Tigers fare well with opening win at Welfare

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Worksop Town began their new era in the perfect way, with a 3-2 win in their first NCEL Premier fixture at Armthorpe Welfare.

Fittingly, the youthful side sealed the points with a goal made and scored by Worksop residents – Matt Booth netting on his debut after good work by Carlton-in-Lindrick teenager Tom Elliott.

Of the starting 11, only 24-year-old Luke Shiels was older than 21, but the performance was assured and they stroked the ball around well.

Mark Shaw’s ‘boys’ started brightly, Conor Sellars denied by keeper Liam Copley.

The new season was just five minutes old when Tigers had their first goal, a corner swung in by Sellars stabbed home by 18-year-old front man Dre Johnson.

Johnson released newly re-signed Alex Pursehouse down the left, before a tempting cross just eluded Reece Twell.

Worringly for the visitors, Shiels took a bang to the head, was bloodied and spent five minutes off the pitch, although Tigers coped fine.

With their centre-half back in place, Worksop pushed forward and Sellars warmed Copley’s hands with a 20 yarder.

Pursehouse also tried his luck a number of times from distance, but failed to test Copley.

Armthorpe’s Adam Lee picked up the first booking for leaving a foot in on Scott - the only sign of niggle in a free flowing first half.

But minutes later it boiled over as Tigers were denied a spot kick and Jack Hawkins then stopped the hosts with a foul - Lee reacting by putting his head and shoulder in on the diminuative midfielder.

Only Hawkins received a booking, Lee lucky to stay on the pitch.

The second half began with Armthorpe levelling inside two minutes as a corner wasn’t cleared and Kieran Benson found the net.

It wasn’t 1-1 for long though, Twell crossing in to Scott, he found Johnson and when Copley saved his shot, Sellars was there to head home.

There was a golden chance for a third when a corner was flicked on by Shiels and the impressive Scott nodded over.

The physicality increased, Michael Bunn flying into a shocking tackle on Sellars who reacted with a two handed shove - both booked.

Three minutes later the red was flashed, Lee hauling down Scott to receive his second yellow.

Tigers smelled blood and Sam Liversidge headed over from a corner, before Twell hit the post.

Booth took Twell’s place, and made the desired impact as he took fellow substitute Elliott’s pass, beat the last man and slammed the ball high into the net.

A set-piece proved effective for Armthorpe once again with six minutes remaining, the ball finding its way to Anthony Ryan who poked home.

Worksop weren’t to be denied however, and showed composure and maturity beyond their years to close down the game and send 150-plus Tigers fans home smiling.

Armthorpe Welfare: Copley, Hardman (Walters 71), Bunn, Garner, Walkden, Ryan, Rollins, Johnston (Mansaram 66), Lee, Benson (Preson 70), Baskerville. Not used: Dobbin, Robinson.

Worksop Town: Gathercole 7, Wafula 8, Pursehouse 8, Barnett 7, Liversidge 7, Shiels 7, Sellars 7, SCOTT 8, Twell 7 (Booth 70), Johnson (Jordan 86) 7, Hawkins (Elliott 75) 7. Not used: Jacob Dawson, Chris Whincop.

Referee: Mr Duncan Carratt.

Assistants: Mr Colin Unwin, Matthew Bacon.

Goalscorers: Benson 47, Ryan 84; Johnson 5, Sellars 52, Booth 81

Yellows: Lee 42, Benson 55, Bunn 60, Lee 63; Hawkins 45, Sellars 60

Red: Lee 63

Attendance: 184.