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D Symington (43'), S Joel (45', 55')
Full time
L Benbow (72' Pen)
Sat 18 Mar 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier - Premier Division Attendance 403

Glassboys crack under Reds' pressure

Was this performance inspired by the presence of Tony Hopper or of their own making? Either way, it was compelling viewing for the Reds’ faithful and, after a ninety-minute slog in tricky underfoot conditions, both teams occupied a play-off berth.

There will be more twists and turns in the remaining five weeks of an exciting season but Workington, like all their rivals, will look no further than the next game.

Reds and Stourbridge went into this pivotal fixture with key personnel absent and it was probably the Glassboys who suffered most in this respect.

A makeshift midfield certainly didn’t hamper Workington and fittingly perhaps, Conor Tinnion, wearing Hopper’s favoured number eight shirt, was everywhere. Creating, defending, grafting, tracking back and attempts at goal, not to mention a regular supply of assists – he was outstanding.

Would the outcome have been any different had Jordan Archer scored early in the game with a golden opportunity? I’m sure it would.
Luke Benbow had sent over a teasing cross from the left, Brad Birch cushioned the ball into Archer’s path but, in front of an open goal, he dragged his shot wide.

Any other openings from the visitors were thwarted by some resilient defending – last ditch tackles and brave blocks the order of the

David Symington had Reds’ first serious attempt at goal only for Matt Gould to gather comfortably but the highly rated young ‘keeper had no chance with the 43rd-minute opener. A good build-up culminated in Symington sending a twenty-five-yard screamer beyond Gould and into the net.

They doubled their advantage just two minutes later when Sam Joel continued his impressive start to life at this level with a well-taken goal, again after good approach work.

Soon after the restart, it could so easily have been three. Symington hit another superb shot from the edge of the box but, with Gould beaten, the ball rebounded to safety after rattling the crossbar.

But Joel did put the hosts in the comfort zone after 56 minutes, exploiting acres of space not usually associated with Stourbridge’s rearguard. His second goal made it 3-0 and that almost became four when Kyle May’s header, via a Tinnion corner, struck the crossbar.

Almost immediately, the visitors reduced the arrears with a penalty at the other end. Gari Rowntree pushed Matt Dodd off the ball and Benbow smashed home the subsequent spot-kick.

The Glassboys only other attempt on target saw Leon Broadhurst’s shot rebound off the crossbar.

Joel went close to completing a first senior hat-trick but placed his final attempt wide after Jake Simpson provided the assist.
Still all to play for in the final eight games.

Workington Taylor, Simpson, Rowntree, May, Smith, Calvert, Allison, Tinnion, Ryan (Waterston, 66), Joel, Symington (Cham, 89). Substitutes – Douglas, Henderson, Fowler (not used).

Stourbridge Gould, Wedderburn, Westlake, Tonks (Dodd, 60) Preston, Westwood (Green, 72), Jones, Broadhurst, Benbow, Archer (Cooke, 88), Birch. Substitute – McPike (not used).

Referee Leigh Doughty, Preston

Bookings: Rowntree (Workington), Preston, Westwood (Stourbridge)

Attendance 403

Key moments

Goal David Symington scores for Workington
Goal Samuel Joel scores for Workington
Goal Samuel Joel scores for Workington
Scored Penalty Luke Benbow scores a penalty for Stourbridge

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90:00 Player of the Match
Conor Tinnion is awarded player of the match for Workington
89:00 Sub On
Lamin Cham is substituted on for Workington
89:00 Sub Off
David Symington is substituted off for Workington
88:00 Sub On
Josh Cooke is substituted on for Stourbridge
88:00 Sub Off
Jordan Archer is substituted off for Stourbridge
72:00 Scored Penalty 3 - 1
Luke Benbow scores a penalty for Stourbridge
72:00 Sub On
Josh Green is substituted on for Stourbridge
72:00 Sub Off
Keiran Westwood is substituted off for Stourbridge
71:00 Yellow Card
Gari Rowntree is yellow carded for Workington
66:00 Sub On
Nathan Waterston is substituted on for Workington
66:00 Sub Off
Jack Ryan is substituted off for Workington
60:00 Sub On
Matt Dodd is substituted on for Stourbridge
60:00 Sub Off
Tom Tonks is substituted off for Stourbridge
55:00 Goal 3 - 0
Samuel Joel scores for Workington
45:00 Goal 2 - 0
Samuel Joel scores for Workington
45:00 Assist
Conor Tinnion makes an assist for Workington
End of period 1
43:00 Goal 1 - 0
David Symington scores for Workington
42:00 Yellow Card
Keiran Westwood is yellow carded for Stourbridge
30:00 Yellow Card
Dan Preston is yellow carded for Stourbridge
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Workington
  • Stourbridge
  • 0
  • Dan Preston Yellow Card 30:00'
  • Keiran Westwood Yellow Card 42:00'
  • David Symington Goal 43:00'
  • Samuel Joel Goal 45:00'
  • Conor Tinnion Assist 45:00'
  • Samuel Joel Goal 55:00'
  • Matt Dodd Sub On 60:00'
  • Tom Tonks Sub Off 60:00'
  • Nathan Waterston Sub On 66:00'
  • Jack Ryan Sub Off 66:00'
  • Gari Rowntree Yellow Card 71:00'
  • Luke Benbow Scored Penalty 72:00'
  • Josh Green Sub On 72:00'
  • Keiran Westwood Sub Off 72:00'
  • Josh Cooke Sub On 88:00'
  • Jordan Archer Sub Off 88:00'
  • Lamin Cham Sub On 89:00'
  • David Symington Sub Off 89:00'
  • Conor Tinnion Player of the Match 90:00'

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