Tigers make history with 13-0 drubbing of cup opponents

Worksop Town v Phoenix FC in the Sheffield Senior Cup at Sandy Lane. Tigers player Antonio Wedderburn scores.
Worksop Town v Phoenix FC in the Sheffield Senior Cup at Sandy Lane. Tigers player Antonio Wedderburn scores.

Worksop Town rolled back the years and created history on Wednesday night with a 13-0 drubbing of Central Midlands side Phoenix, in Sheffield Senior Cup action.

Tommy Spencer was in the dugout watching on as Tigers broke the Sandy Lane record set by his Worksop Town side in the early 90s when they trounced British Gas 12-0 in the same competition.

Worksop Town v Phoenix FC in the Sheffield Senior Cup at Sandy Lane. Tigers player Antonio Wedderburn scores.

Worksop Town v Phoenix FC in the Sheffield Senior Cup at Sandy Lane. Tigers player Antonio Wedderburn scores.

Spencer was a guest of ‘manager for the night’ Nicky Hulme, an auction winner who replaced Mark Shaw on the touchline.

On a special night for Hulme, Spencer and the 217 in attendance, Antonio Wedderburn impressed with four goals.

He wasted no time in making the most of his first start for Tigers, lifting a beautiful shot over the stranded keeper on five minutes.

Tom Elliott, who supplied the assist for the opener, gave Chris Whincop a similar through ball, and this time the Tiger was off target.

Whincop turned provider on 17 minutes, a defensive error giving him space in behind the defence and he teed up Jack Waddle for a cool left-foot finish and goal number two.

Worksop’s pressure was relentless, Matt Booth finding Wedderburn in the middle and although he went round the keeper he was forced wide, the ball eventually falling to Jack Hawkins whose shot was deflected over.

As good as Wedderburn’s opener was, his 25th minute miss was equally bad, miskicking Waddle’s perfect cross with the keeper beaten.

The third goal arrived two minutes later, Hawkins with a clever little finish from 18 yards.

Two minutes after that it was 4-0, Wedderburn taking Hawkins’ pass, going round the keeper and rolling into the empty net.

It wasn’t quite one way traffic, Phoenix did come close through Kieran Gallagher’s well struck volley, Ben Gathercole making his first save of the evening.

It wasn’t long before Tigers were back on the attack however, Wedderburn swinging a dangerous cross that Whincop couldn’t fail to meet in the middle, 5-0 the scoreline on 33 minutes.

Worksop weren’t finished with the first half scoring, Wedderburn supplying Whincop again, who buried the chance.

Gathercole was called into action from another Liversidge mistake, Gallagher’s scorching shot palmed away.

A lovely turn from Booth saw him leave his marker for dead, keeper Matt Horschell-Smith came out on top with a great save however.

There was no sign of Tigers letting up after the break, Wedderburn driving a shot well wide after beating a defender with ease.

Connor Smythe got in on the act on 52 minutes, skipping out of a tackle and sending the ball low into the far corner of the net.

Reece Twell made an entrance, in place of Booth, and was straight into the action, sliding the ball to the back post where Wedderburn arrived to knock in his hat-trick.

Twell could have added a goal of his own a minute later but swept the ball well over the bar from the penalty spot in acres of space.

Gathercole was furious when Smythe gave the ball away and the stopper had to make a good save from Rob Gorman’s fierce drive.

The 10th should have hit the net when Worksop put together a lovely one-touch move, Twell hit his shot straight at the keeper though.

It was Whincop who made it double figures, slamming a half volley into the top corner from 20 yards out, the pick of the bunch and his third.

Not to be outdone, Wedderburn grabbed his fourth, accepting Whincop’s perfect pass and gratefully tapping into the empty net.

Twell got the goal he wanted when he was put clean through by Elliott, rounded the keeper and had the simplest of finishes.

There was almost a carbon copy, this time Twell going to the keeper’s right, but a defender got back to clear off the line.

The striker then went haring down the left and sent in a great cross, Whincop only able to volley this one over.

To cap a miserable night for the visitors, a slip from Horschell-Smith gifted Twell the ball and he simply ran it into the unguarded net for a 13-0 victory and safe passage into the next round of the cup.