Worksop held 1-1 by promotion rivals Cleethorpes

Worksop Town's Kyle Jordan.
Worksop Town's Kyle Jordan.

Worksop Town were held to a 1-1 draw in their NCEL Premier Division clash at home to Cleethorpes this afternoon.

Kyle Jordan opened the scoring in the first half before Liam Dickens’ excellent strike earned a point for fellow promotion contenders Cleethorpes.

The result sees Worksop slip to second after Tadcaster won to go back to the summit.

Tigers chief Mark Shaw made six alterations to the side which swept aside Frecheville 4-1 in midweek.

On a wet and miserable November afternoon, it was the visitors who carved out the first chance of the game.

Louis Grant however could only drill an effort straight at home stopper Jon Kennedy.

Shortly after full-back James Cottingham blazed over after a sniff of the Cleethorpes goal.

The Lincolnshire outfit enjoyed more of the possession in the opening quarter and Grant was again denied, this time from an inswinging corner.

Tim Lowe saw a daisycutter cut past the Worksop upright as Cleethorpes continued their hunt for the opener.

However, the first goal arrived just after and it was Worksop who got it.

Jordan drilled home with the outside of his foot inside the box after good work down the left flank from Phil Roe.

Brody Robertson attempted to draw level for the visitors on the half-hour but he saw a rasping shot dealt with comfortably by Kennedy.

Jordan went close again on 33 minutes but this time couldn’t direct his effort on target.

Cleethorpes were third in the league going into this match and it showed with their cohesive and fluent passing, especially when building from the back.

Worksop came out roaring in the second half and Jordan saw a glancing header cleared off the line by a Cleethorpes defender just three minutes after the restart.

Cleethorpes should have drawn level on 53 minutes by the dangerous Grant just missed connecting with a dangerous cross when free inside the area.

However, they were level just minutes later when Liam Dickens hit a beauty from distance that nestled into Kennedy’s bottom-left corner.

Robertson thought he had earned a penalty for the visitors on the hour but after going down under a challenge he was booked for simulation.

Heward then saw a deflected effort go narrowly wide before Mascall did the same as Cleethorpes upped the ante.

Roe then tried his luck from close range but drew a fine save from the visitor ‘keeper Fenty.

Worksop thought they had claims for a penalty towards the latter stages but again the referee ignored appeals when

Sub Conor Sellars almost snatched victory late on before Kennedy made a stupendous one-handed save to ensure spoils were shared.

WORKSOP: Kennedy, Roe, Cooke, Lawrence, Hadfield, Cottingham, Elliott, Harrison, Woolley, Jordan, Husbands

CLEETHORPES: Fenty, Mascall, Winn, Lowe, Heward, Hanslip, Dickens, Flett, Cooper, Robertson, Grant

GOALS: Jordan 20, Dickens 55

ATTENDANCE: 456.