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Hednesford Town
C Steele (90')
Full time
S Allison (24' Pen)
Sat 14 Oct 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Attendance 403

Checkaine steals Reds victory

Another hard earned point on the road but it should have been three with Reds conceding a ninetieth minute equaliser.

“It was so nearly the perfect away performance,” according to joint-boss, David Hewson, who added, “but those are the fine lines we are dealing with.

“I had a gut feeling that we would get a response from the players after the disappointment at Witton Albion and, to a man, we certainly got that. We coped with the threat they posed but one slip has cost us what would have been a very satisfying win.”

Reds had gone in front after twenty-four minutes after a flowing move down the left involving Anthony Wright, Dav Symington and Sam Smith. The latter found himself in the Hednesford area only to have his run abruptly halted by Reece King’s unfair challenge.

The referee pointed to the spot and with regular takers, Rob Wilson and Conor Tinnion sitting in the dug-out, Scott Allison resumed responsibility. Goalkeeper, James Wren, got a hand to the ball but couldn’t complete the save.

And Reds comfortably held on to that lead until stoppage time when the Pitmen’s substitute, Checkaine Steele, collected a loose ball just outside the area and sent a low shot into the bottom corner of Aaran Taylor’s net.

Jubilation for the hosts, despair for Reds.

Even then, the excitement wasn’t over with Workington unlucky not to grab a winner during the four minutes of added time. A delightful cross from Symington saw Nathan Waterston meet the ball only to head against the crossbar and, in the ensuing scramble, Darren Campion’s lunging challenge on Allison went unpunished.

“A stonewall penalty,” claimed Hewson.

Allison had a magnificent game but he wasn’t alone with Symington’s performance close to his best in a Workington shirt. The back four as a unit were superb and the midfield trio of James Earl, Anthony Wright and Jordan Holt all put a shift in.

Holt had a great opportunity to clinch the game, however, but Wren saved well early in the second half which, ultimately, led to the late drama.

The referee produced the first yellow card in the fifth minute with Town’s Jordan Graham accused of simulation in the Workington area. Josh Calvert was punished soon after for a bout of wrestling with Danny Glover and, by the end of the afternoon, Reds had picked up three more bookings with Dan Wordsworth, Smith and Earl the recipients for repeated fouls.

Having dealt with Hednesford’s main threat of quickly getting the ball into the danger area via free kicks, corners and Ben Bailey’s long throws, it was ironic that Reds should concede the late leveller when the ball was actually on the grass.
So near yet so far.

Hednesford Town Wren, Melbourne, Campion, Bailey, Mutton, Fitzpatrick, King (Collins, 73), Thorley, Glover (Butlin, 71), Graham, Lawrie (Steele, 64). Substitutes Weir, Davies (not used).

Workington Taylor, Douglas, Smith, Wordsworth, Calvert, Wright, Earl (Wilson, 69), Holt, Waterston, Allison, Symington. Substitutes – Joel, Mellen, Rowntree, Fowler (not used).

Referee Mr J Nield

Bookings: Graham (Hednesford Town), Calvert, Smith, Wordsworth, Earl (Workington)

Attendance 403

Scott Allison

Player of the Match

Scott Allison

Key moments

Scored Penalty Scott Allison scores a penalty for Workington
Goal Checkaine Steele scores for Hednesford Town


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90:00 +3:00 Player of the Match
Scott Allison is awarded player of the match for Workington
90:00 Goal 1 - 1
Checkaine Steele scores for Hednesford Town
73:00 Sub On
Lewis Collins is substituted on for Hednesford Town
73:00 Sub Off
Reece King is substituted off for Hednesford Town
71:00 Sub On
Joey Butlin is substituted on for Hednesford Town
71:00 Sub Off
Danny Glover is substituted off for Hednesford Town
69:00 Sub On
Robert Wilson is substituted on for Workington
69:00 Sub Off
James Earl is substituted off for Workington
65:00 Yellow Card
James Earl is yellow carded for Workington
64:00 Sub On
Checkaine Steele is substituted on for Hednesford Town
64:00 Sub Off
James Lawrie is substituted off for Hednesford Town
56:00 Yellow Card
Daniel Wordsworth is yellow carded for Workington
End of period 1
37:00 Yellow Card
Sam Smith is yellow carded for Workington
24:00 Scored Penalty 0 - 1
Scott Allison scores a penalty for Workington
7:00 Yellow Card
Joshua Calvert is yellow carded for Workington
5:00 Yellow Card
Jordan Graham is yellow carded for Hednesford Town
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Hednesford Town
  • Workington
  • 0
  • Jordan Graham Yellow Card 5:00'
  • Joshua Calvert Yellow Card 7:00'
  • Scott Allison Scored Penalty 24:00'
  • Sam Smith Yellow Card 37:00'
  • Daniel Wordsworth Yellow Card 56:00'
  • Checkaine Steele Sub On 64:00'
  • James Lawrie Sub Off 64:00'
  • James Earl Yellow Card 65:00'
  • Robert Wilson Sub On 69:00'
  • James Earl Sub Off 69:00'
  • Joey Butlin Sub On 71:00'
  • Danny Glover Sub Off 71:00'
  • Lewis Collins Sub On 73:00'
  • Reece King Sub Off 73:00'
  • Checkaine Steele Goal 90:00'

Team selection

Hednesford Town
  • 1. James Wren
  • 2. Alex Melbourne
  • 3. Darren Campion
  • 4. Ben Bailey
  • 5. James Mutton
  • 6. Joe Fitzpatrick
  • 7. Reece King
  • 8. Tom Thgorley
  • 9. Danny Glover
  • 10. Jordan Graham
  • 11. James Lawrie
  • 12. Checkaine Steele
  • 14. Lewis Collins
  • 15. Joey Butlin
  • 16. Tyler Weir
  • 17. Jed Davies

League round up

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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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