Cumbria Crack

Workington Athletic Clinch Cumberland County Championship

Workington Athletic's skipper Tom Pardini kisses the League Trophy (Linda Perry)
Workington Athletic’s skipper Tom Pardini kisses the League Trophy (Linda Perry)

[H]aving dominated the Smurfit Kappa Cumberland County League Premiership Division all season, Workington Athletic have won the title with a 6-2 win over Aspatria at the Lakes College 3G pitch.

With Workington currently nine points clear of second placed Netherhall, they are winners of the League with a game to spare, and this is Athletic’s second title in two years. The championship came courtesy of a brace each for Stuart Gray and Marc Messenger, and one apiece for Tom Pardini and Ash Kelly. Richard Hudson and Malcolm Graham scored for the visitors, but this was Athletic’s day, and the first silverware of the Cumbrian football season goes back to Workington.

Goal scorer Ash Kelly battle forwards for Athletic (Linda Perry)
Goal scorer Ash Kelly battle forwards for Athletic (Linda Perry)

In the only other Premier Division match, Wigton Harriers won 4-0 over Netherhall to go third with the goals from Ian Johnston, Richard O’Keefe, Jonny Studholme and Stuart Carruthers. In less happy news, Mirehouse, who were promoted up from Division One just last year, resigned from the League just as the season ends. The Whitehaven based team, promoted last year, had been second from bottom in the top flight.

In Division One, Frizington Whitestar keep top spot after beating Bransty Rangers 0-2 away at Lowca, with the Whitestar goals from Robson Todd and Jordan Lee.

Frizington are now five points clear in Division One and have a game in hand over second placed Gosforth, but the only title challenge is potentially from Cleator Moor Celtic who are eight points behind in third but with two games in hand.

Whitestar and Celtic meet in the final league match of the season on the 10th May at Frizington. Gosforth kept their promotion chances alive with a Robbie Bagley hat trick, a Jack Denwood brace and a goal for Owen Woodburn giving them a 0-6 win over Whitehaven Amateurs. Basement side Whitehaven Miners Reserves lost 0-5 to Unisun Athletic with Unisun’s goalscorers Prince (2), Dorward, Shepherd and Hanley and Unisun are now fifth. Windscale lost 0-8 to Borough with the eight goals coming from Liam McCullough (4), Dave Thompson (2), Jack Edmondson and Dale Hooper, and Borough are now fourth, and Windscale down to seventh.