Seven goal thriller tells the story of this season

‘We’re gonna score one more than you,’ is the Worksop Town mantra, and they don’t look like changing it any time soon.

Time and time again this season they’ve clawed out a result through sheer bloody mindedness and goalscoring brilliance.

And the 4-3 win at bottom side Droylsden was a familiar sight, with late drama and the same old names on the scoresheet.

Anyone expecting a one-sided rout by promotion chasing Worksop was left sorely disappointed, as Droylsden came out fighting.

Adam Quinn handed the hosts a free-kick in a very dangerous position just outside the box, and Jake Parker brought a fine save from Jonathan Stewart.

Droylsden had the ball in the net inside the opening five minutes, but referee Mr Mullhall disallowed it for a foul.

Sam Madeley looked odds on to score the opener until Tom Burgin made a vital tackle.

Tom Denton came close for Tigers with a towering back post header, Oliver Martin doing well to tip it over his bar.

When the game’s first goal came it was no surprise that Leon Mettam was the man to claim it, taking Higginson’s lovely through ball and removing Martin from the equation with a deft touch before stroking home with his left foot.

Shane Clarke beat two men and despite falling to the ground, got a shot off and almost caught Martin out.

Seconds later, perhaps deservedly, Droylsden levelled.

A ball over the top saw Madeley run through all alone, the Tigers back four claiming for an offside that never came, as the striker found the net.

A frustrated Worksop side were unlucky not to retake the lead when Denton smashed a half volley against the crossbar.

Six minutes after the interval Worksop were ahead again, Jack Muldoon doing well down the right and finding Higginson, who in turn fed Mettam - Martin denying him before Denton hooked home.

Muldoon, after a poor first half, showcased his strength, balance and pace when he went on a run into the box, Martin got his hands to the resulting shot though.

The breathing space Tigers needed came in the 68th minute when Mettam picked up the ball on the right flank, drifted inside and then played the perfect ball for Denton to head in his 30th of the season.

But less than a minute later Madeley somehow found the ball at his feet on the edge of the box, in acres of space, and he slammed in his second.

Craig Clay was sent on in place of Jake Scott, and made an immediate impact, linking with Higginson before fashioning a chance for himself despite falling over, Martin saving.

Making a bigger impact on the game was Madeley, who hammered home an impressive volley from 16 yards after the ball was flicked on from a decent cross.

Suddenly it all got very nervous.

But you just can’t stop Mark Shaw’s men from scoring, and they came good to make it four wins in a row.

Clay linked brilliantly with Pursehouse, allowing the full-back to cross, and after a home player almost put through his own goal, and Jamie Jackson very nearly netted, Clarke was there to hammer the ball in.

Madeley was determined to get something for his side, and as the game entered the final five minutes he twisted and turned in the box only to shoot wide.

Jackson was unfairly halted right on the edge of the box when played in by Mettam, and culprit Domaine Rouse received a second yellow and his marching orders - but Tigers wasted the free-kick.

It didn’t matter however, the whistle went to allow a relieved bunch of away supporters the chance to celebrate.

Droylsden: Martin, Jeffries (Matthews 74), McNamara (Deacon 62), Heneghan, Mortimer, Murphy, Parker, Freakes, Gonzales, Madeley, Rouse. Not used: Hibbert, McLoughlin, Bold.

Worksop: Stewart 6, Burrell 6, PURSEHOUSE 8, Scott 6 (Clay 72), Quinn 6, Burgin 6, Muldoon 6 (Jackson 79), Clarke 7, Denton 7, Mettam 7, Higginson 6 (Thomas 82). Subs: Turner, Jackson, Garnett.

Referee: Sam Mullhall. Assistants: Graeme Kearney, Nigel Usher.

Goalscorers: Madeley 36, 69, 76; Mettam 22, Denton 51, 68, Clarke 84.

Yellows: Heneghan 2, Rouse 61, 90; Stewart 52.

Reds: Rouse 90.

Attendance: 182.