Battling Worksop Town beat Pickering Town to return to winning ways

MIDLANDS Regional Alliance round-up.
MIDLANDS Regional Alliance round-up.

Tigers got back to winning ways with a battling display, coming from behind to earn three vital points away to Pickering.

The home side took the lead with the first real attack of the match. Some fine solo work from Ged Dalton, turning between a couple of defenders before slotting past Jon Kennedy on 4 mins.

Pickering then created a couple of more chances straight after the opening goal, with the Tigers defence looking shaky. George Bissett shot tamely at Kennedy, before Lewis Taylor blazed over.

Tigers were struggling to get a grip on the game, with the hosts continuing to look threatening. Ryan Cooper narrowly missing the target from close range after a neat move.

The visitors finally spring into life with a flowing passing move releasing Tom Elliott, who cut back inside into his weaker foot and saw his shot blocked by Peter Lawre.

The game became much more even as Tigers got into the game, before Kyle Jordan missed an absolute sitter that should have drawn the scores level. The ball put on a plate from barely a yard out but somehow he finish skied over the bar.

Tigers managed to create another chance before the break, Mitch Husbands did well to turn his man in the box and clip a cross over, but Jordan couldn’t get enough on his header and it drifted wide.

Worksop started the second half much better than the first, and equalised on 54 mins. Jordan making amends for his earlier miss, taking a long range shot at goal that fizzed along the floor and into the net, leaving the keeper rooted to the spot.

Immediately after the goal Tigers were in debt to Kennedy, who pulled off a great double save after a mistake by Jordan Cooke. Nathan Kamara had two attempts at his one on one, but found the Worksop stopper in his way on both occasions.

The game was becoming stretched and open, with half chances at both ends. But it was Tigers that took the lead, Cooke powerfully heading in a Conor Sellars corner on 66 mins.

Chances kept coming at both ends in what was a thrilling end to end second half. Substitute Chris Adam dragged a one on one wide, before Pickering grabbed a leveller on 80 mins. A corner somehow missed everyone and Matty Turnbull was there to finish to make it 2-2.

Both sides pushed for a winner in the last minutes of the game. James Bennett struck the post with Kennedy beaten, before Tigers grabbed a dramatic injury time winner.

Sellars was brought down on the edge of the box after slaloming past a couple of challenges, and he got up to bury the freekick and earn three points to the delight of the Tigers bench and the traveling supporters.

Tigers: Kennedy 7, Woolley 7, Roe 6, Lawrence 6, SELLARS 7, Cooke 6, Higginson 6 (Adam 62) Harrison, Husbands 6 (Fereday 85) Jordan 6 (Waddle 90+5) Elliott 6.

Subs not used: Hobson, Adam Ward, Waddle.

Pickering: Lawre, Tillsley (Richardson 46), Danby, Hope, Turnbull, Ingram (Bennett 75) Bissett, Cooper, Kamara (Callum Ward 62) Taylor, Dalton.

Subs not used: Foster, Calvert.

Yellow Cards: Tillsley 34, Roe 48, Lawrence 78, Danby 90, Adam 90+6.

Goals: Dalton 4, Jordan 54, Cooke 66, Turnbull 80, Sellars 90+3.

Referee: Mr S. Wade.

Assistants: Mr S. Bailey and Mr A. Murphy.

Attendance: 182