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

Workington AFC
Borough Park, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT
Carlisle United
0 - 3
Final Score
Alfie McCalmont - 1 (48')Jordan Gibson - 1 (54')
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
Obua Mugalula
Ceiran Casson
Jayden Harris
Alfie McCalmont
Jordan Gibson
John Mellish
Greg McCaragher
Tomas Holy
Joe Garner
Taylor Charters
Corey Whelan
Jack Robinson
Max Kilsby
Dylan McGeough
Ben Barclay
Hayden Tait
Trialist 2
Zach Lester
Zach Martin
Louis Webster


A minute of applause preceded kick-off as the footballing family paid tribute to David Wilkes and Billy Griffin who, sadly, passed away during the ‘off season’.  Wilkes served United in various roles for nearly three decades whilst Griffin was a Workington hero during the late sixties.   

We then witnessed Workington’s best ninety minutes of disciplined football so far and, by a distance, their best performance in what is becoming a very wet pre-season. 

There is no suggestion that they ever looked like winning the Cumbrian derby but fair to say that Paul Simpson’s side, comfortable winners in the end, had to work hard for the victory. 

And whilst the Blues keep adding to a squad that will return to League One in three weeks’ time, Danny Grainger has to plan around absenteeism – injuries (part of the game, unfortunately) holidays and weddings (which accounted for four of his regulars). 

That said, a very young Reds side gave a good account of themselves.  They pressed well, defended competently and bravely then, on the rare occasions when in possession, they moved the ball about efficiently with a high percentage of accuracy.  

Kofi Moore made his debut for the hosts and showed glimpses of what he’s about whilst the other new recruits, Aidy Roxburgh and Finlay Wallbank, continue to impress as they get to know their new colleagues. 

Of the seniors, Bobby Carroll was outstanding, Lewis Reilly not far behind in graft and effort, skipper, Conor Tinnion, displaying all his talents whilst he was on the pitch and Sam Smith reminding us all how important he will be this term. 

The youngsters and trialists did their bit too and weren’t just there to make up the numbers. 

Facing the horizontal rain in the first half, Reds had to be resilient and, around the half hour mark, survived four or five corners in quick succession.   

United’s patience was rewarded after thirty-eight minutes when they opened the scoring.  Jordan Gibson and Jack Armer managed to wriggle out of a tight space on the left and the latter’s cross cleared everyone in the area but found Jack Ellis who despatched the ball into the Derwent End net with the sweetest of connections. 

Would that signal a deluge of goals to match the depressing July weather?  Well, Reds survived to half time but the contest was effectively over within eight minutes of the restart. 

Less than four minutes of the second period had elapsed when Alfie McCalmont, who scored a pre-season goal for Morecambe at Borough Park, doubled United’s lead when he left-footed the ball into the roof of the net after John Mellish’s low cross into the area had been parried by the Reds’ keeper. 

Jordan Gibson, one of only two Blues’ players to complete the ninety, bagged the third goal after fifty-three minutes.  He rifled his first attempt against the near post but, when the ball conveniently found a way back to him, his second shot came to rest in the opposite corner of the Town End goal. 

Reds’ trialist goalkeeper had saved well from Mellish in the first half and denied Joe Garner in the second but United’s two keepers were hardly tested. 

Grant Holt was one of the drenched spectators amongst the bumper crowd and it was great to see him back at Borough Park where his illustrious career started twenty-five years ago! 

Workington: Trialist, Roxburgh, Leslie, Wallbank, Smith, Moore L, Moore K, Carroll, Reilly, Allison, Tinnion.  Substitutes – Casson, McCaragher, Mugalula, Tait, Lester, Webster, Trialist, Martin (all used). 

Carlisle United: Langley, Ellis, Lavelle, Huntington, Mellish, Armer, Moxon, Guy, McCalmont, Gibson, Edmondson.  Substitutes – Holy, Garner, Charters, Harris, Whelan, Robinson, Kilsby, McGeouch, Barclay (all used). 

Referee: Anthony Backhouse 

Attendance: 1,523 


Date Time Season Full Time
15/07/2023 15:00 Friendlies 23/24 90'


Borough Park

New Bridge Road, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Carlisle United123


1Trialist 1 Goalkeeper
2Aidan Roxburgh 16 Defender
3Keelan Leslie Midfielder
4Finlay Wallbank 19 Defender
5Sam Smith 16 Defender
6Lewis Moore 12 Midfielder
7Kofi Moore Midfielder
8Bobby Carroll 18 Midfielder
9Lewis Reilly Forward
10Scott Allison 15 Forward
11Conor Tinnion 14 Midfielder
12Ceiran Casson 6 Midfielder
14Greg McCaragher 11 Midfielder
15Obua Mugalula 17 Midfielder
16Hayden Tait 5 Defender
16Zach Lester 2 Defender
17Trialist 2 15 Midfielder
18Zach Martin 8 Midfielder
19Louis Webster 4 Midfielder

Carlisle United

13Dan Langley 1 Goalkeeper
3Jack Armer 14 Defender
4Owen Moxon 16 Midfielder
5Sam Lavelle 15 Defender
6Paul Huntingdon 17 Defender
7Jordan Gibson Midfielder 54'
8Callum Guy 19 Midfielder
9Ryan Edmondson 20 Forward
10Alfie McCalmont 21 Midfielder 48'
18Jack Ellis 26 Defender
22John Mellish Midfielder 54'
1Tomas Holy 13 Goalkeeper
14Joe Garner 3 Forward
15Taylor Charters 5 Midfielder
16Jayden Harris 4 Midfielder
17Corey Whelan 6 Defender
19Jack Robinson 8 Defender
20Max Kilsby 9 Defender
21Dylan McGeough 10 Midfielder
26Ben Barclay 18 Defender
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