FORMER Worksop manager Peter Rinkcavage came back to haunt Tigers on Tuesday night, as his Frickley side put a real dent in their play-off hopes.
Despite playing some nice stuff and making a couple of good chances, the visitors were made to pay for a rare slip by the usually rock solid Luke Shiels, as a wondergoal condemned them to a second straight defeat.
Tigers should have taken the lead as early as the second minute, when Ben Starosta dallied on the ball in his own area, Sam Duncum nicked it off him and with only Ben Simpson in the Frickley goal to beat, miscontrolled, and Ben Tomlinson flicked the ball wide.
The home side made loud appeals for a penalty when the ball struck Chris Wood on the arm, but referee Mr Street said no.
Jack Watts, briefly a Worksop player earlier in the season, shot over the bar for Frickley on 12 minutes.
A long ball forward was flicked on by Jamie Jackson, and Tomlinson tried to outpace his marker, but was just beaten to the ball.
The same combination then brought a header from Tomlinson that was easy for Simpson.
Seconds later Chris Bettney put an inviting ball into the box but no Tigers got near it.
Just before the half hour mark Matt Young ran onto the ball outside the area and stung the hands of Simpson with a volley.
Duncum took advantage of more sloppy play from Starosta to win the ball in the corner and run into the box, and the ball eventually fell to Terry Barwick who shot just wide.
A tug on Tomlinson’s shirt as the striker tried to get in on goal, and words aimed at the referee earned Paul Lister a yellow with seven minutes left in the half.
The free-kick was taken by Tomlinson, who got it up and over the wall, but Simpson was there.
In the final minute of the half Duncum played a clever ball into the feet of Tomlinson, he took a touch and sent a volley back at goal and Simpson tipped it over the bar.
The resulting corner was knocked back into the six-yard box by Barwick and Tomlinson headed home, but the whistle went for a foul, and as the half came to a close the same player wasted another headed chance.
Tigers started the second half positively, and strung some nice passes together before Luke Shiels burst forward and almost found Tomlinson with a clever pass.
A high ball into the Worksop box allowed the giant Ashley Longstaff to challenge Worsnop, and the striker won in the air but headed wide.
On 58 minutes Young was yellow carded for dissent after the referee failed to spot a foul on Tomlinson.
Three minutes later a mistake and a spectacular finish put the hosts ahead.
Shiels lost the ball about 35 yards out from his own goal, it broke to Longstaff and he sent it straight past Worsnop with an unstoppable shot.
Worksop frustration spilled over when an offside decision went againt Jackson, the little forward talking his way into a booking.
With a quarter of an hour left Bettney came off and Luke Beckett entered the fray.
Tigers’ third yellow of the night was shown to Barwick after a late challenge, and to make matters worse, Tomlinson got in behind the defence and skied his shot.
Andy Catton then received a caution for a poor tackle on Cotterill.
A lack of concentration at the back for Athletic allowed Duncum to get the ball in the box, but he went down claiming a foul and the referee was unimpressed.
Marc Thompson came on for Michael Simpkins as Worksop gambled with a 3-4-3 formation.
With just two minutes left of the 90 Barwick clipped a great ball into the box, Beckett controlled and fed Thompson, but he took too many touches when a shot was the better option, and Simpson gathered.
An offside flag then halted Duncum as he appeared to steal in unmarked at the back post and Tomlinson sent another effort over.
The ball fell to Tomlinson again in the box following a Young ball in, but his shot was easily saved.
Martin McIntosh came on in stoppage time but Worksop were unable to create another chance and the hosts kept the points.
No doubt the result was a pleasing one for Rinkcavage, more for the fact that it eases his side’s relegation worries, than any personal feelings, and the man who began the season as Worksop boss was dignified in victory.
As for current Worksop manager McIntosh, he has the task of getting his men going again on Saturday.
Frickley: Simpson, Starosta, Kay, Walsh, Lister, Jones, Catton, Ashmore, Longstaff, Watts, Burbeary (Sturdy 90+3). Not used: Colliver, Whitehouse, Snodin, Hood.
Worksop: Worsnop 7, Shiels 6, Wood 7, Barwick 6, Cotterill 6, Simpkins 5 (Thompson 85), Bettney 5 (Beckett 75), Young 6, Tomlinson 6, Jackson 5, Duncum 5 (McIntosh 90+3). Not used: Bacon, McIntosh, Thompson, Kennedy.
Referee: D.R. Street. Assistants: J. Key, C.A Unwin.
Goalscorers: Longstaff 61.
Yellows: Lister 38; Young 58, Jackson 71, Barwick 77.
Man of the Match: Chris Wood.