WORKSOP Town were beaten 2-1 by play-off rivals FC United of Manchester today, in another blow to their promotion hopes.
Tigers were second best for most of the game at Gigg Lane, with their hosts playing the better football and creating many more openings.
FC United took the lead a minute before half-time through a Mike Norton header, after a lovely move from the home side.
But Luke Beckett marked his debut with a trademark close range finish on the hour mark, lashing home after Ryan Mallon had crossed and Mikel Suarez nodded the ball down.
Sixty seconds later Worksop were behind again, a low cross into the box sliced into his own net by an unfortunate James Cotterill.
Martin McIntosh’s men had three late chances to equalise, Beckett thumping a header against the bar, and Suarez receiving a poor clearance from keeper Sam Ashton, but failing to capitalise. In the dying seconds Beckett headed the ball down to substitute Marc Thompson on the penalty spot, and he blazed the chance over the bar.
Worryingly for Tigers Luke Shiels had to be replaced after he appeared to suffer an injury late in the game, and Suarez struggled with the hamstring problem he suffered a week ago.
Tigers travel to Colwyn Bay on Tuesday night in what is now a vital fixture in their play-off push.
For full match reports on both games, and reaction, see next week’s Worksop Guardian.