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Nantwich Town
Workington
Full time
J Ryan (40')
Mon 17 Apr 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier - Premier Division Attendance 512

Reds inflict blues on the greens

With impeccable timing, Reds eased into the fifth and final play-off berth and one more win will see them qualify for the knock-out deciders.

This was the ultimate team performance against a very good Nantwich side and completing a league double over the Cheshire outfit is a notable achievement. And, depending on results in the final week of the season, they could meet yet again in the quest for promotion.

Squad rotation has never been an option for Reds but such is the strength of the current group, management were able to name a very strong bench boasting nearly 1,200 club appearances.
If that doesn’t boost confidence, nothing will.

Both teams had half chances in the early stages with Tom Peers’ shot partially blocked by Josh Calvert and easily gathered by Aaran Taylor with the latter then dealing with Matt Bell’s curler. Reds responded through two Rob Wilson efforts, the first a low angled drive and the second a shot which bobbled, neither of which troubled Krystian Burzynski.

The visitors then applied a vice-like grip on defensive matters and strangled the life out of one of the league’s most potent attacks.

With five minutes of the first half remaining, Reds netted what proved to be the decider. Jake Simpson angled in one of his trademark free-kicks and Jack Ryan pinned his marker before heading powerfully into the net.

Town had a chance to level before the break but Taylor gathered Peers’ well struck free-kick at the second attempt.

Nantwich upped the tempo on the restart but, a team renowned for its passing abilities, couldn’t prize open Workington’s outstanding defence which didn’t even include Messrs May and Rowntree!

Vinny Mukendi sent Wayne Riley clear through the inside right channel but another defensive block averted the danger at the expense of a corner.

Then skipper Taylor pulled off a match winning save to keep out a Curtis Jones effort, via a tempting assist from the right.

Steve Jones then broke through but the veteran screwed his shot wide and his next attempt at goal was blocked by the outstanding Sam Smith.

Most of the play was now in Reds’ defensive half of the pitch and they dealt with everything with assured calmness, but there was moment of panic when Dan Wordsworth dragged down Ibou Touray a foot outside the area.

The Dabbers wasted the subsequent free-kick and their frustration became more evident as they ran out of ideas.

And it was Wordsworth who saw the game through to a satisfactory conclusion with three or four vital clearances in stoppage time. His return to the side has coincided with four consecutive clean sheets.

The final whistle was greeted with elation by the Workington faithful who followed last away game tradition by turning up in fancy dress – a wonderful collection of sheikhs, film characters, prisoners and pirates!

Nantwich Town Burzynski, White, Touray, Jones C, Harrison (Stair, 25), Hall, Hancock, Riley, Peers (Mukendi, 55), Bell, Mwasile (Jones S, 55). Substitutes – Brooke, Abadaki (not used).

Workington Taylor, Simpson, Smith, Wordsworth, Calvert, Earl, Allison, Wilson, Ryan (Waterston, 61), Joel (Wright, 70), Tinnion. Substitutes – Rowntree, May, Symington (not used).

Referee Peter Gibbons, Wirral

Bookings: Calvert, Taylor (Workington)

Attendance 512

Key moments

40:00
Goal Jack Ryan scores for Workington

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90:00 Player of the Match
Daniel Wordsworth is awarded player of the match for Workington
86:00 Yellow Card
Aaran Taylor is yellow carded for Workington
77:00 Yellow Card
Joshua Calvert is yellow carded for Workington
70:00 Sub On
Anthony Wright is substituted on for Workington
70:00 Sub Off
Samuel Joel is substituted off for Workington
61:00 Sub On
Nathan Waterston is substituted on for Workington
61:00 Sub Off
Jack Ryan is substituted off for Workington
55:00 Sub On
Steve Jones is substituted on for Nantwich Town
55:00 Sub On
Vinny Mukendi is substituted on for Nantwich Town
55:00 Sub Off
Joe Mwasile is substituted off for Nantwich Town
55:00 Sub Off
Tom Peers is substituted off for Nantwich Town
End of period 1
40:00 Goal 0 - 1
Jack Ryan scores for Workington
40:00 Assist
Jake Simpson makes an assist for Workington
25:00 Sub On
Joel Stair is substituted on for Nantwich Town
25:00 Sub Off
Ben Harrison is substituted off for Nantwich Town
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As it happened

  • Nantwich Town
  • Workington
  • 0
  • Joel Stair Sub On 25:00'
  • Ben Harrison Sub Off 25:00'
  • Jack Ryan Goal 40:00'
  • Jake Simpson Assist 40:00'
  • Vinny Mukendi Sub On 55:00'
  • Steve Jones Sub On 55:00'
  • Joe Mwasile Sub Off 55:00'
  • Tom Peers Sub Off 55:00'
  • Nathan Waterston Sub On 61:00'
  • Jack Ryan Sub Off 61:00'
  • Anthony Wright Sub On 70:00'
  • Samuel Joel Sub Off 70:00'
  • Joshua Calvert Yellow Card 77:00'
  • Aaran Taylor Yellow Card 86:00'
  • Daniel Wordsworth Player of the Match 90:00'

Team selection

Taylor, Aaran Taylor, Aaran
Simpson, Jake Simpson, Jake
Smith, Sam Smith, Sam
Earl, James Earl, James
Calvert, Joshua Calvert, Joshua
Wordsworth, Daniel Wordsworth, Daniel
Allison, Scott Allison, Scott
Tinnion, Conor Tinnion, Conor
Wilson, Robert Wilson, Robert
Ryan, Jack Ryan, Jack
Joel, Samuel Joel, Samuel
Nantwich Town
  • 1. Krystian Burzynski
  • 2. Andy White
  • 3. Ibou Touray
  • 4. Curtis Jones
  • 5. Ben Harrison
  • 6. Sam Hall
  • 7. Josh Hancock
  • 8. Wayne Riley
  • 9. Tom Peers
  • 10. Matt Bell
  • 11. Joe Mwasile
  • 12. Ryan Brooks
  • 14. Joel Stair
  • 15. Osebi Abadaki
  • 16. Vinny Mukendi
  • 17. Steve Jones

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