23/24 On The Road: Workington

Following defeat in midweek, the Lions will be hoping to end their season on a high when they travel to Cumbria to take on Workington, writes Scott Kelly.

Tickets/Travel

Tickets can be purchased on the day at the turnstiles with cash or card payment or online now.

Tickets are priced at:

  • £13 Adults
  • £8 Concessions
  • £5 U18s
  • £3 U11s
  • U10s FREE with a full paying adult

You can pick up a matchday programme priced at £3 each.

The Lions will wear their purple away kit for this fixture.


Previous Meetings

The sides last met in Cumbria over a decade ago in National League North. They played out a 1-1 draw that day with Adam Boyes getting the Lions goal. Guiseley have not lost against this opposition in nearly 20 years, as they lost 3-1 at Nethermoor in October 2004.

There have been ten meetings since, with the Lions winning eight of those, including the 4-3 victory back in November.


Last Time Out

The Lions fell 4-2 to play off hopefuls Worksop Town on Tuesday evening. Guiseley halved Worksop’s four-goal lead in the final three minutes thanks to goals from Tom Pratt and Callum Chippendale.

The Reds fell to Macclesfield last weekend. The Silkmen won 2-0 thanks to goals from Alex Curran and Dan Sweeney and extended Workington’s poor run of form.


The Lions’ Form Book

The Lions have ended the season with a bit of a whimper, with only two wins from the last seven league games. A poor run over Easter with defeats to the likes of Ilkeston and Lancaster put paid to Andy Welsh’s time in charge of the club. Liam Tongue has stepped in to attempt to steady ship, but Saturday’s 3-1 over FC United is the Lions only victory in the last four. The side have leaked goals too, with nine goals conceded in those four matches.

The play-offs looked a huge possibility heading into the busy Easter period, but the poor run means supporters are now looking ahead to the 24/25 season hoping the side can make a better fist of things.

They have a great chance to end the season well though, with Saturday’s hosts coming into this having lost seven matches on the bounce.


A Look At Matlock Town

Founded: 1921
Managers: Danny Grainger
Nickname: The Reds
Stadium: Borough Park
Current league position: 17th

Danny Grainger’s Reds come into this with the league’s worst form. Seven defeats in a row for last season’s NPL West Play off winners has thankfully come with his side already having picked up enough points to ensure another crack at the Northern Premier League next season.

One plus for them this season has been the goalscoring exploits of David Symington. The former Carlisle forward has 24 to his name this season, with only Gainsborough’s Declan Howe and Jonny Margetts scoring more.

They last won at home on 24th February and have only won two matches in this calendar year.

They did win some silverware, as they overcame strong favourites Carlisle United 1-0 to win the Cumberland Cup at Borough Park on Tuesday evening.


A Look At The Lions

Gabriel Johnson is a doubt for the final game of the season after being withdrawn at half-time on Tuesday night through injury.

Kofi Moore will be looking to end the campaign with three successive starts after recovering from injury.

Should Jameel Ible and Kallan Murphy both play tomorrow they will end the campaign having made 43 appearances, two more than any other Lions player.


What Are They Saying?

“20 minutes of the game there was a lack of effort and willingness to do the basics. We have given them four goals”. 

Liam Tongue was unhappy with a little spell in the second half which gifted Worksop three goals in 12 minutes.

“There is a team in there that should be a lot higher than where we are”. 

Tongue continues to have belief in the side, despite the poor form he told his side after the game that consistency is key to winning promotion and getting into play offs.

“We have to go into Saturday and think there is a lot on it. We should all turn up wanting to win”.

Saturday’s trip to Workington should be approached like any other game says Tongue. He remains confident that the Lions can end the season on a high.

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