Fifth minute goal enough for world’s fourth oldest club Worksop to beat world’s first Sheffield in Senior Cup

Action from Worksop Town v Sheffield FC in the Sheffield Senior Cup Round 2 at Sandy Lane. Andy Ofosu celebrates after scoring for Worksop.
Action from Worksop Town v Sheffield FC in the Sheffield Senior Cup Round 2 at Sandy Lane. Andy Ofosu celebrates after scoring for Worksop.

An early Andy Ofosu goal was enough for Worksop Town to progress in the Sheffield Senior Cup, at the expense of higher league Sheffield FC.

The Evo-Stik side came up against a Worksop that had the best of the first half, before delivering a solid second half defensive performance, with keeper Jon Kennedy in fine form.

The Tigers stopper was Man of the Match thanks to several important stops, as Mark Shaw led his men to a 1-0 victory over a side he previously managed.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the game was the size of the crowd that gathered inside Sandy Lane – 407 to be exact, a remarkable attendance for a midweek county cup fixture.

It was the NCEL Premier outfit who had the better start, despite missing recently departed captain Jake Scott, and injured defenders Phil Roe (knee) and Ross Henshaw (ankle) and midfielder Conor Sellars (shoulder).

Tigers took the lead on five minutes, but in truth they were gifted the goal - ex Worksop skipper Stuart Ludlam passed the ball back to keeper Thomas Dunn, he miscontrolled and Ofosu nicked the ball before rolling it into the empty net.

Referee A. Smith took a very lenient view on a number of late tackles from the visitors, particularly a high one on Jordan Cooke by Jacques Joblon that incensed Worksop.

Sheffield stopper Dunn was looking shakey, dropping a routine catch near the edge of his box, and then made amends seconds later, tipping a curling cross-cum-shot from Julian Lawrence over the crossbar.

The first 20 minutes were almost exclusively played in Sheffield’s half, Ofosu making a nuisance of himself and seeing a cutback gathered by Dunn, then a half volley sail over.

Referee Smith showed mercy yet again when Benny Igiehon appeared to aim an elbow at Cooke, the yellow card coming out when a red looked likely.

A long stoppage in play, after Ofosu took a bang to the eye, saw Sheffield hold a mid-pitch conference on what was going wrong, and when they resumed Ludlam strode out of defence and brought a save from Jon Kennedy.

Tigers were soon back on the attack, however, Higginson swinging the ball in for Jamie Hadfield, whose header went just the wrong side of the post.

Igiehon then had Sheffield’s best chance of the half, somehow receiving the ball a couple of yards from goal with Kennedy unbalanced, and poking the ball wide.

The last action of the half was a quick break by Worksop, Tom Elliott sliding the ball to the right for Higginson who could only steer straight to Dunn.

Worksop didn’t get going after the break, their higher league opponents dominating, and coming very close to an equaliser through James Gregory, the winger denied by a fine Kennedy save having scampered clean through.

A long ball over the top then released Matt Roney, and Kennedy was there again to make the stop.

And on 66 minutes Kennedy made it a hat-trick of saves, his best of the night an instinctive flick of the glove keeping out Conor Glavin’s back post effort.

It was all Sheffield FC, replacement Temi Raheem the next to test Kennedy with a 20-yard drive that the goalkeeper held.

Worksop looked tired in the latter stages, Elliott struggling with an apparent hamstring issue and James Cottingham labouring with what looked like cramp.

For all Sheffield’s possession and pressure, it was actually Worksop who came closest to a goal in the final couple of minutes.

Replacement Adam Ward had a glorious chance to secure the win, running clean in on goal but failing to beat Dunn who came out quickly to block.

Sheffield FC never managed to create another chance as the hosts shut them out.

Four minutes of injury time eventually elapsed and Worksop celebrated safe passage into round three.

Match facts

Worksop Town: KENNEDY 8, Woolley 6, Waddle 6, Lawrence 7, Hadfield 7, Cooke 7, Higginson 6 (Ward 79), Cottingham 7, Ofosu 7, Jordan 6 (Husbands 63), Elliott 6 (Ma. Fereday 87). Not used: Hobson, Pickersgill.

Sheffield: Dunn, Ludlam, Dakwa, Glavin, Hamzat, Benyahma, Roney (Lufudu 73), McKenzie, Igiehon (Graham 88), Joblon (Raheem 55), Gregory. Not used: M. Fereday, Green.

Referee: Mr A. Smith.

Assistants: Mr M. Malton, Mr J. Mason.

Goalscorers: Ofosu 5

Yellows: Igiehon 20, Dakwa 84

Attendance: 407.