Easy Tiger: Worksop show no love for Valentine’s visitors Parkgate

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Worksop Town showed no love for their Valentine’s Day visitors at Sandy Lane, with a clinical attack and a mean defensive performance.

The 4-0 win over Parkgate came after a disjointed first half and a much improved display in the second, and included goals for two new boys.

Man of the Match Ross Henshaw was solid at centre-half on his debut, which he capped with a goal.

And the returning left-back Phil Roe reintroduced himself to the Worksop faithful with a second half strike.

There was an early shout for a penalty when Conor Sellars slalomed into the box and went down under two challenges, the referee unimpressed.

Worksop made what can only be described as an abject start to the game, that early incident aside.

Passes were going astray, and Parkgate sensed an opportunity to take the initiative, scrambling the ball into the box were Jon Stewart had to make a sharp near post block.

New striker Andrew Ofosu seemed surprised to find the ball at his feet in the Parkgate box and stumbled when any kind of shot would have put keeper Jamie Bailey in trouble.

And Roe, beginning his second spell at Sandy Lane, slammed a half volley into the side netting.

On 33 minutes Tigers found themselves ahead, deservedly or not, Sellars’ corner headed under the keeper by Henshaw, who had outmuscled his marker.

Parkgate were gifted a golden chance to level when the ball dropped for Scott Whittington, all alone at the back post, and with only Stewart to beat he hammered it high across the face of goal and out for a goalkick.

The best Worksop move of the half was started by Burgin, involved a great crossfield ball from Sellars to Roe, and his header down was hooked into the middle by Elliott but Higginson’s header was weak.

Sellars then sent Higginson on a run, he pulled the ball back for Jono Wafula and the right-back cleared the bar by some distance.

Just before half-time Worksop took control, despite the best efforts of Bailey who saved Sellars shot, Higginson’s follow up and then dived again in desperation only to see the striker hit the net at the second attempt.

A quick start to the second period by the visitors put Tigers under real pressure, Burgin being forced into a poor touch in the area and a subsequent foul on Whittington that resulted in a penalty.

But Scott Lowe’s spot-kick was met by a brilliant diving save by Tigers keeper Stewart, and the hosts survived the scare.

Two minutes later Sellars showed how it should be done, stepping up after Mick Jones felled Tom Elliott from behind, and sliding home from the penalty spot.

And Tigers finally hit their stride in the 58th minute, Elliott finding Higginson who fed through the perfect pass for an onrushing Roe, the left-back drilling the ball in at the near post for a 4-0 lead.

Worksop thought they had a fifth when Roe’s inviting cross to the back post was knocked in by an unmarked Higginson, but the striker was flagged offside.

Worksop Town: Stewart 8, Wafula 7, Roe 8, HENSHAW 8, Liversidge 8, Burgin 8, Sellars 7, Scott 8, Ofosu 6 (Jordan 69), Higginson 7 (Whincop 79), Elliott 7 (Waddle 73). Not used: Hawkins, Ward.

Parkgate: Bailey, Wragg, Wood, Varley, Lowe, Jones, Douhgty, R. Johnson, Whittington (Norfolk 63), Stapleford-Jones, Graham (Shelton 63). Not used: L. Johnson, Dawson, Lovell.

Referee: Mr D. Bourne. Assistants: Mr K. Hughes, Mr M. Thomas.

Goalscorers: Henshaw 33, Higginson 45, Sellars 55 (pen), Roe 58

Yellows: Varley 67, R. Johnson 77

Attendance: 305