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Worksop Town FC v Retford United. Worksop celebrate
Worksop Town FC v Retford United. Worksop celebrate
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On the day I celebrated seven years of covering Worksop Town, they scored seven goals in front of over 700 in their seventh NCEL Premier game of the season.

We’re told seven is the perfect number, and truth be told Saturday was almost flawless for fans of the world’s fourth oldest club.

Putting seven past your nearest rivals – despite going down to 10 men – is a situation rarely bettered in football.

There was a feeling before kick-off that perhaps the fixture meant more to the hosts than it did to Retford United.

Inside the first 10 seconds it certainly looked that way, on the pitch at least.

How on earth did Worksop Town score with just 10 seconds on the clock, when they didn’t kick off?

Because Connor Sellars was determined to hunt the ball down, and a few smart passes later, Dre Johnson was there to slot home.

Sellars was a man on a mission from the first whistle to the last.

Four assists and two goals were his reward for a Tigerish display in midfield.

His 30-yard free-kick was one of the best seen at Sandy Lane in the past seven years.

It’s clear that the son of former Leeds United and Blackburn star Scott is capable of playing at a higher level than Northern Counties East League.

And he’s fast becoming a fan favourite.

He’s not alone however.

Luke Shiels, another whose name was on the scoresheet twice on Saturday, is loved by everyone at the club.

He bullied, for want of a better word, the Retford strikers into submission and pipped Sellars for the Man of the Match award.

There wasn’t a poor performance from anyone in a neon orange shirt.

As bad as Retford were, Worksop were very good.

And this time next week we’ll have more of an indication of where the young Tigers may find themselves come April.

Cleethorpes at home on Wednesday presents a top-10 clash, and Saturday’s visit to Heanor will be Worksop’s toughest test to date.

But if they zip the ball around like they did against Retford and take their chances, I wouldn’t bet against at least a four point return by 5pm on Saturday.