Tigers plough through struggling Welfare men

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Worksop Town made it two 6-1 wins in two outings, with a comprehensive beating of an outclassed Glasshoughton Welfare side.

Despite playing on what was little more than a ploughed field, Tigers still played attractive enough football as six different players hit the net.

Captain Jake Scott came back into the starting 11 after injury, Jack Hawkins unfortunate to miss out after good performances recently.

The first corner of the game brought a chance for Tigers, Sam Liversidge beating his marker with ease and heading over.

A minute later Conor Sellars split the defence with a through ball and Dre Johnson curled high and wide with just keeper Josh Archer to beat.

The first 20 minutes were played almost exclusively in the home half of the field, with Tigers in possession.

Johnson could have had an early brace, Sellars looked threatening and Tom Elliott drove into the box but couldn’t get a shot off.

The opening goal was no surprise in the 22nd minute, Sellars giving Johnson a run at goal, the striker beating the keeper to the ball and passing goalwards, Mitch Husbands sliding in to finish the job.

Number two almost arrived when the best passing move of the game released Johnson, he rounded the last defender then shot across goal and past the post.

The second, when it did come on 34 minutes, was from an unlikely source, Sellars playing in Alex Pursehouse who scored his first ever goal as a Tiger with a calm sidefoot finish.

It was the most popular of all six goals with the travelling support.

Sellars looked desperate for a goal to add to his assist, drawing a fine save from Archer with a low long distance drive.

Pursehouse came agonisingly close to a second when played in by a defender, shooting wide, then Sellars was denied again by a brilliant acrobatic stop.

The second half had a scrappy start, but seven minutes after the restart Tigers were three to the good, Sellars’ free-kick headed home by Shiels for his ninth of the season.

On the hour mark the game was dead and buried when Connor Smythe crossed unselfishly when he could have shot, Husbands controlled the ball and Sellars stroked it home.

The midfielder looked for a second with a direct free-kick just outside the box, the ball curling just past the upright.

Sellars was involved in the fifth as well, his clever touch releasing Husbands and although Archer saved the initial shot, Johnson beat his marker to the rebound and netted first time.

Glasshoughton were gifted a chance to ruin the Tigers clean sheet when Shiels needlessly tugged back Reagan Fish in the box, Kinglsey Weatherald taking the resulting spot-kick and firing home.

Substitute Matt Booth made an impact, first off the ball by getting into a spat with James Williams, before playing on and getting the ball in the box, shooting past the beleagured Archer.

It should have been 7-1 when a defender simply passed the ball to Chris Whincop, on for Johnson, but with only Archer to beat he poked wide.

The replacement ghosted into a lovely position in the final minute and headed Elliott’s cross just over the top.

Worksop are unlikely to have an easier afternoon, or experience a worse playing surface, this season, and will now take a three-game unbeaten run into next weekend’s FA Vase game at Long Eaton.

Glasshoughton: Archer, Price, Cressey, O’Reilly (Barrett 46), Walsh, Williams, Fish, Leach (Mackie 70), Morley, Weatherald, Haigh.

Worksop Town: Gathercole 7, Pursehouse 8 (Waddle 64), Smythe 8, Burgin 8, Liversidge 8, Shiels 8, SELLARS 8, Scott 8, Husbands 7 (Booth 72), Johnson 7 (Whincop 77), Elliott 7. Not used: Hawkins, Jordan.

Referee: Mr Dave Storrie. Assistants: Mr Joe Starkie, Johnathon Bickerdike.

Goalscorers: Weatherald 74 (pen); Husbands 22, Pursehouse 34, Shiels 52, Sellars 60, Johnson 66, Booth 82

Attendance: Unknown