|29 August 2005|
|Northwich victoria continued their fine start to the season with an emphatic 5-1 victory over Redditch Utd. After 5 games they sit on top of the table mainly because of leading scorer Paul Brayson and their freescoring attack. This defeat leaves Redditch in 20 th place with 3 points. Stafford Rangers could only manage a draw at the Giant Axe and slip into second place as one of four unbeaten teams.This point puts Lancaster in 12 th place. Droylsden are the surprise team holding 3 rd place after an impressive 3-1 win away to Worcester City.Kettering Town are the other unbeaten team after leaving Nuneaton withnone point in a 2-2 draw.Leading scorer Michael Frew and Nuneaton believe they have a team to challenge for honours this season. Alfreton Town came out on top in a five goal thriller at Hyde.They led 2-1 with only 2 minutes left when Hyde equalised only to lose in the 90 th minute.This defeat leaves Steve Waywells side in last place. Workington Reds rose to 14 th place after thumping Moor Green 4-1.Matt Henney opened the scoring for Workington in the 41 st minute before Ian Arnold scored from the spot in the 48 th minute. Penny pulled one back for the home side on 79 minutes but eventually faded as the Reds added goals in the 82 nd and 90 th minutes through Dillon
and sub Hoolickin.On this performance Workington will not be inferior to the opposition after gaining promotion last year.
|3 Sept. 2005|
|Northwich Victoria defeated Hinckley Utd 3-1 today and established their lead at the top of the table.This was Hinckleys first loss at home this season. Nuneaton Borough who are also expected to be among the promotion contenders won at Workington by a score of 2-0.Workington are short of firepower in front of goal and with three of their best players missing through injury they failed to create any clear
chances in a game which no team dominated. Barrow started the season with two wins and sat on top of the table but have lost a little ground in the last few weeks.Today they led Hyde Utd 2-0 but allowed Hyde to grab a point with two late goals.Hyde have yet to record their first win of the season and sit at the foot of the table with two points from six games. Kettering are in second place after a close victory over Worksop Town who are in 15 th place.This 1-0 victory gives Kettering maximum points from their three home games.
Hucknall Town are in 4 th place followed by Droylesdon Nuneaton and Barrow. Alfreton Town and Vauxhall Motors both languish at the foot of the table mainly because they have both suffered 3 successive home defeats. Northwich Victoria and Kettering Town are the only undefeated teams .Hyde Utd are the only team yet to record a win and look to have a tough season ahead of them although their performances have been much better than their last place in the league would suggest.
|Workington Reds suffered a drubbing at the hands of Barrow by a score of 6-1.The Reds seemed to be holding their own until Barrow took the lead through Gavin Knight in the 12 th minute against the run of play.During the next 33 minutes the floodgates opened as the Bluebirds added three more goals to go in 4-0 at halftime.Adam Collin must take the blame for our first goal as he misjudged a long looping shot which sailed over his head into the net.After this setback confidence seemed to drain from the team as the Reds found it difficult to string two passes together.Hopper went off injured and Hamilton also took a knock to make any thoughts of a comeback impossible.Barrow added two more goals in the second half with Matt Henney scoring a consolation goal for the Reds.Barrow are by no means one of the better teams in this league but will remain on the fringe of the promotion pack for much of the season.With improved away form they could make a serious challenge.On this display the Reds obviously need an influx of perhaps five or six
new players to avoid a long winter fighting relegation.The present team has got the club promoted twice and have nothing to be ashamed of.However as Tommy Cassidy said before a ball was kicked to avoid the bottom three places would be success. The Reds board have apparently made cash available for TC to strengthen the squad.Whether or not this will be sufficient remains to be seen. We certainly need a much improved performance against Harrogate Town on Saturday who have not been successful away from home so far and also have a poor defensive record.
|10 September 2005|
|Northwich Victoria gained another three points with a fine 4-1 win away to Hednesford this afternoon which gives them a three point lead at the top of Conference North. Stafford Rangers move back into second place after winning at Kettering Town by the odd goal. Lancaster city lost 3-0 at Nuneaton who move into fourth place above Barrow on goal difference. On the fringe of the promotion pack also lie Droylesden who are in seventh place with 12 points. Hyde Utd finally moved off the bottom of the table after a 1-1 draw at Worksop Town . Redditch take over from Hyde after suffering a narrow defeat at Alfreton Town 2-1.
Vauxhall Motors shared an 8 goal thriller with Leigh RMI and Worcester lost at home to Hucknall Town 1-0.
Workington Reds suffered another setback at Borough Park losing 2-4 against HarrogateTown who had the worst road record in the league prior to this game.Once again the Reds looked indecisive and continued to make many defensive errors.They are now one place out of the relegation zone by one point having played an extra game.
|17 August 2005|
|Workington Reds today grabbed a point at Stafford Rangers in a game which they dominated for long periods. Craig Johnston put the Reds ahead in the 34 th minute only for Stafford to equalise two minutes later .Workington were giving debuts to their midweeek signings and Richard Logan looked very sharp , quick and very enthusiastic . Heineger had a great first half and is a great signing for the club as Tommy Cassidy looks for consolidation in this their debut season in conference north. Matt Henney and Steve Birks
were playing alongside each other in central defence where they both had fine games. Matt Henney in particular was outstanding .In the second half Workington continued to take the game to Stafford and were at times the better team. In the 59 th minute Kyle May was adjudged to have held back a Stafford player as he worked his way into the penalty area and the referee pointed to the spot .Adam Collin was given little chance with the spot kick and Workington were suddenly a goal down . This inspired the Reds to a great second half display in which they were much the better team and eventually they were rewarded with a goal in the 83 rd minute . Lee Hoolickin took a corner and the ball was not cleared by the Stafford defence . The ball eventually ended up in the net and an own goal was awarded to give the Reds a well deserved point in a game in which they could quite easily have come away with all three .Tommy Cassidy was yellow carded when Stafford were awarded the penalty but he will be much happier tonight after a great display by the team. In other games Northwich Victoria continued to dominate with another fine victory over last place Vauxhall Motors by a score of 3-1. Nuneaton Borough moved into second place after their dangerman Frew gave them a 1-0 win at Hucknall town . Barrow continue to make their impression with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Stalybridge Celtic . Gavin Knight who has difficulty missing the target scored an hatrick and Tarrant added another goal in the 71 st minute to move the Bluebirds into third place. Hyde Utd gained their first win of the season defeating Gainborough Trinity 2-0 to move away from the foot of the table. Redditch utd also won today and move into 19 th place by defeating Droylsden 4-1 .Northwich Victoria remain the only unbeaten team so far in Conference North as each week they look like a class outfit . Next week will bring a break from league action as teams are involved with the FA cup qualifying games .Stalybridge Celtic and Workington Reds Fa Cup Qualifying game ended in a stalemate this afternoon .Both sides had numerous chances to win this tie but poor finishing gave the Reds a replay at Borough Park on Tuesday the 27th.Workington will be looking to progress with home field advantage .