Worksop Town come back to hit young Lincoln City side for seven

HUCKNALL Six-A-Side League update.
HUCKNALL Six-A-Side League update.

Worksop Town came back from two goals down to thump a young Lincoln City side for seven at Sandy Lane on Saturday.

The game was hastily arranged after original opponents Gainsborough Trinity pulled out due to injuries.

The Imps sent a mixture of Under 21s and Under 18s to face Tigers, who showed little mercy.

A Steve Woolley hat-trick and impressive displays from Shaq McKenzie and Conor Higginson were among the highlights for the hosts.

Worksop had the Lincoln side in all sorts of trouble in the first few minutes.

Keeper Aidan Grant dallied on a back pass and was dispossessed by Shaq McKenzie, but Conor Sellars made a mess of an attempted lob.

Some good football then released Scott Woolley on the right, and after a bit of a scramble, McKenzie curled the ball just wide of the upright.

And before the fifth minute, McKenzie had another golden chance, after one-touch passing unlocked the City defence.

Lincoln were living a charmed life, Phil Roe’s inviting cross finding Steve Woolley who looked odds on to score, until he headed wide.

And yet it was the visitors who took the lead, on 11 minutes, Andy Wright curling a shot goalwards, Ross Henshaw blocking keeper Jon Kennedy’s view and failing to get a touch on it, the ball finding the net.

A minute later Henshaw flew in on Elliott Hodge in the box and conceded a penalty that Conner Robinson stroked home, for a 2-0 lead.

But Tigers three magic minutes saw Worksop respond, and take the lead.

A corner was half cleared by the Imps, Woolley hooked it back into the box and a lovely touch from Sam Liversidge set up Conor Higginson to control and fire home.

It was 2-2 two minutes later, Woolley beating two men, exchanging passes with Tom Elliott and then dribbling round Grant to roll in the equaliser.

Grant tried some dribbling of his own and was left red faced, McKenzie pressuring him into an error, Woolley simply dinking the ball over him and into the net from 25 yards.

The second half was just two minutes old when Woolley secured his hat-trick.

Elliott swept the ball out to Higginson on the left wing, he drove forward and slipped it through for Woolley, who was calmness personified, beating the keeper with ease.

On 51 minutes it was over as a contest, with the goal of the afternoon, McKenzie holding off his marker and blasting the ball past Grant from 20 yards on the angle.

The striker, visibly bigger and stronger than in his first spell with the club, almost had a second immediately, bringing a fine stop from Grant from distance.

Referee Hristo Karaivanov produced a rarity in pre-season, flashing the yellow card, when Jake Weatherall took out the maurauding Higginson with a cynical foul.

Less of a rarity was the subsequent Sellars attempt at goal from the free-kick, but this one was comfortably saved by Grant.

A raft of substitutions gave several Tigers a chance to impress in the second half.

Two of them linked and should have created a goal, Mark Fereday playing in Mitch Husbands, who sidefooted past the post.

After Jordan Ball had thumped the ball against the post from the byline, Lincoln were unable to clear the danger, and Tigers got it to the back post where Fereday curled home a sublime finish into the far top corner.

There was still time for another, Jack Barnett slamming in number seven from 25 yards, Grant down too slowly to get anything on the low effort.

Worksop: Kennedy, Cottingham (Wesley 70), Roe (Smythe 57), Woolley (Ward 63), Henshaw (Waddle 57), Liversidge, Sellars (Ball 68), Scott (Barnett 57), McKenzie (Husbands 57), Higginson (Fereday 63), Elliott (Hobson 70).

Lincoln City XI: Grant, Loftus (Harris 38) (Moyses 88), Andersen (Thompson 78), Everington, Fixter, Weatherall, Hodge, Wright, Millington (Robinson-Jones 68), Robinson, Stewart (McMenemy 46). Not used: Clarke, Start, Thompson.

Referee: Hristo Karaivanov.

Goalscorers: Higginson 24, Woolley 26, 26, 47, McKenzie 51, Fereday 70, Barnett 85; Wright 15, Robinson 17 (pen)

Yellows: Weatherall 55

Attendance: 208.