New Tigers, same old story as they win an eight-goal thriller

Worksop Town FC's Andre Johnson. Picture: Andrew Roe
Worksop Town FC's Andre Johnson. Picture: Andrew Roe

The cast may have changed, but the story is still the same – Worksop Town winning games, scoring lots of goals and letting a fair few in.

Tigers fans, all 488 of them, could have been forgiven for thinking they’d travelled back in time, as they watched their side win 5-3 at home to Liversedge on Wednesday night.

Last season’s team were famous for their prolific nature and leaky defence.

Early signs are that the class of 2014/15 might not be any different.

Dre Johnson’s hat-trick stole the show against a side who seemingly came to intimidate, and Tigers made it six points from six.

Liversedge ended the night with 10 men, had six players yellow carded and should probably have had another sent off.

Tigers largely kept their heads, but one or two did react to late tackles and on another night may have taken an early bath – one presumes there will be other nights just like this one too.

Flanked by an Under 8s team of mascots, Mark Shaw’s young side emerged in their bright new kits for the first home outing of the season.

After a minute’s silence for former club physio Bob Bradbury, they wasted no time in getting things going.

The fans, who made the noise of a 500-plus crowd, only had to wait two minutes before they had a goal to cheer - Conor Sellars’ through ball releasing Johnson who scampered free and beat keeper Tom Carlisle with aplomb.

On 17 minutes Workop were two to the good, and it was one for supporters to savour as Sellars whipped in a corner and fan favourite Luke Shiels rose highest to flash a header home.

Liversedge hit back almost immediately, taking advantage of some sloppy Worksop play, getting the ball wide to Steve Wales and his deflected cross was nodded past Ben Gathercole by Thomas Jackson.

Having not scored at all last season, Alex Pursehouse must have thought it was time to break his duck when Sellars played him in down the left, only a diving Carlisle denying him.

Worksop’s Jack Hawkins and Liversedge striker Joel Farrer tangled and earned yellow cards, before Sam Liversidge slid into a rash tackle for another caution.

With the foul tally mounting, the game took on a fractious nature and when Kieran Corley went in late on Liversidge, the Tiger reacted and there was relief in the home ranks when the yellow was only shown to the visitor.

Mercifully for both teams the half-time whistle went before the game could spiral out of control, and when they emerged for the second half the visitors should have levelled.

A corner from the left found the head of Jackson and he put it wide of the far post, Gathercole beaten.

There was nothing the keeper could do in the 57th minute to prevent the equaliser - a deserved one - Shiels getting the ball caught in his feet and only managing to give it straight to Andrew Wood who netted.

Jake Scott prevented his side going behind when the ball was knocked over Gathercole and the skipper cleared off the line.

And seconds later Worksop looked certain to score until a hand shot out to block the ball - the ref spotted it and Jackson was sent off.

Scott took the spot-kick, and while Carlisle got a hand to it, the ball ended in the top corner of the net.

Two late, bad tackles had the hosts incensed.

Wood levelled Shiels well after the ball, only to see yellow, and the already booked Farrer fouled Scott and the referee gave him a warning.

Substitute Tom Elliott ghosted into the box and put a lovely ball to the back post, Jonathan Wafula heading wide.

Worksop had some daylight thanks to a lovely move that cut Liversedge open through the middle, Scott finding Johnson who streaked clear to score.

Back came the 10 men, Declan Dawson’s 25 yard deflected shot leaving Gathercole rooted to the spot.

Worksop used their numerical advantage to break quickly, and Johnson tricked his way past the last man to shoot for a hat-trick, Carlisle saving.

The treble did arrive though, on 90 minutes, as Liversedge made a mess in their own box, Kyle Jordan dug out a cross and Johnson headed in.

Worksop Town: Gathercole 6, Wafula 6, Pursehouse 7, Barnett 7, Liversidge 6, Shiels 6, Sellars 7 (Whincop 87), Scott 7, Twell 7 (Jordan 75), JOHNSON 8, Hawkins 6 (Elliott 65). Not used: Dawson, Lee.

Liversedge: Carlisle, O’Gara (Hey), Denton, Wood (McMurrough 78), Hope, Jackson, Wales ( Dawson 69), Driscoll, Farrer, Corley, Grogan.

Referee: Mr A. Dallison. Assistants: Mr M. Curwood, Mr W. Bennett.

Goalscorers: Johnson 2, 81, 90, Shiels 17, Scott 68 (pen); Jackson 19, Wood 57, Dawson 82.

Yellows: Hawkins 30, Liversidge 32; Denton 20, Farrer 30, Corley 45, Hope 67, Wood 71, Hey 90.

Red: Jackson 68.