Worksop Town roared back from last week’s disappointing showing to put eight goals past Armthorpe at Sandy Lane.
Boss Mark Shaw had called for them to be ruthless after a 1-0 defeat at Garforth and his players responded in style – almost to the point of cruelty – in an 8-1 shellacking.
Mitch Husbands took the plaudits with his second hat-trick in three outings, but there were a number of impressive performances.
Tigers had a strong wind in their favour in the first half, and did all of the early attacking.
The wind was making it hard for Armthorpe to clear, and when Tom Elliott picked up the ball in the middle, he started a lovely move that ended in Husband’s off target shot.
Worksop took full control with two goals in quick succession, Conor Sellars at the heart of things.
First he ran at the defence and fired in a shot that Will Briggs saved but couldn’t hold, Jono Wafula following up to sidefoot home.
And three minutes later it was Sellars’ quick free-kick from the right touchline to Tom Burgin on the far side of the box that allowed the centre-half time to control then drill the ball into the net.
On 25 minutes the game seemed as good as dead, Husbands battling for the ball on the edge of the box and somehow getting the better of three defenders to feed Higginson, and his finish made it 3-0.
A rare Armthorpe foray into the Tigers half resulted in a corner, and Tom Elliott had to be alert to clear off his line.
On the stroke of half-time Worksop added a fourth, Higginson skipping away from his marker to slip the ball to Sellars and he in turn slid it to Elliott who provided a classy finish.
Higginson was replaced at the break by Chris Whincop, perhaps with Wednesday’s big game at Staveley in mind.
It didn’t take long for Tigers to get back on the attack, the ball working its way to Husbands whose deflected half volley didn’t miss by much.
Elliott played a great ball over the top for Whincop and the replacement teased the full-back before shooting just the wrong side of the post.
Armthorpe came close with an inswinging corner that no one could touch in, before Wafula crossed low and hard at the other end, Husbands sliding in to score.
Corners looked to be Welfare’s best chance ot pulling one back, and three inside a two minute spell caused trouble for the hosts, the third coming back off the far post.
Both sides made subtitutions, disrupting the game’s rhythm, and when things settled down again Welfare got themselves a goal – Joe Lumsden making light work of the home defence to set up Tom McLaughlin for a tap in.
Worksop weren’t done however, Kyle Jordan – on for Sellars – played in Whincop and his pull back was passed into the net by Husbands.
The crossbar came between Armthorpe and a second, Kyle Jones sending an audacious effort goalwards from 35 yards.
Whincop then provided Husbands with a pass that let him go in on goal, round the keeper and gleefully complete his hat-trick.
Fittingly Whincop was the man to claim the final goal, smacking the ball in off the post for an 8-1 scoreline.
Worksop Town: Stewart 7, Wafula 7, Waddle 6, Pursehouse 7, Liversidge7, Burgin 8, Sellars 8 (Jordan 62), Scott 7 (Shillito 66), HUSBANDS 8, Higginson 8 (Whincop 46 8), Elliott 7. Not used: Smythe, Hawkins.
Armthorpe: Biggs, Allott (Ryan 53), Walkden, Garner, Dorgan, Johnston, Rollins (Preston 77), Aspinal, Lumsden, Benson, McLaughlin. Not used: Jones, Winterman, Copley.
Referee: Mr J. Thornhill. Assistants: Mr A. Coleman, Mr D. Hallam.
Goalscorers: Wafula 18, Burgin 21, Higginson 25, Elliott 45, Husbands 53, 71, 82, Whincop 90; Lumsden 67.
Yellows: Dorgan 42.