Worksop hit league’s bottom boys for six

Worksop Town v Nostell Miners Welfare. Tigers player Luke Shiels scores.
Worksop Town v Nostell Miners Welfare. Tigers player Luke Shiels scores.
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Worksop Town didn’t need a vintage performance to put six past 10-men Nostell Miners Welfare at Sandy Lane.

Tigers weren’t at their best but still proved too strong for the NCEL Premier’s bottom side, who played a man down for 65 minutes.

Worksop Town v Nostell Miners Welfare. Tigers player Conor Sellars scores from the penalty spot.

Worksop Town v Nostell Miners Welfare. Tigers player Conor Sellars scores from the penalty spot.

The hosts had a shaky start however, Matthew Semley allowed to run an awfully long way before his low effort trundled wide.

A Sam Liversidge mistake then gifted Mark Simpson the ball inside the box, the Tigers defender relieved to see the shot deflected off target.

Simpson didn’t have long to wait before he hit the target however, placing the ball in the corner of the Worksop net a minute later after Luke Shiels had failed to clear on the edge of the area.

Tigers had an immediate chance to level, Conor Sellars lining up a central free-kick 25 yards out but he sent it just past the post.

It was Shiels who brought parity however, chesting down Tom Elliott’s cracking ball to the back post and slamming it home with the outside of his right boot.

Nostell came straight back, and would have retaken the lead had it not been for Tom Burgin’s goal-line clearance, visiting striker Dale Kelly given far too much time and space for a shot.

The three centre halves were showing signs of not having trained or played together in a 3-5-2 system, Nostell getting more joy from a ball into the box, Semley hooking over.

Things were to get substantially easier after 25 minutes when Shiels’ goalbound header was tipped around the post by left-back Matthew Cunliffe - the only possible outcome a penalty and red card.

Sellars stepped up to the spot and found the bottom left hand corner.

Apparently the men in blue hadn’t read the script, and only Ben Gathercole’s fine save denied Kelly an equaliser.

Elliott slid an excellent ball through for Sellars and when his cross was missed by keeper Ben Saynor, Connor Smythe looked odds on to score, a defender deflecting his effort wide - although the linesman awarded a goal-kick.

Nostell replacement Sam Varley had only been on the pitch a minute when he brought down Dre Johnson - only seeing yellow despite a suspicion of being the last man.

The free-kick was sufficient punishment though, Sellars whipping in the ball for Shiels to power home his second with a header.

Three minutes before the break Sellars also had a brace, firing in from 16 yards after being fed by Jack Hawkins.

If a second half onslaught was expected from Worksop Town, it didn’t immediately materialise.

Nostell were back on the attack despite their numerical disadvantage, Simpson striding into space and seeing his shot palmed round the post.

Shiels’ afternoon ended seven minutes after the break, Jack Waddle taking his place and going into midfield with Tigers going back to 4-4-2.

Waddle’s first contribution was a looping, deflected shot that almost crept in at the far post.

Despite a distinct lack of urgency in the hosts’ attacking play, they went further ahead thanks to a poor piece of goalkeeping, Hawkins’ shot spilled and the rebound knocked in by Mitch Husbands.

Although not at their best, Tigers did create chances through Pursehouse on the right, one cross converted by substitute Chris Whincop who was flagged offside, another almost deflected into the net by a defender.

Goalkeeper Saynor made a fine stop to beat out Husbands’ curling shot, but when the ball came back to Connor Smythe he drilled it hard and low and into the net via a slight deflection for number six.

Worksop: Gathercole 7, Pursehouse 8, Smythe 7, Burgin 6, Liversidge 6, Shiels 6 (Waddle 52), Sellars 7 (Whincop 69), HAWKINS 8, Husbands 5, Johnson 5, Elliott 6 (Jordan 74). Not used: Scott, Booth.

Nostell MW: Saynor, Dawley, Cunliffe, Kane (Allsop 61), Brooke, Walton, Moyce (Varley 34), Wimslow, Kelly, Simpson (Bayang 74), Semley.

Goalscorers: Shiels 19, 36, Sellars 26 (pen), 42, Husbands 60, Smythe 82; Simpson 10

Yellows: Waddle 73; Varley 35, Kelly 54, Dawley 67

Reds: Cunliffe 25

Attendance: 349.

Referee: Mr. Oliver Bickle. Assistants: Mr Martin Watts, Mr. Ryan Haynes