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First Team - Match centre

Shaw Lane
P Clayton (22'), D Reeves (61'), A Byrne (72')
Full time
S Smith (44'), C Tinnion (69')
Mon 18 Sep 19:45 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Attendance 164

Frustrating night for the Reds

Damian Reeves’ goal just after the hour mark changed the complexion of this game amid controversy and protests.

Receiving the ball in an offside position, the prolific marksman did what he does best – put the ball in the net, giving Shaw Lane a 2-1 lead.

But the protests which followed, all in vain it has to be said, disrupted Reds’ control of the game and with it went their composure and discipline. They were ragged for the remainder of the game and clearly rattled by a second debatable decision in consecutive away matches.

Assistant referee Gareth Thomas was adamant that David Symington had played Reeves on-side but seven or eight Cumbrians argued otherwise. James Earl’s blasphemous protests earned him a booking, others escaped punishment.

Not one to condone such behaviour, it was easy to understand the frustration.

For an hour, Reds were Shaw Lane’s equal and, at times, better but they fell into the trap of becoming involved in a battle as the hosts cleverly interrupted the flow of the game at every opportunity.

Three chances in the first three minutes suggested Reds were in the mood but Dav Symington’s hooked volley, Jack Ryan being inches away from converting a Conor Tinnion cross and Anthony Wright’s twenty yarder just going wide failed to produce that all important opening goal.

It was against the run of play when Lane went in front via Paul Clayton’s fine headed goal from Alex Byrne’s corner after twenty two minutes.

But Reds remained positive and Tinnion was thwarted by two extravagant saves from Jon Shaw, who also kept out a close range Dan Wordsworth effort.

Apart from their goal, the hosts had a flicked header cleared off the line, Aaran Taylor keeping out a Nicky Walker effort and Paul Ennis being outnumbered by defenders as he broke through on goal.

Then, at the end of a pleasing forty five minutes from a Workington prospective, came a deserved equaliser. Jake Simpson sent in a decent cross from a corner which Sam Smith, on as an early substitute, powering home a fine header.

David Norris tested Taylor soon after the restart but Reds were still playing at a good tempo.

That changed immediately Reeves’ restored The Ducks lead.

But Reds found a way back and were level after sixty-nine minutes in ironic circumstances. Stewart was killing time at every opportunity but was left rather red-faced when he deflected Tinnion’s corner into the net for a comical own goal.

Within three minutes, though, Lane were back in front and there was no way back for Reds on this occasion.

Wordsworth was tangling with Reeves and the referee blew for a free kick just as the latter lifted the ball into the net. The reprieve was short-lived as Byrne’s shot appeared to find a way through the defensive wall leaving Taylor flat-footed and helpless.

The win took the Barnsley outfit to the top of the table whilst Reds, languishing in mid-table, are conceding too many goals, dubious or otherwise, for a team with play-off aspirations.

Shaw Lane Stewart, Austin, Serrant, Norris, Lugsden, Qualter, Byrne, Harris, Clayton (Osborne, 79), Ennis (Reeves, 62), Walker (Hough, 90). Substitutes – Payne, Bacon (not used).

Workington Taylor, Simpson, Symington, Wordsworth, Calvert, Wright, Earl, Holt, Allison, Ryan (Smith, 14), Tinnion. Substitutes – Douglas, Mellen, Rowntree (not used).

Referee Darren Watling, Bridlington

Bookings: Earl, Allison (Workington)

Attendance 164

Anthony Wright

Player of the Match

Anthony Wright

Key moments

Goal Paul Clayton scores for Shaw Lane
Goal Sam Smith scores for Workington
Goal Damian Reeves scores for Shaw Lane
Goal Conor Tinnion scores for Workington
Goal Alex Byrne scores for Shaw Lane


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90:00 Sub Off
Nicky Walker is substituted off for Shaw Lane
90:00 Sub On
Cameron Hough is substituted on for Shaw Lane
90:00 Player of the Match
Anthony Wright is awarded player of the match for Workington
82:00 Yellow Card
Scott Allison is yellow carded for Workington
79:00 Sub On
Sam Osborne is substituted on for Shaw Lane
79:00 Sub Off
Paul Clayton is substituted off for Shaw Lane
72:00 Goal 3 - 2
Alex Byrne scores for Shaw Lane
69:00 Goal 2 - 2
Conor Tinnion scores for Workington
62:00 Sub Off
Paul Ennis is substituted off for Shaw Lane
62:00 Sub On
Damian Reeves is substituted on for Shaw Lane
61:00 Goal 2 - 1
Damian Reeves scores for Shaw Lane
60:00 Yellow Card
James Earl is yellow carded for Workington
End of period 1
44:00 Goal 1 - 1
Sam Smith scores for Workington
44:00 Assist
Jake Simpson makes an assist for Workington
22:00 Assist
Alex Byrne makes an assist for Shaw Lane
22:00 Goal 1 - 0
Paul Clayton scores for Shaw Lane
14:00 Sub On
Sam Smith is substituted on for Workington
14:00 Sub Off
Jack Ryan is substituted off for Workington
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Shaw Lane
  • Workington
  • 0
  • Sam Smith Sub On 14:00'
  • Jack Ryan Sub Off 14:00'
  • Paul Clayton Goal 22:00'
  • Alex Byrne Assist 22:00'
  • Sam Smith Goal 44:00'
  • Jake Simpson Assist 44:00'
  • James Earl Yellow Card 60:00'
  • Damian Reeves Goal 61:00'
  • Damian Reeves Sub On 62:00'
  • Paul Ennis Sub Off 62:00'
  • Conor Tinnion Goal 69:00'
  • Alex Byrne Goal 72:00'
  • Sam Osborne Sub On 79:00'
  • Paul Clayton Sub Off 79:00'
  • Scott Allison Yellow Card 82:00'
  • Cameron Hough Sub On 90:00'
  • Nicky Walker Sub Off 90:00'

Team selection

Shaw Lane
  • 1. Jon Stewart
  • 2. Neil Austen
  • 3. Ryan Serrant
  • 4. David Norris
  • 5. Kelvin Lugsden
  • 6. Ryan Qualter
  • 7. Alex Byrne
  • 8. Spencer Harris
  • 9. Paul Clayton
  • 10. Paul Ennis
  • 11. Nicky Walker
  • 12. Sam Osborne
  • 14. Niah Payne
  • 15. Damian Reeves
  • 16. Cameron Hough
  • 17. Morgan Bacon


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
8. Barwell 36 53
9. Hednesford Town 37 53
10. Workington 35 52
11. Stafford Rangers 37 49
12. Mickleover Sports 36 45
13. Lancaster City 36 45
14. Nantwich Town 35 45

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