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Mickleover Sports
D Wordsworth (13', 43'), P McLuckie (84')
Full time
Sat 9 Dec 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Attendance 387

Clinical Reds see off Sports

The highlight of this game, perhaps the season so far, was Reds’ third goal in the eighty-fourth minute.

Scott Allison started the incisive move playing the ball out wide to Nathan Waterston who quickly looked up to see Phil McLuckie making a charge through the middle. In one swift movement, displaying vision and precision, Waterston played a stunning assist into McLuckie and, taking the ball in his stride, he advanced towards the Town End goal before planting an unstoppable shot past Sports’ ‘keeper, Lewis King.

A great goal which epitomised the game in general, Workington were clinical when chances came their way whereas Mickleover, who played some wonderful passing football, rarely looked like scoring. At times, they were guilty of playing too much football.

The Derbyshire outfit started brightly and vastly experienced duo, Pablo Mills and player-manager, John McGrath, combined to carve out the game’s first chance. McGrath sent over a well flighted corner and Mills met the ball only for his header to be comfortably gathered by Aaran Taylor.

Evan Garnett then broke through Reds’ rearguard a little too easily but, as Taylor advanced off his line, Sports’ number ten guided the ball wide of the far post. A well struck Andy Dales shot was easily collected by Taylor and, after that early activity inside the opening ten minutes, the visitors didn’t have another serious attempt at goal, despite dominating the possession throughout.

Workington got their noses in front after thirteen minutes and, to be fair, against the run of play. Conor Tinnion’s original corner was cleared but, at the second attempt, his cross found Dan Wordsworth who scored his first goal of the season with a well directed glancing header.

The second goal, just before the interval, was also credited to Dan-the-man but was controversial to say the least. Tinnion again provided the assist and Wordsworth appeared to be dragged to the ground and he handled the ball in the process. The ball finished in the net and the referee awarded the goal when either a penalty to the hosts or a free kick to Sports seemed the more logical option.

Mickleover appealed with some justification but the goal stood and Wordsworth doubled his tally.

Reds had two scares in the second half, one of which saw a Taylor clearance charged down by Dales but the ‘keeper recovered to clear the danger. Then Garnett headed wide when it looked easier to score via Jake Scott’s cross from the right.

Apart from McLuckie’s superb goal, the energetic midfielder had genuine claims for a penalty rejected when cleverly barged out of the way by Alex Morris and was inches away from scoring a second after intelligent play from Matty Douglas created the opening.

The win, Reds ninth on home soil, lifted them to a seasonal high 5th place and left Lee Andrews well satisfied.

“As expected, Mickleover moved the ball about well but we defended superbly and they rarely troubled us and, with no injuries to report, we can now start preparing for the visit of Hartlepool.”

Workington Taylor, Douglas, Rowntree, Wordsworth, Calvert, Wright, Symington (Waterston, 75), McLuckie, Allison, Joel (Earl, 85), Tinnion. Substitutes – Mellen, Whitehead and Wilson (not used).

Mickleover Sports King, Grocott, Turner, McGrath, Mills, Burgin, Dales, Scott, Morris (Grayson, 67), Garnett, Phillips. Substitutes – Timms, Horne, Morrison (not used).

Referee Chris Ellis, Newton Aycliffe

Bookings: King, McGrath, Burgin (Mickleover Sports)
Attendance 387

Anthony Wright

Player of the Match

Anthony Wright

Key moments

Goal Daniel Wordsworth scores for Workington
Goal Daniel Wordsworth scores for Workington
Goal Philip McLuckie scores for Workington


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90:00 Player of the Match
Anthony Wright is awarded player of the match for Workington
85:00 Sub On
James Earl is substituted on for Workington
85:00 Sub Off
Samuel Joel is substituted off for Workington
84:00 Goal 3 - 0
Philip McLuckie scores for Workington
84:00 Assist
Nathan Waterston makes an assist for Workington
77:00 Sub On
Nathan Waterston is substituted on for Workington
77:00 Sub Off
David Symington is substituted off for Workington
74:00 Yellow Card
Tom Burgin is yellow carded for Mickleover Sports
67:00 Sub On
Bradley Grayson is substituted on for Mickleover Sports
67:00 Sub Off
Alex Morris is substituted off for Mickleover Sports
50:00 Yellow Card
John McGrath is yellow carded for Mickleover Sports
End of period 1
44:00 Yellow Card
Lewis King is yellow carded for Mickleover Sports
43:00 Goal 2 - 0
Daniel Wordsworth scores for Workington
43:00 Assist
Conor Tinnion makes an assist for Workington
13:00 Goal 1 - 0
Daniel Wordsworth scores for Workington
13:00 Assist
Conor Tinnion makes an assist for Workington
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Workington
  • Mickleover Sports
  • 0
  • Daniel Wordsworth Goal 13:00'
  • Conor Tinnion Assist 13:00'
  • Daniel Wordsworth Goal 43:00'
  • Conor Tinnion Assist 43:00'
  • Lewis King Yellow Card 44:00'
  • John McGrath Yellow Card 50:00'
  • Bradley Grayson Sub On 67:00'
  • Alex Morris Sub Off 67:00'
  • Tom Burgin Yellow Card 74:00'
  • Nathan Waterston Sub On 77:00'
  • David Symington Sub Off 77:00'
  • Philip McLuckie Goal 84:00'
  • Nathan Waterston Assist 84:00'
  • James Earl Sub On 85:00'
  • Samuel Joel Sub Off 85:00'

Team selection

Mickleover Sports
  • 1. Lewis King
  • 2. Kevin Grocott
  • 3. Ben Turner
  • 4. John McGrath
  • 5. Pablo Mills
  • 6. Tom Burgin
  • 7. Andy Dales
  • 8. Jake Scott
  • 9. Alex Morris
  • 10. Evan Garnett
  • 11. Jimmy Phillips
  • 12. Matt Timms
  • 14. Bradley Grayson
  • 15. Reece Horne
  • 17. Clinton Morrison

League round up

Other The EVO-STIK Premier Division results

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Rushall Olympic
Stafford Rangers
Warrington Town
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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Altrincham 21 44
2. Shaw Lane 20 42
3. Grantham Town 23 41
4. Warrington Town 21 40
5. Workington 23 39
6. Ashton United 21 38
7. Farsley Celtic 23 36

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