First Team - Match centre

Nantwich Town
S Smith (39' OG), J Davies (47')
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Sat 19 Aug 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Attendance 307

Burzynski thwarts the Reds

Traditionally slow starters, Workington put their supporters through another frustrating ninety minutes after suffering back-to-back defeats on their travels.

And, just like at Marine five days earlier, Reds contributed to their own downfall with another hit and miss performance. In a repeat of their previous outing, the west Cumbrians found themselves two goals down before asserting some authority on the game.

The stumbling block on this occasion was Dabbers’ goalkeeper, Krystian Burzynski, who kept Reds at bay with a man-of-the-match performance which saw him make five stunning saves, and a few ordinary stops, in the second half.

But Nantwich were already in front at that stage, with goals either side of the interval, and possessed a determination that would see them through to their first win of the season.

The former Crewe Alexandra stopper, who kept a clean sheet on his debut at Borough Park two years ago, denied Josh Calvert in the first half when the contest was still goalless. His agility came to the fore after the break and eye-catching saves denied Scott Allison, twice, David Symington, twice, and Sam Joel with the save from the latter probably the best of the lot.

Yet despite the goalkeeper’s heroics, Reds have to look at their own performance and, in particular, the art of defending. A strongpoint in recent seasons, the back four has struggled in the two away games to date and, with only one left sided player in the quartet, have looked slightly out of kilter.

It will be put right, I’m sure, but it has cost Reds dearly in successive away games.

The opening goal was a personal disaster for Sam Smith who firstly conceded a free kick for a clumsy challenge which earned him a yellow card. Then, when the subsequent free-kick was delivered into the area, the Reds’ defender’s punishment was doubled when he conceded an unfortunate own-goal.

Prior to that, Reds hadn’t looked in any real danger and had weathered the expected early onslaught without too many alarms. Matt Bell shot wide with one of two attempts and the other was comfortably gathered by Aaran Taylor.

Calvert, Smith and Jack Ryan all missed the target in what could loosely be called first half chances for Reds.

But after Smith’s error of judgement, Reds looked a bit fragile at the back at the end of the first and start of the second halves.

Town’s second goal, after forty-seven minutes, was a case in point. The green-shirted home side cut Reds open with a swift counter attack and the cross from the right was controlled by Forbes. He laid the ball into the path of Jordan Davies who finished calmly and confidently with Reds defenders conspicuous by their absence.

And after going two goals down, Reds played their best football of the game but that’s when Mr. Burzynski came into his own and his colleagues had enough nous to see out the game.

Reds manager David Hewson couldn’t hide his disappointment afterwards saying, “Had Scott Allison equalised at the start of the second half I’m sure we would have gone on to win, but he was denied by another excellent save from the ‘keeper and, two minutes later, we are chasing the game after conceding a sloppy goal.”

“But we remain positive and are confident the current squad will come through this spell and turn things around,” he added.

One of the positives to emerge was the return of Conor Tinnion who played the final half hour without suffering any post match reaction to his hamstring problems.

Nantwich Town Burzynski, Bourne (Cooke, 68), Morgan, Stair, Mullarkey, Hall, Hughes, Forbes (Anderson, 64), Clayton, Bell, Davies (Jones, 88). Substitutes – Webster, McDonald (not used).

Workington Taylor, Simpson, Smith, Wordsworth, Douglas, Wright, Symington, Calvert, Ryan (Joel, 73), Wilson (Tinnion, 63), Allison. Substitutes – Mellen, Carter, Fowler (not used).

Referee Tom Bishop, Stoke-on-Trent

Bookings: Bourne, Bell (Nantwich Town), Smith, Calvert and Wordsworth (Workington)

Attendance 307

Key moments

Own Goal Sam Smith scores an own goal
Goal Jordan Davies scores for Nantwich Town


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90:00 Player of the Match
Scott Allison is awarded player of the match for Workington
88:00 Sub On
Steve Jones is substituted on for Nantwich Town
88:00 Sub Off
Jordan Davies is substituted off for Nantwich Town
73:00 Sub On
Samuel Joel is substituted on for Workington
73:00 Sub Off
Jack Ryan is substituted off for Workington
68:00 Sub On
Sean Cooke is substituted on for Nantwich Town
68:00 Sub Off
Troy Bourne is substituted off for Nantwich Town
64:00 Sub On
Kaiman Anderson is substituted on for Nantwich Town
64:00 Sub Off
David Forbes is substituted off for Nantwich Town
63:00 Sub On
Conor Tinnion is substituted on for Workington
63:00 Sub Off
Robert Wilson is substituted off for Workington
56:00 Yellow Card
Daniel Wordsworth is yellow carded for Workington
47:00 Goal 2 - 0
Jordan Davies scores for Nantwich Town
47:00 Assist
David Forbes makes an assist for Nantwich Town
End of period 1
44:00 Yellow Card
Joshua Calvert is yellow carded for Workington
39:00 Own Goal 1 - 0
Sam Smith scores an own goal
38:00 Yellow Card
Sam Smith is yellow carded for Workington
20:00 Yellow Card
Matt Bell is yellow carded for Nantwich Town
12:00 Yellow Card
Troy Bourne is yellow carded for Nantwich Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Nantwich Town
  • Workington
  • 0
  • Troy Bourne Yellow Card 12:00'
  • Matt Bell Yellow Card 20:00'
  • Sam Smith Yellow Card 38:00'
  • Sam Smith Own Goal 39:00'
  • Joshua Calvert Yellow Card 44:00'
  • Jordan Davies Goal 47:00'
  • David Forbes Assist 47:00'
  • Daniel Wordsworth Yellow Card 56:00'
  • Conor Tinnion Sub On 63:00'
  • Robert Wilson Sub Off 63:00'
  • Kaiman Anderson Sub On 64:00'
  • David Forbes Sub Off 64:00'
  • Sean Cooke Sub On 68:00'
  • Troy Bourne Sub Off 68:00'
  • Samuel Joel Sub On 73:00'
  • Jack Ryan Sub Off 73:00'
  • Steve Jones Sub On 88:00'
  • Jordan Davies Sub Off 88:00'
  • Scott Allison Player of the Match 90:00'

Team selection

Taylor, Aaran Taylor, Aaran
Simpson, Jake Simpson, Jake
Smith, Sam Smith, Sam
Wilson, Robert Wilson, Robert
Wright, Anthony Wright, Anthony
Douglas, Matthew Douglas, Matthew
Wordsworth, Daniel Wordsworth, Daniel
Calvert, Joshua Calvert, Joshua
Ryan, Jack Ryan, Jack
Allison, Scott Allison, Scott
Symington, David Symington, David
Nantwich Town
  • 1. Kristian Burzynski
  • 2. Troy Bourne
  • 3. Jamie Morgan
  • 4. Joel Stair
  • 5. Tobias Mullarkey
  • 6. Sam Hall
  • 7. Casper Hughes
  • 8. David Forbes
  • 9. Harry Clayton
  • 10. Matt Bell
  • 11. Jordan Davies
  • 12. Kaiman Anderson
  • 14. Keaton Webster
  • 15. Clayton McDonald
  • 16. Sean Cooke
  • 17. Steve Jones

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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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