Horror tackle brings red card and touchline brawl, but Tigers keep the winning habit

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Worksop Town can’t break the habit of winning 4-0 – thumping another side at Sandy Lane on Saturday.

Maltby Main were the victims this time, the South Yorkshire side not performing particularly badly, just coming up against an in-form Tigers outfit.

Aside from four lovely goals, the main talking point was a horror tackle on Tom Elliott that brought a red card, a touchline brawl and the dismissal of Worksop boss Mark Shaw.

Some patient play from the hosts almost fashioned a great chance for Mitch Husbands, the striker close to latching on to Jake Scott’s chipped through ball, keeper Jamie Bailey collecting.

Husbands did make a connection with the next one, heading wide a decent cross from the right by Conor Higginson.

But the best chance of the opening stages fell to Maltby, going on the counter after some slack possession by Worksop, Jon Kennedy having to make a vital stop at his near post.

The men in blue were made to regret the missed opportunity almost immediately as Tom Elliott slipped a great ball through for Jake Scott, he backheeled to Steve Woolley and the right wing-back took a touch before drilling a low shot into the bottom corner.

The next chance was all about direct running, Woolley leaving defeners in his wake to get Tigers up the pitch, Scott taking over and getting into the area where his cut back was met by Husbands, but a defender blocked.

It was all Worksop for the vast majority of the first 25 minutes, but they couldn’t add to the lead, Husbands coming closer than ever when he got in behind and shot right across the goal, albeit from a difficult angle.

A goal was coming, however, and it was no less than Tigers deserved when it arrived just before the half hour mark.

Some quick passing around the edge of the box eventually led to a deft Kyle Jordan flick, putting Higginson in one-on-one and he provided a classy finish.

A third looked inevitable when Woolley’s smart turn let him get into the area and go round the keeper - Tom Elliott taking the pass and shooting goalwards only for a deflection to take it inches past the post.

A cynical trip on Higginson by Chris Fawcus brought the game’s first yellow, and then Worksop’s third goal.

A training ground free-kick saw Woolley ping it to the back post, Jamie Hadfield head it into the middle and after Jordan Cooke had a bit of a swing, Kyle Jordan steered it home off the bar.

The second half had a fairly uneventful start, before it exploded on 54 minutes.

Joshua Nodder flew in late on Elliott, incensing the home bench, Tigers boss Mark Shaw thumping the ball against the Maltby man and sparking a touchline brawl involving every player and staff member.

The result was a deserved red for Nodder and yellows for Lawrence and Brian Cusworth, and Shaw was ordered from the field as well - but most concerning was the departure of Elliott on a stretcher.

Worksop pit the incident behind the and got going again with a series of attacks, one of which saw Lawrence thump a volley onto the upright.

A minute later Maltby were chasing shadows as the ball was passed around them, and Husbands curled a beauty of a finish into the net from 20 yards for 4-0.

Maltby stopper Bailey, who hadn’t done much wrong for any of the goals, pulled out a brilliant save to deny Jordan a second, hurling himself through the air to beat a fierce shot round the post.

And there was a chance for Kennedy to get in on the action, a crossfield ball finding the head of Cusworth, his header destined for the top corner until the goalkeeper pushed it over.

There was no doubt that the home side’s standards slipped late on, failing to find a final ball at the end of their moves or losing possession too easily – but the game was won long before.

Worksop: Kennedy 8, Woolley 8, Waddle 8, Lawrence 8, Hadfield 8 (Roe 80), Cooke 8, Higginson 8 (Sellars 84), SCOTT 8, Husbands 8, Jordan 8, Elliott 8 (Cottingham 58). Not used: Ofosu, Fereday.

Matlby Main: Bailey, Austin, Fawcus, Hemmingway (Walker 46), Flint, Nodder, Outram, Garfitt, Cusworth, Thornton (Swales 34), Foster (Gibson 77). Not used: Conway, Yousefi.

Goalscorers: Woolley 10, Higginson 29, Jordan 43, Husbands 62

Yellows: Scott 50, Lawrence 54; Fawcus 42, Cusworth 54

Red: Nodder 54

Referee: Mr I. Dudley. Assistants: Mr S. Swain, Mr D. Tingle.

Attendance: 422.