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1st Team - Match centre

Witton Albion
Full time
R Hopley (51')
Tue 22 Aug 19:45 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Attendance 391

Long trip north sees points shared

Enhanced 2nd half show after surviving opening period

For this long journey north Carl Macauley was enforced to shuffle his starting line-up due to Matty Devine suffering from a hamstring problem. Paul Williams thus returned, wearing a number 17 shirt!

Albion took time to really get going and were relieved to see, after Scott Allison had got in behind the defence, the striker blaze his shot over the bar.

Halfway through the opening period an under-hit back pass caused Calvin Hare, in attempting to retrieve the ball, to fall onto the Workington forward leaving the referee no option but to award a penalty kick. Hare, wearing an extremely bright florescent yellow strip looked to really fill the goal (reference the photo above taken off Workington’s twitter) and when Anthony Wright struck his spot-kick down the middle the keeper, going to his left, used his legs brilliantly to block the ball.

Workington (A) 22-8-2017
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A few minutes later Prince Haywood was fouled just outside the home penalty area, Williams virtually on the bye-line took the kick curling it across the face of goal but out at the far left post.

Allison wasted another opportunity one on one with Hare in sending the ball wide (ed’s thought wonder whether Calvin’s strip took the eye yet again!)

The half-time team talk certainly seemed to have the desired affect for after Hare had produced another great save and a Dave Symington free-kick had struck the post, a move down the right saw Anthony Gardner centre the ball, Steve Tames headed the ball onto James Foley who advanced towards the goal-line before sending the ball low past a couple of defenders to Rob Hopley, amazingly totally unmarked centre goal, leaving him the fairly simple task to convert and open his season’s goal account.

Another lovely move involving Haywood, substitute Will Jones and Foley ended with the latter being tackled when just about to shoot.
Just when it looked Albion might just hold on to win eight minutes from time Conor Tinnion thought otherwise and after running past several players he planted his shot into the left side of goal, giving Hare no chance whatsoever.

Workington threw themselves into getting a winner themselves but in the end were relieved themselves when firstly Jones held the ball up well before slipping to fellow substitute Alex Newby who could only find the side netting.

A minute from the absolute end it then took a really well timed tackle, with Hopley poised to net, to ensure the points were shared.

Workington: Taylor; Simpson, Mellen, Wordsworth, Smith, Calvert, Symington, Wright, Allison, Joel (Ryan 68) & Tinnion. Subs not used: Douglas, MacDonald, Carter & Fowler.

Witton Albion (3:5:2): Hare; Wilson, Brown, Ryan; Gardner, Haywood, Williams (Newby 73), Foley, Hedley; Tames (Jones 59) & Hopley. Subs not used Evans & Neild.

Referee: John Mulligan Attendance: 391

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Key moments

Goal Rob Hopley scores for Witton Albion

Videos and photos

Workington (A) 22-8-2017
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Workington (A) 22-8-2017


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73:00 Sub On
Alex Newby is substituted on for Witton Albion
73:00 Sub Off
Paul Williams is substituted off for Witton Albion
59:00 Sub Off
Steve Tames is substituted off for Witton Albion
59:00 Sub On
Will Jones is substituted on for Witton Albion
51:00 Goal 0 - 1
Rob Hopley scores for Witton Albion
End of period 1
22:00 Saved Penalty
Calvin Hare saves a penalty for Witton Albion
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Workington
  • Witton Albion
  • 0
  • Calvin Hare Saved Penalty 22:00'
  • Rob Hopley Goal 51:00'
  • Will Jones Sub On 59:00'
  • Steve Tames Sub Off 59:00'
  • Alex Newby Sub On 73:00'
  • Paul Williams Sub Off 73:00'

Team selection

Hare, Calvin Hare, Calvin
Wilson, Michael Wilson, Michael
Brown, Anthony Brown, Anthony
Ryan, Nick Ryan, Nick
Gardner, Anthony Gardner, Anthony
Hedley, Ben Hedley, Ben
Foley, James Foley, James
Williams, Paul Williams, Paul
Haywood, Prince Haywood, Prince
Hopley, Rob Hopley, Rob
Tames, Steve Tames, Steve

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Altrincham 46 95
2. Ashton United 46 82
3. Warrington Town 46 82
4. Grantham Town 46 81
5. Farsley Celtic 46 80
6. Shaw Lane 46 79
7. Witton Albion 46 70

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