Red card for two-goal Jordan -- but Tigers march on at the top

MIXED FORTUNES -- for Worksop striker Kyle Jordan, who scored two goals but was also sent off.
MIXED FORTUNES -- for Worksop striker Kyle Jordan, who scored two goals but was also sent off.

Tabletopping Worksop Town survived an early fright and also a red card before stretching their flawless away record to eight games in the Premier Division of the Toolstation Northern Counties East League.

The Tigers leaked a goal after only 29 seconds on their trip to West Yorkshire to tackle Wakefield strugglers Nostell Miners Welfare. And after leading his side’s recovery with two goals, striker Kyle Jordan was sent off in the 68th minute.

However, Worksop still emerged with a 4-1 victory that means they have yet to drop a point on the road this term and kept them in first spot on goal-difference from Tadcaster Albion, who bounced back from a couple of below-par results to record a fine 4-1 away win of their own -- at high-riding Handsworth Parramore.

The disastrous start came when Callum Harrison misjudged the bounce of the ball, allowing Nostell’s Simon Poole to nip in. As the Tigers’ defence backed off, he drove a shot into the top corner, leaving ‘keeper Jon Kennedy clutching at thin air.

Thankfully, it took Worksop only four minutes to level as Steve Woolley’s slide-rule pass found top scorer Jordan, who duly slotted home from eight yards. And the striker soon went close again when his effort was parried well by ‘keeper Ed Hall after a pass from Tom Elliott.

In an open contest, Nostell played their part with some attractive football, spearheaded by strikers James Kitson and Poole, who were a constant threat. But it was impossible to keep Jordan off centre stage and two more chances came his way. First, he was thwarted by the excellence of Hall and then, although his effort beat the ‘keeper, defender James Beaston was on hand to clear off the line.

Finally Jordan’s second goal duly arrived in the 35th minute. He found himself with space in the box, drifted around Hall and slotted home, despite being off balance.

Just before the break, Nostell wasted a golden chance to draw level as a cross from the right came in and Fidel Mholo headed over with the goal at his mercy.

But the Tigers regained control in the second half and after Jordan Cooke’s header had been cleared off the line, Conor Higginson made it 3-1 on 66 minutes when beating his man and unleashing a 25-yard shot that took a slight deflection before nestling in the net.

Two minutes later came the first flare-up of the game and a tussle on the edge of the Nostell box between Jordan and home defender Franck Zolo. It culminated in the Worksop striker pushing Zalo to the ground and the referee instantly brandishing a straight red card, with Zalo escaping with just a yellow.

Even when down to ten men, the Tigers continued to dominate, however, and with just seven minutes left, they added a fourth goal from a free-kick 25 yards out, Man-of-the-match Woolley stepped up and expertly caressed the ball over the wall and into the bottom corner.

WORKOP LINE-UP -- Kennedy/ Cottingham, Roe, Woolley, Hadfield, Cooke, Higginson (Ward 90), Harrison, Husbands (Fereday 84), Jordan, Elliott (Waddle 86). SUBS NOT USED: Hodder, Sellars.