Clipstone complete double over Worksop Town

Clipstone v Worksop Town in the NCEL Premier League. Clipstone player Adam Somes and Worksop player Thomas Elliott.
Clipstone v Worksop Town in the NCEL Premier League. Clipstone player Adam Somes and Worksop player Thomas Elliott.

A 3-1 home victory saw Clipstone complete a league double over high-flying Worksop Town.

After a wobble of three successive defeats, the Tigers were looking to return to form and had the chance of going top of the Toolsport NCEL Premier Division.

However, in front of 272 spectators, Clipstone’s highest attendance of the season, a brace from Cobras’ new signing Nicky Walker proved the difference.

Worksop’s main title rivals, leaders Tadcaster Albion, needed a late penalty themselves to rescue a point a strugglers Parkgate.

Clipstone had been struggling at home and had lost their previous four home games but on the day played with much greater spirit and higher tempo than of late.

Walker, 21, is also registered with Boston United but despite not having played for five or six weeks, he was in the right position on two occasions and both goals were classy finishes.

The Cobras created the first chance of note on 18 minutes when Adam Somes forced a good save from Worksop keeper Jon Kennedy who reacted well to clear the loose ball before Jahmal Smith could connect.

The first goal came on 27 minutes when a move involving Walker and Liam Royles led to the ball falling to Oli Ryan, whose shot was perfectly floated to beat Kennedy.

The home side doubled their lead on 42 minutes when a superb chip forward from Ryan found Walker who finished clinically.

Steve Hernandez was then called into action just before the break when he saved from Steve Woolley.

Worksop started strongly in the second period but resolute defending kept them at bay. Man of the match Chris Salt was dominant in the air and well supported by those around him.

Worksop left back Phil Roe forced a good save from Hernandez and the keeper then did well to deny Kyle Jordan after he had gone past two defenders.

Hernandez produced another save a few minutes later and Salt diverted the rebound onto the post.

The all-important third Cobras goal came on 61 minutes. A cross from the left from sub Alec Denton wasn’t cleared and Smith headed the loose ball to Walker who fired home.

Hernandez then made an outstanding one-handed save to deny Mitch Husbands before Worksop finally grabbed what proved to be only a consolation goal back on 67 minutes with a penalty from Jordan after a foul in the box.

Kennedy denied Walker his hat-trick with a late save but the points were secure and Clipstone moved up to seventh in the league.