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First Team - Match centre

Hednesford Town
Full time
J Earl (36' Sent Off), K May (60'), N Waterston (75')
Sat 11 Mar 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier - Premier Division Attendance 358

Early bath for James spurs Reds to victory

For the third time in four away games, Reds failed to finish the match with a full complement of players, following yet another red card offence.

James Earl was sent off for the second time this season, retaliating in a violent manner after a rather naughty challenge from George Washbourne.

The Hednesford player escaped punishment for the initial challenge but Earl was rightly sent off ten minutes before half time for shoulder-charging his opponent to the ground.

Manager David Hewson said the matter would be dealt with internally and wanted to concentrate more on the fantastic performance of those who remained on the pitch rather than disciplinary matters.

To say they controlled the second half is an under-statement, they were probably in charge for the duration, but they made the hosts look very ordinary after being reduced to ten men.

Reds had heroes all over the pitch and defended well throughout – and had the scars to prove it! Bloody noses, cuts and bruises, not to mention tired limbs, suggested it had been harder than it looked from the back of the stand.

But offensively they looked good too, always trying to move the ball about and creating openings. The Earl incident apart, it was just about the perfect away performance.

Reds survived an early scare during the first half when Kyle May’s weak header was latched onto by Danny Glover, but the centre forward’s shot was pushed over the bar by Aaran Taylor’s outstretched arm – a crucial save.

Either side of that incident, Rob Wilson and Scott Allison got themselves into good scoring positions but both failed to hit the target.

A fussy referee was often centre stage but couldn’t be criticised after thirty five minutes when quickly showing Earl a straight red card.

Offender Washbourne wasn’t punished for that offence but was on the stroke of half-time for an equally dangerous challenge on Sam Smith. Then, soon after the restart, Washbourne was sensibly withdrawn from the fray by the Town management after yet another late challenge that left Reds substitute, Gari Rowntree, in a heap.

The ten men opened the scoring on the hour with an historic, first-ever goal at Keys Park. A free kick out on the right was curled into the area by the returning Conor Tinnion and there was May to plant home a firm header at the far post.

It prompted a confident spell from Reds and they could have added to their advantage. Josh Calvert was off target with a left foot drive and Nathan Waterston shot into the side netting after Jake Simpson had created the opportunity.

But they did add a second with a quarter of an hour to go and it was Waterston’s sublime effort which secured three very satisfying points. He cashed in on Lewis Wright’s indecision, chasing down a weak clearance then deftly lobbing the ball over the advancing Dan Crane from an acute angle.

Hednesford came to life late in the game and Nat Brown had one shot comfortably gathered by Taylor and another cleared off the line by Rowntree. And when Wilson bravely blocked a Glover shot, the points were safely in the bag.

Sweet revenge for the Pitmen’s victory at Borough Park, three months ago.

Hednesford Town Crane, Wright, Campion, McNaught, Brown, Brenan, Washbourne (Fitzpatrick, 58), Thorley, Glover, Clarke (Cater, 64), McDermott (Danquah, 73). Substitutes – Ransome, Ballinger (not used).

Workington Taylor, Simpson, Smith, May, Calvert, Earl, Symington (Rowntree, 46), Wilson, Allison, Joel (Waterston, 69), Tinnion. Substitutes – Ryan, Douglas, Cham (not used).

Referee Simon Brown, Solihull

Yellow cards: Washbourne, Cater (Hednesford Town), Allison (Workington)

Red card: Earl (Workington)

Attendance 358

Key moments

Red Card James Earl is sent off for Workington
Goal Kyle May scores for Workington
Goal Nathan Waterston scores for Workington

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90:00 +5:00 Player of the Match
Sam Smith is awarded player of the match for Workington
75:00 Goal 0 - 2
Nathan Waterston scores for Workington
75:00 Assist
Jake Simpson makes an assist for Workington
74:00 Sub On
Louis Danquah is substituted on for Hednesford Town
74:00 Sub Off
David McDermott is substituted off for Hednesford Town
69:00 Sub On
Nathan Waterston is substituted on for Workington
69:00 Sub Off
Samuel Joel is substituted off for Workington
64:00 Sub On
George Cater is substituted on for Hednesford Town
64:00 Sub Off
Tony Clarke is substituted off for Hednesford Town
61:00 Yellow Card
Scott Allison is yellow carded for Workington
60:00 Goal 0 - 1
Kyle May scores for Workington
60:00 Assist
Conor Tinnion makes an assist for Workington
58:00 Sub On
Jordan Fitzpatrick is substituted on for Hednesford Town
58:00 Sub Off
George Washbourne is substituted off for Hednesford Town
46:00 Sub On
Gari Rowntree is substituted on for Workington
46:00 Sub Off
David Symington is substituted off for Workington
End of period 1
42:00 Yellow Card
George Washbourne is yellow carded for Hednesford Town
36:00 Red Card 0 - 0
James Earl is sent off for Workington
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Hednesford Town
  • Workington
  • 0
  • James Earl Red Card 36:00'
  • George Washbourne Yellow Card 42:00'
  • Gari Rowntree Sub On 46:00'
  • David Symington Sub Off 46:00'
  • Jordan Fitzpatrick Sub On 58:00'
  • George Washbourne Sub Off 58:00'
  • Kyle May Goal 60:00'
  • Conor Tinnion Assist 60:00'
  • Scott Allison Yellow Card 61:00'
  • George Cater Sub On 64:00'
  • Tony Clarke Sub Off 64:00'
  • Nathan Waterston Sub On 69:00'
  • Samuel Joel Sub Off 69:00'
  • Louis Danquah Sub On 74:00'
  • David McDermott Sub Off 74:00'
  • Nathan Waterston Goal 75:00'
  • Jake Simpson Assist 75:00'
  • Sam Smith Player of the Match 90:00 +5:00'

Team selection

Taylor, Aaran Taylor, Aaran
Simpson, Jake Simpson, Jake
Smith, Sam Smith, Sam
Allison, Scott Allison, Scott
May, Kyle May, Kyle
Calvert, Joshua Calvert, Joshua
Earl, James Earl, James
Wilson, Robert Wilson, Robert
Joel, Samuel Joel, Samuel
Tinnion, Conor Tinnion, Conor
Symington, David Symington, David
Hednesford Town
  • 1. Dan Crane
  • 2. Lewis Wright
  • 3. Darren Campion
  • 4. Stuart McNaught
  • 5. Nat Brown
  • 6. Dan Brenan
  • 7. George Washbourne
  • 8. Tom Thorley
  • 9. Danny Glover
  • 10. Tony Clarke
  • 11. David McDermott
  • 12. Lloyd Ransome
  • 14. Jordan Fitzpatrick
  • 15. Louis Danquah
  • 16. Joe Ballinger
  • 17. George Cater

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