Mossop, 88), Tinnion. Substitutes – Tidy, Miller, Casson (not used).

Stafford Rangers Whitehouse, Banks, Coulson, Jones, Sherratt, Marshall, Briscoe (Green, 64), Thorley, Perry, Abadaki (Cuff, 69), Bailey-Jones (Curtis, 84). Substitutes – Adams, Reeves (not used).

Referee Richard Holmes, Preston

Bookings: Rowntree, Douglas, Walker and Tinnion (Workington), Jones, Sherratt, Thorley (Stafford Rangers)

Attendance 421

Workington AFC v. Stafford Rangers - Sat 18 Aug18 (Ben Challis & Kevin Haney)

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Date Time League Season
18/08/2018 15:00 Northern Premier League 2018/19


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


Team1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Workington AFC011
Stafford Rangers000

Workington AFC

1Aaran Taylor Goalkeeper
2Niall Cowperthwaite 12 Midfielder
3Gari Rowntree Defender 51'
4Sam Smith Defender
5Matthew Douglas Defender
6Jamie Mellen Midfielder
7Sam Joel Forward
8Brad Hubbold Midfielder
9Jason Walker Forward 51'
10Jordan Holt 16 Midfielder
11Conor Tinnion Midfielder
12Daniel Wordsworth 2 Defender
13Lewis Casson Goalkeeper
14Lewis Tidy Defender
15Jaic Miller Midfielder
16Sheldon Mossop 10 Forward

Stafford Rangers

1Adam Whitehouse Goalkeeper
2Lewis Banks Defender
3Sam Coulson Defender
4Luke Jones Defender 44'
5Jack Sherratt Midfielder 90'
6Tom Marshall Defender
7Louis Briscoe 15 Midfielder
8Tom Thorley Midfielder 23'
9Kyle Perry 16 Forward
10Osebi Abadaki Forward
11Thoe Bailey-Jones 14 Midfielder
12Jon Adams Midfielder
14Alex Curtis 11 Midfielder
15Josh Green 7 Midfielder
16Joe Cuff 9 Midfielder
17Billy Reeves Midfielder
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
Own Goals

KO KO 23 35 44 51 51 60 64 70 83 88 89 90 FT
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