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Sat 20 Jan 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Attendance 472

Barwell maintain their superb away form

From a collective good to all-round poor, the contrast between the Trophy success and this latest league failing was there for all to see.

Barwell belied their lowly position in the Premier Division to emerge worthy winners and, apart from a fifteen-minute spell after the break, dominate the game.

They were strong and reliable at the back, efficient and creative in midfield and converted two of the few opportunities which came their way in what was a near perfect away performance. Reds didn’t manage to tick any of those boxes and pressing the self-destruct button time and again didn’t help.

With play-off aspirations dented, Reds now find themselves facing an uphill task to get back into play-off contention.

A goal in each half secured a second successive win at Borough Park for the Leicestershire outfit, but they were helped on their way by some slipshod defending from the hosts.

Reds were given a reprieve in the thirty-third minute when Barwell wasted a chance from the spot. Dan Wordsworth conceded a needless penalty with a trip on Brady Hickey, collecting a costly booking in the process.

Matthew Stenson, a livewire throughout, struck the spot kick well but Aaran Taylor, diving to his left, pushed the ball to safety – his fourth penalty stop of the season.

Matty Douglas had toe-poked Reds’ first effort wide but the same player, charging down the right flank, created a good chance for Sam Joel but his on-target volley was blocked by Elliot Percival.

An opportunist chip on the run from Nigel Julien caught Taylor off his line but the ball just cleared the bar.

Barwell took a forty-third minute lead when they cashed in on more wayward defending. The usually reliable Josh Calvert gave away possession inside the area and when the ball fell conveniently to Hickey, he dispatched an unerring shot into Taylor’s net.

There was a positive response from Reds on the restart and from the game’s first corner they came close to restoring parity. Conor Tinnion delivered the ball to the far post, it was headed back into the danger by Calvert culminating in Wordsworth’s header rebounding off the crossbar.

Rob Wilson, one of the few to impress for Reds, saw a fine twenty-five yarder rattle the same piece of the goal frame which denied Wordsworth as the hosts enjoyed their best spell. Liam Castle made a few decent stops including a point-blank save to thwart Douglas.

But Barwell made sure of their sixth away win with a second goal in the seventy-fourth minute. Jamie Mellen, a half time substitute for Gari Rowntree, was a touch unlucky when gifting the visitors their second. He covered well to make a timely interception but then turned the ball back inside. But the ball was way too short for Taylor and Owen Story reacted to send the ball into the net from fully thirty yards.

Lee Andrews referred to fine margins in football and bemoaned the two second half efforts which hit the woodwork, “If either one of those had gone in we might have staged a fight back but ultimately two mistakes at the other end have cost us today and, overall, we weren’t good enough.”

Workington Taylor, Douglas, Rowntree ((Mellen, 46), Wordsworth, Calvert, Wilson (Holt, 74), Symington, McLuckie, Allison, Joel (Waterston, 61), Tinnion. Substitutes – Wright, Earl (not used).

Barwell Castle, Whitmore, Nisevic, Stanley, Percival, Julien, Hildreth, Story (Heath, 75), Piggon (Reid, 65), Hickey, Stenson (Bates, 87). Substitute – Warmington (not used).

Referee Craig Dean, Durham

Bookings: Wordsworth (Workington), Stenson, Hildreth (Barwell)

Attendance 472

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Robert Wilson

Player of the Match

Robert Wilson

Key moments

Goal Bradey Hickey scores for Barwell
Goal Owen Story scores for Barwell

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90:00 Player of the Match
Robert Wilson is awarded player of the match for Workington
87:00 Sub On
Tom Bates is substituted on for Barwell
87:00 Sub Off
Matthew Stenson is substituted off for Barwell
75:00 Sub On
Jake Heath is substituted on for Barwell
75:00 Sub Off
Owen Story is substituted off for Barwell
74:00 Sub On
Jordan Holt is substituted on for Workington
74:00 Sub Off
Robert Wilson is substituted off for Workington
74:00 Goal 0 - 2
Owen Story scores for Barwell
71:00 Yellow Card
Lee Hildreth is yellow carded for Barwell
65:00 Sub On
Craig Reid is substituted on for Barwell
65:00 Sub Off
Mitchell Piggon is substituted off for Barwell
61:00 Sub On
Nathan Waterston is substituted on for Workington
61:00 Sub Off
Samuel Joel is substituted off for Workington
46:00 Sub On
Jamie Mellen is substituted on for Workington
46:00 Sub Off
Gari Rowntree is substituted off for Workington
End of period 1
43:00 Goal 0 - 1
Bradey Hickey scores for Barwell
33:00 Saved Penalty
Aaran Taylor saves a penalty for Workington
33:00 Missed Penalty
Matthew Stenson misses a penalty for Barwell
32:00 Yellow Card
Daniel Wordsworth is yellow carded for Workington
21:00 Yellow Card
Matthew Stenson is yellow carded for Barwell
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Workington
  • Barwell
  • 0
  • Matthew Stenson Yellow Card 21:00'
  • Daniel Wordsworth Yellow Card 32:00'
  • Aaran Taylor Saved Penalty 33:00'
  • Matthew Stenson Missed Penalty 33:00'
  • Bradey Hickey Goal 43:00'
  • Jamie Mellen Sub On 46:00'
  • Gari Rowntree Sub Off 46:00'
  • Nathan Waterston Sub On 61:00'
  • Samuel Joel Sub Off 61:00'
  • Craig Reid Sub On 65:00'
  • Mitchell Piggon Sub Off 65:00'
  • Lee Hildreth Yellow Card 71:00'
  • Jordan Holt Sub On 74:00'
  • Robert Wilson Sub Off 74:00'
  • Owen Story Goal 74:00'
  • Jake Heath Sub On 75:00'
  • Owen Story Sub Off 75:00'
  • Tom Bates Sub On 87:00'
  • Matthew Stenson Sub Off 87:00'

Team selection

  • 1. Liam Castle
  • 2. Jacob Whitmore
  • 3. Edward Nisevic
  • 4. Craig Stanley
  • 5. Elliott Percival
  • 6. Nigel Julien
  • 7. Lee Hildreth
  • 8. Owen Story
  • 9. Mitchell Piggon
  • 10. Bradey Hickey
  • 11. Matthew Stenson
  • 12. Jake Heath
  • 14. Tom Bates
  • 15. Jake Warmington
  • 16. Craig Reid

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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