Oli Putnam celebrating his goal against Workington

A sensational goal by Oli Putnam capped off a great day for Atherton Collieries as they beat Workington AFC 3-2.

Dylan Thompson, Ethan Beckford and Oli Putnam put the visitors ahead before late goals from Steven Rigg and Reds goalkeeper James Atkinson gave them late hope.

The game started on a sour note for the Colls as Captain Lewis Mansell was forced off with an early injury and replaced by Oli Putnam, which forced Manager David Chadwick into an early change of shape.

But the first chance and goal would come just after the half hour mark, as an in-swinging corner from Lewis Thompson was met by his namesake Dylan Thompson who fired a bullet header past Atkinson in the Reds goal for a deserved lead.

The Colls were unlucky to be only 1-0 up going into the break as Enock Lusiama dispossessed Atkinson out wide and from around the corner flag hit a shot which the Colls fans behind the goal insisted had crossed the line but that wasn’t to be.

Atherton Collieries continued to see out the second half until just over an hour in, central defender Jack Evans played an expert ball in behind which was capitalised upon by Ethan Beckford who on his first start since arriving from Havant and Waterlooville fired calmly past Atkinson to double the Colls lead.

The best was yet to come as substitute Oli Putnam dispossessed the Workington high line and within 4 touches lobbed the keeper from just inside the Workington half with ten left to play, an audacious goal which capped off a great performance after his early introduction.

But it being Atherton Collieries, it can’t be a simple 3-0 as Workington substitute Rigg bundled over a cross which had struck both bar and post before falling to feet of the Reds midfielder.

3-1 would’ve been a disservice to the Colls but Reds keeper Jim Atkinson came forward for a late corner to power a free header past Tom Donaghy in the Atherton goal and elevate the heart rates of Colls fans in stoppage time.

But the young Colls saw it through as special mention must go to Liam Shepherd who made his league debut at 16 years old and 364 days old.

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