First Team - Match centre

Halesowen Town
J Ryan (2'), S Allison (8'), S Smith (20')
Full time
A Taylor (82' OG)
Sat 12 Aug 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Attendance 638

Reds start the season with a bang

An explosive start paved the way for an opening day victory for Reds as they netted three goals in the first twenty minutes.

What proved to be an unassailable lead got the season off to a good start and, although Halesowen were always in the game, Reds emerged comfortable winners.

“I couldn’t believe we were a goal-up inside two minutes making it a dream start,” was David Hewson’s response to Workington scoring one of the quickest goals of the new Evo-Stik League campaign.

He was referring to Jack Ryan’s close range header following an early corner. Dav Symington sent the ball towards the far post, Josh Calvert headed it back into the danger area and Ryan reacted first to convert past visiting ‘keeper, Daniel Platt.

It got better for Reds who doubled their lead six minutes later. Ryan was involved in the build-up, along with Anthony Wright, which culminated in Scott Allison driving a sweetly struck, left foot shot into the far corner.

The travelling Yeltz support must have feared the worst but they would have been delighted by their team’s response.

James Spray levered Dan Wordsworth off the ball but could only drag his shot into the side netting, and luck was against them when Luke Shearer’s snap shot hit the foot of the post with Reds’ defence all at sea.

The home side grabbed a third goal with just twenty minutes on the clock via a free kick which seemed to go horribly wrong. Sam Smith was on hand to lash home from twelve yards after a series of miss-kicks in the area.

Josh Calvert then became Reds’ first yellow card recipient of the season when he impeded the lively Shearer.

Reds were never the same going forward after that early onslaught, and Halesowen saw plenty of the ball in the second half but never looked as dangerous as they had in the first.

Calvert came close with a second half opportunity and Nathan Waterston headed over the top from his only chance, after being introduced as a substitute.

Ten minutes from time, two contentious decisions revived a game that was drifting towards a mundane conclusion.

The first saw Halesowen’s Shearer go down in the area under a challenge from Wordsworth but the referee turned down legitimate claims for a penalty. That none decision went in Reds favour but, seconds later, another big call went against them.

Shearer floated the ball into the area and as Aaran Taylor went to collect the ball, he appeared to be fouled by Danny Bragoli. The upshot saw the goalkeeper palming the ball into his own net after clearly being impeded.

It was a consolation goal the visitors probably deserved, their first in four visits to Borough Park incidentally, but not in those circumstances.

Reds managed to see out the final few minutes without any further scares and, when one or two home players were a little below par, they had the game’s outstanding individual in Wright.

He was starting his thirteenth season with the club and produced a virtuoso performance which made a mockery of his injury problems over recent years.

Workington Taylor, Simpson, Smith, Wordsworth, Calvert, Wright, Symington, Wilson (Mellen, 72), Ryan (Waterston, 62), Joel (Douglas, 81), Allison. Substitutes – Earl, MacDonald (not used).

Halesowen Town Platt, Alexander, Kelly, Walker (Clarke, 63), Lewis, Charlton, Howell, Bragoli, Shearer, Chilton (Mellors-Blair, 38), Spray (Aebor, 73). Substitutes – Morrison, Steele (not used).

Referee Richard Holmes, Preston

Bookings: Calvert (Workington), Alexander, Charlton (Halesowen Town)

Attendance 638

Key moments

Goal Jack Ryan scores for Workington
Goal Scott Allison scores for Workington
Goal Sam Smith scores for Workington
Own Goal Aaran Taylor scores an own goal


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90:00 Player of the Match
Anthony Wright is awarded player of the match for Workington
82:00 Own Goal 3 - 1
Aaran Taylor scores an own goal
81:00 Sub On
Matthew Douglas is substituted on for Workington
81:00 Sub Off
Samuel Joel is substituted off for Workington
73:00 Sub On
Roland Aebor is substituted on for Halesowen Town
73:00 Sub Off
James Spray is substituted off for Halesowen Town
72:00 Sub On
Jamie Mellen is substituted on for Workington
72:00 Sub Off
Robert Wilson is substituted off for Workington
63:00 Sub On
Benjamin Clarke is substituted on for Halesowen Town
63:00 Sub Off
Nathan Walker is substituted off for Halesowen Town
62:00 Sub On
Nathan Waterston is substituted on for Workington
62:00 Sub Off
Jack Ryan is substituted off for Workington
47:00 Yellow Card
Asa Charlton is yellow carded for Halesowen Town
45:00 Yellow Card
Jack Alexander is yellow carded for Halesowen Town
End of period 1
38:00 Sub On
Will Mellors-Blair is substituted on for Halesowen Town
38:00 Sub Off
Lee Chilton is substituted off for Halesowen Town
31:00 Yellow Card
Joshua Calvert is yellow carded for Workington
20:00 Goal 3 - 0
Sam Smith scores for Workington
8:00 Goal 2 - 0
Scott Allison scores for Workington
8:00 Assist
Anthony Wright makes an assist for Workington
2:00 Goal 1 - 0
Jack Ryan scores for Workington
2:00 Assist
Joshua Calvert makes an assist for Workington
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Workington
  • Halesowen Town
  • 0
  • Jack Ryan Goal 2:00'
  • Joshua Calvert Assist 2:00'
  • Scott Allison Goal 8:00'
  • Anthony Wright Assist 8:00'
  • Sam Smith Goal 20:00'
  • Joshua Calvert Yellow Card 31:00'
  • Will Mellors-Blair Sub On 38:00'
  • Lee Chilton Sub Off 38:00'
  • Jack Alexander Yellow Card 45:00'
  • Asa Charlton Yellow Card 47:00'
  • Nathan Waterston Sub On 62:00'
  • Jack Ryan Sub Off 62:00'
  • Benjamin Clarke Sub On 63:00'
  • Nathan Walker Sub Off 63:00'
  • Jamie Mellen Sub On 72:00'
  • Robert Wilson Sub Off 72:00'
  • Roland Aebor Sub On 73:00'
  • James Spray Sub Off 73:00'
  • Matthew Douglas Sub On 81:00'
  • Samuel Joel Sub Off 81:00'
  • Aaran Taylor Own Goal 82:00'
  • Anthony Wright Player of the Match 90:00'

Team selection

Taylor, Aaran Taylor, Aaran
Wilson, Robert Wilson, Robert
Simpson, Jake Simpson, Jake
Wright, Anthony Wright, Anthony
Calvert, Joshua Calvert, Joshua
Wordsworth, Daniel Wordsworth, Daniel
Symington, David Symington, David
Smith, Sam Smith, Sam
Ryan, Jack Ryan, Jack
Joel, Samuel Joel, Samuel
Allison, Scott Allison, Scott
Halesowen Town
  • 1. Daniel Platt
  • 2. Jack Alexander
  • 3. Jack Kelly
  • 4. Nathan Walker
  • 5. Bradley Lewis
  • 6. Asa Charlton
  • 7. Joseph Howell
  • 8. Daniele Bragoli
  • 9. Luke Shearer
  • 10. Lee Chilton
  • 11. James Spray
  • 12. Kyle Morrison
  • 14. Benjamin Clarke
  • 15. Will Mellors-Blair
  • 16. Cameron Steele
  • 17. Roland Aebor

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
16. Sutton Coldfield Town 3 3
17. Halesowen Town 3 3
18. Workington 3 3
19. Stalybridge Celtic 3 3
20. Rushall Olympic 3 3
21. Marine 3 3
22. Hednesford Town 3 1

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