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First Team - Match centre

Lancaster City
B Akrigg (70'), C Bailey (93')
Full time
P McLuckie (13'), C Tinnion (72')
Tue 26 Dec 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Attendance 405

Late leveller for Lancaster

Reds’ impressive run throughout Autumn and early Winter extended to sixteen matches but, after conceding so late in the day, this draw felt like a defeat.

“We have one deflated dressing room in there after conceding that late equaliser,” was Lee Andrews take on matters after City scored in the third minute of time added on.

The fact that the Dolly Blues scored two wonder goals is of little consolation to Reds, but the fact that decisions in the build-up to both went against them rankles a bit.

Billy Akrigg curled in the first equaliser from twenty-five yards following a debatable throw in which Dav Symington claimed was Workington’s. Those things go either way so you accept it is a part and parcel of the game.

But City’s ninety-third-minute heart-breaker was more controversial. Reds were trying to waste time near the corner flag with Scott Allison shielding the ball from his blue-shirted marker.

It is a tactic Reds have never quite mastered but they were wronged on this occasion when the referee penalised Allison for no apparent reason.

Admittedly, Lancaster still had to work the ball the length of the field and there were opportunities to clear the danger before Charlie Bailey restored parity in spectacular fashion.

Poor defending, a bit of bad luck or a touch naive? Let’s be kind and say a bit of all three!

Without being at their best, Reds were in control of the situation and should have had the points safely in the bag long before the dramatic finale.

The fact that they weren’t was down to understudy goalkeeper, Chris Cheetham, who was erratic in the first half but quite outstanding in the second. It was his handling error that led to Reds opening goal after twelve minutes with Phil McLuckie pouncing to drive home the loose ball after a Conor Tinnion and Symington free kick routine had caused the problem.

That was just after he had fumbled an earlier Tinnion strike.

At the other end, one time Reds’ target, Ryan Winder, tested Aaran Taylor with the latter dealing confidently with a well-struck twenty-five yarder, then diving to his right to push away a free kick.

Reds needed that second goal and it looked as though they might get it when Allison’s defence-splitting pass released Sam Joel. But Cheetham atoned for his earlier blunder by smothering the ball at Joel’s feet.

Cheetham again earned backslaps from his colleagues in the second half when, in the space of ten seconds, he thwarted Allison, Tinnion and Joel in quick succession with fine reflex saves.

City’s first substitute, Akrigg, made it all square in the seventy-first minute but Reds response was stunning and a minute later they were back in front. Symington’s diagonal ball found Joel and he moved the ball wide to the outstanding Tinnion. His wand of a left foot sent the ball around Cheetham and into the far corner of the net.

He should have scored another soon after but Cheetham stood tall and blocked the shot.

But the homeside dropped their direct approach in the final few minutes and started to get behind Reds’ rearguard. Richard Mercer met one teasing cross but headed straight into Taylor’s arms when it looked easier to score.

And their persistence was rewarded with that last-gasp equaliser leaving Reds to rue those squandered opportunities.

They ended the day in third position but it was a case of two points dropped rather than one gained.

Lancaster City Cheetham, Hudson, Dugdale (Bailey C, 79), Wills, Steel, Mercer, Winder (Kilifin, 60), Bailey S, Williams, Carney (Akrigg, 46), Jarvis. Substitutes – Clark, Henry (not used).

Workington Taylor, Douglas, Rowntree, Wordsworth, Calvert, Wilson (Earl, 74), Symington, McLuckie, Allison, Joel (Mellen, 88), Tinnion. Substitutes – Harker, Holliday and Fowler (not used).

Referee Elliott Swallow, Blackpool

Bookings: Wills (Lancaster City), Wilson, Wordsworth and Allison (Workington)

Attendance 405

5 sports clubs amongst winners in the Jewson Building Better Communities competition.

Conor Tinnion

Player of the Match

Conor Tinnion

Key moments

Goal Philip McLuckie scores for Workington
Goal Billy Akrigg scores for Lancaster City
Goal Conor Tinnion scores for Workington
90:00 +3:00
Goal Charlie Bailey scores for Lancaster City


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90:00 +4:00 Player of the Match
Conor Tinnion is awarded player of the match for Workington
90:00 +3:00 Goal 2 - 2
Charlie Bailey scores for Lancaster City
89:00 Sub On
Jamie Mellen is substituted on for Workington
89:00 Sub Off
Samuel Joel is substituted off for Workington
80:00 Sub On
Charlie Bailey is substituted on for Lancaster City
80:00 Sub Off
Paul Dugdale is substituted off for Lancaster City
74:00 Sub On
James Earl is substituted on for Workington
74:00 Sub Off
Robert Wilson is substituted off for Workington
72:00 Goal 1 - 2
Conor Tinnion scores for Workington
70:00 Goal 1 - 1
Billy Akrigg scores for Lancaster City
66:00 Yellow Card
Daniel Wordsworth is yellow carded for Workington
62:00 Sub On
Tom Kilifin is substituted on for Lancaster City
62:00 Sub Off
Ryan Winder is substituted off for Lancaster City
59:00 Yellow Card
Scott Allison is yellow carded for Workington
46:00 Sub Off
Craig Carney is substituted off for Lancaster City
46:00 Sub On
Billy Akrigg is substituted on for Lancaster City
End of period 1
30:00 Yellow Card
Robert Wilson is yellow carded for Workington
13:00 Assist
David Symington makes an assist for Workington
13:00 Goal 0 - 1
Philip McLuckie scores for Workington
12:00 Yellow Card
Simon Wills is yellow carded for Lancaster City
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Lancaster City
  • Workington
  • 0
  • Simon Wills Yellow Card 12:00'
  • David Symington Assist 13:00'
  • Philip McLuckie Goal 13:00'
  • Robert Wilson Yellow Card 30:00'
  • Craig Carney Sub Off 46:00'
  • Billy Akrigg Sub On 46:00'
  • Scott Allison Yellow Card 59:00'
  • Tom Kilifin Sub On 62:00'
  • Ryan Winder Sub Off 62:00'
  • Daniel Wordsworth Yellow Card 66:00'
  • Billy Akrigg Goal 70:00'
  • Conor Tinnion Goal 72:00'
  • James Earl Sub On 74:00'
  • Robert Wilson Sub Off 74:00'
  • Charlie Bailey Sub On 80:00'
  • Paul Dugdale Sub Off 80:00'
  • Jamie Mellen Sub On 89:00'
  • Samuel Joel Sub Off 89:00'
  • Charlie Bailey Goal 90:00 +3:00'

Team selection

Lancaster City
  • 1. Chris Cheetham
  • 2. Benjamin Hudson
  • 3. Paul Dugdale
  • 4. Simon Wills
  • 5. Glenn Steel
  • 6. Richard Mercer
  • 7. Ryan Winder
  • 8. Sam Bailey
  • 9. Steve Williams
  • 10. Craig Carney
  • 11. Paul Jarvis
  • 12. Billy Akrigg
  • 14. Charlie Bailey
  • 15. Gavin Clark
  • 16. Rob Henry
  • 17. Tom Kilifin

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
9. Barwell 46 64
10. Stourbridge 46 62
11. Workington 46 62
12. Mickleover Sports 46 61
13. Stafford Rangers 46 61
14. Matlock Town 46 60
15. Nantwich Town 46 57

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