Old head steers Worksop Town youngsters to the top of the NCEL Premier in win over Bridlington

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Worksop Town’s youngsters sit top of the NCEL Premier, after the oldest man in the squad grabbed the winner in a 2-1 victory at Bridlington.

Assistant manager Chris Adam, drafted into the side in the absence of Conor Higginson, scored in the second half to send Tigers two points clear of Tadcaster.

At Bridlington, Worksop showed they had learned their lessons this season, holding onto a slender lead and shutting the game down late on.

Worksop went uncharacteristically direct early on, Tom Burgin’s long ball allowing Andy Ofosu to run clear, his first touch too heavy as James Hitchcock made the save.

The big man had his first goal as a Tiger on 16 minutes however, taking Conor Sellars’ clever flick and touching the ball past Hitchcock.

Only a last ditch block from Bridlington’s Benn Lewis kept it at 1-0, Ofosu putting a great ball across the box for Adam before the defender stepped in.

Adam, making his first start in his second spell at the club, returned the favour for Ofosu from the left, the defence crowding the striker out.

Bridlington hit back, against the run of play, when some crisp passing through the middle ended with the ball at Lewis Poucher’s feet, the striker with time and space to find the top corner from 18 yards.

Tigers won three corners trying to reassert their dominance, Hitchcock spilling the third, Ofosu unable to get a touch on it.

A ball down the line released Adam and although Ofosu didn’t get to his cross, he forced a mistake, turning to shoot before a defender managed to block.

It was Bridlington who started better after the break. Eddy Birch heading onto the top of the bar.

Seconds later Ross Henshaw left the pitch injured and was replaced by Jack Hawkins, the visitors going 4-3-3.

One touch too many from Sam Liversidge handed Bridlington possession, Poucher trying his luck from a long way out, bringing a save from Stewart.

Worksop emerged from their sluggish spell when James Cottingham ran out of defence and sent it through for Ofosu, the striker’s fierce cross cleared behind for a corner.

Sellars had the ball in the net for the men in white, turning it home from a few yards out, beyond the last man when the ball was played.

On 65 minutes there was no flag, Hawkins playing a lovely ball through for Adam who ran past the last man and slotted home.

The visitors came within inches of an equaliser when a cross from Ash Allanson came all the way across goal and off the inside of the far post.

The game should have been over when Adam passed the ball into the middle where first Ofosu then Kyle Jordan failed to put it into an empty net.

Worksop almost added a third with a Tom Elliott lob that landed on the roof of the net, before killing the game with clever possession in time added on to seal three points and the top spot in the league.

Bridlington: Hitchcock, Lewis, Brunton, Allanson, Knaggs, Jenkinson, Waudby (Smalley 14), Fleming, Poucher (Hogg 72), Adams, Birch. Not used: Harman, Heseltine, Sandall.

Worksop: Stewart 7, Cottingham 6, Roe 6, Henshaw 6 (Hawkins 47), Liversidge 7, Burgin 7, Sellars 5(Jordan 72) Scott 6, Ofosu 6, ADAM 7, (Whincop 90) Elliott 6. Not used: Lannaman, Jackson.

Referee: Tony Peart. Assistants: John Brown, Nigel Bamford.

Goalscorers: Poucher 31; Ofosu 16, Adam 65.

Yellows: Smalley 61; Stewart 84.

Attendance: 196.