Date Time Competition Season Day Att
26/08/2023 3:00 pm NPL Premier Division 2023/2024 Sat 709


Stafford Rangers were unable to make it three Northern Premier League wins in a row after a 2-1 defeat to Workington AFC at Borough Park.

Entering the game with two wins on the trot after victory against Basford United on Tuesday, Matt Hill’s side were looking for a hattrick of success and to make it three on the bounce.

But, despite Nathan Blissett’s second-half goal which set the Rangers on their way to secure three more points, a David Symington double for Workington saw the home side come from behind.

In the first half, Joe Willis saw his early free-kick effort cleared for a corner which led to nothing for the away side as goalkeeper Cameron Belford continued his fantastic form following a great display in the Rangers’ previous match at Basford. Belford denied Workington spectacularly at close-range midway through the first-half to keep the game goalless.

Niah Payne aimed to cause trouble once again and add to his goals against F.C. United of Manchester and Basford. With two goals in the last two matches and in a single week, the Rangers forward tested Workington throughout the first 45. Payne fired over in the 23rd minute following Nathan Blissett’s flick-on before seeing his shot blocked a minute from half-time.

Workington survived a scare from Stafford on the half-hour mark as a Rangers corner led to a goalmouth scramble, but, the home side were able to clear the ball and keep nothing between the sides at the break.

It took Nathan Blissett just a minute in the second 45 to earn the away side the lead as the striker headed home at the near post from a Rangers corner.

However, Workington replied soon after levelling the game ten minutes later, and the Rangers would never regain their lead. The home side were able to run through the away side and hammer home through Symington.

What proceeded was an end-to-end encounter as Workington piled on the pressure. Belford denied the home side before Stafford fell to the same outcome at the other end just after the hour mark.

Goalscorer Nathan Blissett was replaced by Ethan Morgan who broke through the home side’s defence in the 74th minute and was able to find Kaiman Anderson, but the forward man was unable to convert. Belford then denied the home side five minutes later before Joe Willis saw his goal-bound shot blocked for Stafford.

The home side left it late, but completed their comeback in the 87th minute through Symington. The number seven added his and Workington’s second which confirmed defeat for Matt Hill’s men.

The Rangers return to action on bank holiday Monday hosting Matlock at the Stan Robinson Stadium in the Northern Premier League, and we look forward to seeing you back the Boro at home!

Attendance: 709

By Luke Powell



Borough Park
New Bridge Road, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT

Workington AFC

1Jim Atkinson
2Greg McCaragher
3Matty Bell
4Dan Wordsworth
5Sam Smith
6Ceiran Casson
7Dav Symington 56', 87'
8Brad Hubbold 14
9Taylor Bowen 12
10Scott Allison 15
11Connor Tinnion 74'
12Steven Rigg 9
14Finlay Wallbank 8
15Kofi Moore 10
16Lewis Moore
17Connor Hammell

Stafford Rangers

1Cameron Belford
2Sam Bird
3Joe Dunne
4Alex-Ray Harvey 14
5Ethan Stewart
6Jake Moult
18Kaiman Anderson
8Aaron Braithwaite
9Nathan Blissett 16 47'
10Joe Willis
11Niah Payne 15
12Andrew Burns
14Jay Ford 4
15Ben Woods 11
16Ethan Morgan 9
17Rory Roberts
Total Shots
Shots on Target
Yellow Cards
Red Cards

Stafford Rangers KO Workington AFC KO 47 56 65 71 72 74 81 87 88 90 90 FT

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