First Team - Match centre

​Clitheroe FC
Workington AFC
Full time
S Allison (87')
Sat 5 Aug 15:00 - Friendly

Successful pre-season concludes with a victory

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again.

Scott Allison must have felt it wasn’t going to be his day when three earlier attempts at goal were in vain. He then popped up to score a deserved winner in the 87th minute as Reds completed a successful pre-season campaign.

His first effort was comfortably saved by Clitheroe ‘keeper, Dan Eccles but the other two attempts were high, wide and not very handsome.

But persistence and patience were rewarded, just when it looked like a goalless draw would be the outcome.

Without a goal since the friendly at Whitehaven, Allison reacted to Nathan Waterson’s knock-down to and finish confidently from twelve yards.

It was a good all round performance against a team expected to do well in Evo-Stik First Division North this term. They were solid at the back, competitive in midfield and creative going forward but, most pleasing of all, was maintaining a hold on the game despite the constant tweaking of personnel.

Clitheroe threatened to open the scoring when Sefton Gonzales broke through and released co-striker Kurt Willoughby. But superb defending from Jamie Mellen blocked the latter’s shot, although the Reds’ defender appeared to be limping thereafter.

Mellen then started a promising counter attack involving Jack Ryan and Rob Wilson which culminated in a Nathan Waterston shot saved by goalkeeper Dan Eccles’ legs.

Clitheroe’s next attack saw Oliver Crankshaw race clear only for a promising situation to peter out when he dragged his shot wide.

Matty Douglas was next to try his luck in an attacking situation but his firm header, via Anthony Wright’s cross, rebounded off the post with Eccles beaten. Wilson’s goal-bound volley was then blocked by Clitheroe defender, Luke Holden.

And on the stroke of half time, Wilson floated a free kick into the area but Wright’s header didn’t have the power to trouble Eccles.

Willoughby tested Taylor with a long range effort on the hour but the ‘keeper finger-tipped the ball over the bar at the expense of a corner.

Eccles remained the busier of the two ‘keepers and was called upon to keep out a fiercely struck Dav Symington free kick. From the subsequent corner, Reds seemed certain to score but Ryan’s effort hit the post and Eccles smothered the ball on the goal line in the scramble which followed.

Eccles then had a lucky escape when his poor clearance fell straight to Ryan’s feet. The Reds centre forward attempted to chip the ball into the net but the keeper, well outside his area, handled. As seems to be the norm in pre-season action, the referee showed leniency by not punishing Eccles and Symington was just wide with the resultant free kick.

Even after Allison’s late strike, there was still time for Clitheroe to mount one last attack which resulted in Gonzales getting on the end of Robbie Bromley’s free kick only to head wide at the far post.

Joint manager, David Hewson, said afterwards that he was delighted with the performance and the work that the squad had put in throughout pre-season.

“Lee and I are pleased with the commitment shown over the last few weeks and we go into the new season looking fit, sharp and hungry.”

The victory extended Reds winning sequence at Shawbridge and takes them into the season proper with confidence high.

Clitheroe Eccles, Bromley, Atherton (Cattermole, 86), Ellison, Holden, Roddy (Tserpes, 82), Mitchell (Davis, 71), Carroll, Gonzales, Willoughby (Kirby, 80), Crankshaw (Russell, 71).

Workington Taylor, Simpson (Holliday, 57), Mellen, Calvert, Douglas, Earl (Waterston, 19), Symington, Wilson (MacDonald, 51), Ryan (Harker, 76), Allison, Wright. Substitute – Joel (not used).

Referee Andy Sykes, Blackpool

Key moments

Goal Scott Allison scores for Workington AFC


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87:00 Goal 0 - 1
Scott Allison scores for Workington AFC
87:00 Assist
Nathan Waterston makes an assist for Workington AFC
86:00 Sub On
Ryan Cattermole is substituted on for ​Clitheroe FC
86:00 Sub Off
Matt Atherton is substituted off for ​Clitheroe FC
82:00 Sub On
Stavros Tserpes is substituted on for ​Clitheroe FC
82:00 Sub Off
Michael Roddy is substituted off for ​Clitheroe FC
80:00 Sub On
Aiden Kirby is substituted on for ​Clitheroe FC
80:00 Sub Off
Kurt Willoughby is substituted off for ​Clitheroe FC
76:00 Sub On
Cameron Harker is substituted on for Workington AFC
76:00 Sub Off
Jack Ryan is substituted off for Workington AFC
71:00 Sub On
Jacob Davies is substituted on for ​Clitheroe FC
71:00 Sub Off
Joe Mitchell is substituted off for ​Clitheroe FC
71:00 Sub On
Charlie Russell is substituted on for ​Clitheroe FC
71:00 Sub Off
Oliver Crankshaw is substituted off for ​Clitheroe FC
57:00 Sub Off
Jake Simpson is substituted off for Workington AFC
57:00 Sub On
Leo Holliday is substituted on for Workington AFC
51:00 Sub Off
Robert Wilson is substituted off for Workington AFC
51:00 Sub On
Ben MacDonald is substituted on for Workington AFC
End of period 1
19:00 Sub On
Nathan Waterston is substituted on for Workington AFC
19:00 Sub Off
James Earl is substituted off for Workington AFC
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • ​Clitheroe FC
  • Workington AFC
  • 0
  • Nathan Waterston Sub On 19:00'
  • James Earl Sub Off 19:00'
  • Robert Wilson Sub Off 51:00'
  • Ben MacDonald Sub On 51:00'
  • Leo Holliday Sub On 57:00'
  • Jake Simpson Sub Off 57:00'
  • Oliver Crankshaw Sub Off 71:00'
  • Charlie Russell Sub On 71:00'
  • Jacob Davies Sub On 71:00'
  • Joe Mitchell Sub Off 71:00'
  • Cameron Harker Sub On 76:00'
  • Jack Ryan Sub Off 76:00'
  • Aiden Kirby Sub On 80:00'
  • Kurt Willoughby Sub Off 80:00'
  • Stavros Tserpes Sub On 82:00'
  • Michael Roddy Sub Off 82:00'
  • Matt Atherton Sub Off 86:00'
  • Ryan Cattermole Sub On 86:00'
  • Nathan Waterston Assist 87:00'
  • Scott Allison Goal 87:00'

Team selection

Taylor, Aaran Taylor, Aaran
Simpson, Jake Simpson, Jake
Mellen, Jamie Mellen, Jamie
Wilson, Robert Wilson, Robert
Calvert, Joshua Calvert, Joshua
Douglas, Matthew Douglas, Matthew
Symington, David Symington, David
Earl, James Earl, James
Allison, Scott Allison, Scott
Ryan, Jack Ryan, Jack
Wright, Anthony Wright, Anthony
​Clitheroe FC
  • 1. Dan Eccles
  • 2. Robbie Bromley
  • 3. Matt Atherton
  • 4. Ryan Ellison
  • 5. Luke Holden
  • 6. Michael Roddy
  • 7. Joe Mitchell
  • 8. Brad Carroll
  • 9. Sefton Gonzales
  • 10. Kurt Willoughby
  • 11. Oliver Crankshaw
  • 12. Charlie Russell
  • 14. Aiden Kirby
  • 15. Jacob Davies
  • 16. Stavros Tserpes
  • 17. Ryan Cattermole


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