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Stafford Rangers
R Thompson-Brown (69')
Full time
C Tinnion (64'), P McLuckie (77')
Sat 30 Dec 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Attendance 497

Reds extend their unbeaten run to seventeen

Reds ended the year in style with a thoroughly deserved win at Marston Road lifting them to second spot in Evo-Stik Premier. It extended the unbeaten sequence to seventeen matches, nine of which have been in the league.

Second half goals from Conor Tinnion and Phil McLuckie secured a deserved victory but this was another excellent team effort from a group of talented players, playing with a togetherness that goes a long way at this level of football.

A proud Lee Andrews paid tribute to the side saying their strength and fitness got them through a difficult afternoon. “We defended well, worked hard in midfield and caused them problems up front, then showed great character to push for the win after they had brought it back to 1-1,” he claimed.

There was a first-minute scare for the visitors, though, when the defence, looking as uncoordinated as their mix-and-match strip, was breached. Former Carlisle United player, Karl Hawley, released Massiah McDonald with a clever pass ’round the corner’ but Aaran Taylor was quickly off his line to thwart the latter with an important save, a crucial moment so early in the game.

Reds first chance of the half resulted from good play on the right from David Symington. He crossed towards the far post and Waterston was only inches away from connecting.

Veteran Hawley shot wide as Rangers over-elaborated in their next build-up but then created a chance for Robert Thompson-Brown. A measured, diagonal pass found Thompson-Brown but his clinical volley was blocked by another fine Taylor save.

Reds began to assert some authority towards the end of the half but Matty Douglas didn’t connect properly when meeting Tinnion’s free-kick and his shot trickled harmlessly to Rangers’ ‘keeper, Adam Whitehouse.

But luck was against Reds just before the interval when a Symington ‘thunder-bolt’ flew past Whitehouse only to rebound into play off the foot of the post.

Stafford substituted one of their three central defenders at the break and introduced another attack-minded player, Osebi Abadaki. That lifted the tempo of the game and the home side enjoyed an unproductive purple patch, matched by some dogged resilience from Workington’s rearguard.

The game’s first goal came after sixty-four minutes and it was another stunner to add to the Tinnion collection of spectacular strikes. McLuckie did well on the left, initially, although his cross was partially cleared, but only to Tinnion some twenty-five yards from goal. His sublime volley flew past Whitehouse and even drew generous applause from home supporters in the stand.

Rangers responded well and a fiercely-hit shot from Jack Sheratt produced a text-book save from Reds’ skipper, Taylor.

The host levelled matters five minutes after Tinnion’s ‘goal-of-the-season’ contender with a well-worked goal of their own. The lively Abadaki had been released by McDonald and the former’s cross towards the far post was swept home by Thompson-Brown.

Workington could have gone into their shell at that point but they remained positive and they were rewarded with a seventy-seventh-minute decider. Waterston can count himself unlucky not to grab the match-winner but he certainly played a part in the build-up.

Three of his attempts in quick succession were parried by Whitehouse but the ball finally fell conveniently for McLuckie and he confidently netted the winner from six yards.

There was still time for Rangers to take something from the game but they couldn’t find a way past a stubborn red-shirted defence, although Abadaki came close. His curling shot just before the end was confidently palmed over the bar by the excellent Taylor.

It was Reds’ first league win on the road since late September and only their third success in ten visits to Stafford.

Stafford Rangers Whitehouse, Reid I, Davis, Morris (Abadaki, 46) Bailey, Brown, Calveley (Westwood, 86), Thompson-Brown, Hawley, McDonald, Sheratt. Substitutes – Craddock, Batchelor, Thomas (not used).

Workington Taylor, Douglas, Wright, Wordsworth, Calvert, Wilson, Symington, McLuckie, Allison, Waterston (Joel, 86), Tinnion. Substitutes – Earl, Mellen, Whitehead, Holliday (not used).

Referee Greg Rollason, Wolverhampton

Bookings: McDonald, Bailey (Stafford Rangers), Calvert (Workington)

Attendance 497

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Aaran Taylor

Player of the Match

Aaran Taylor

Key moments

Goal Conor Tinnion scores for Workington
Goal Robert Thompson-Brown scores for Stafford Rangers
Goal Philip McLuckie scores for Workington

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90:00 +4:00 Player of the Match
Aaran Taylor is awarded player of the match for Workington
87:00 Sub Off
Michael Calveley is substituted off for Stafford Rangers
87:00 Sub On
Daniel Westwood is substituted on for Stafford Rangers
86:00 Sub On
Samuel Joel is substituted on for Workington
86:00 Sub Off
Nathan Waterston is substituted off for Workington
82:00 Yellow Card
Joshua Calvert is yellow carded for Workington
79:00 Yellow Card
Mathew Bailey is yellow carded for Stafford Rangers
77:00 Assist
Nathan Waterston makes an assist for Workington
77:00 Goal 1 - 2
Philip McLuckie scores for Workington
69:00 Goal 1 - 1
Robert Thompson-Brown scores for Stafford Rangers
69:00 Assist
Osebi Abadaki makes an assist for Stafford Rangers
64:00 Goal 0 - 1
Conor Tinnion scores for Workington
46:00 Sub On
Osebi Abadaki is substituted on for Stafford Rangers
46:00 Sub Off
Keiran Morris is substituted off for Stafford Rangers
End of period 1
39:00 Yellow Card
Massiah McDonald is yellow carded for Stafford Rangers
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Stafford Rangers
  • Workington
  • 0
  • Massiah McDonald Yellow Card 39:00'
  • Keiran Morris Sub Off 46:00'
  • Osebi Abadaki Sub On 46:00'
  • Conor Tinnion Goal 64:00'
  • Robert Thompson-Brown Goal 69:00'
  • Osebi Abadaki Assist 69:00'
  • Philip McLuckie Goal 77:00'
  • Nathan Waterston Assist 77:00'
  • Mathew Bailey Yellow Card 79:00'
  • Joshua Calvert Yellow Card 82:00'
  • Nathan Waterston Sub Off 86:00'
  • Samuel Joel Sub On 86:00'
  • Daniel Westwood Sub On 87:00'
  • Michael Calveley Sub Off 87:00'

Team selection

Stafford Rangers
  • 1. Adam Whitehouse
  • 2. Izak Reid
  • 3. Kai Davis
  • 4. Keiran Morris
  • 5. Mathew Bailey
  • 6. Jordaan Brown
  • 7. Michael Calveley
  • 8. Robert Thompson-Brown
  • 9. Karl Hawley
  • 10. Massiah McDonald
  • 11. Jack Sheratt
  • 12. Daniel Westwood
  • 14. Osebi Abadaki
  • 15. Joshua Craddock
  • 16. Richard Batchelor
  • 17. Joe Thomas

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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