Tigers grab the points with a late, late double

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Worksop Town may not have fully deserved three points on Wednesday, but they did what the visitors failed to do and took their chances.

Tigers beat Buxton 3-1, despite never really hitting their stride.

The Bucks will count themselves unlucky to come away without at least a point, but they were wasteful up front and Tigers were clinical.

At times it was a scrappy affair, and for long periods Buxton, spurred on by a former Worksop boss and five ex-Tigers players, dominated.

There was an early scare for the home side, Adam Quinn’s slip allowing Liam Hardy to go clean through before a magnificent tackle from Chris Salt.

Buxton’s first shot came when Derek Niven wasn’t too far off target with a low effort.

The visitors came even closer when Quinn put the ball onto his own bar, then Craig King sent in a great cross to the feet of Matt Thornhill who was denied by Tigers keeper Jon Stewart.

The resulting corner caused all sorts of problems and Scott made a vital tackle.

Leon Mettam, in his first start of the year, set his sights from distance but a wayward shot showed he’s still rusty.

After a spell of Buxton pressure, Worksop took the lead, and it was a goal worth waiting for - Tom Denton nodding the ball into the path of Jack Muldoon who beat the full-back and thrashed the ball into the roof of the net from 20 yards.

After the break Buxton came out with intent and Thornfill fizzed a shot just wide inside a minute.

It should have been 1-1 when Hardy left Salt in his wake, and dinked past Stewart, and crucially, the far post.

On 57 minutes Buxton had the goal they deserved, Hardy taking on Quinn and squaring for Morris who tapped in.

Muldoon hammered a volley goalwards that Andy Warrington did well to palm over but it was Worksop’s last good chance for a while.

Niven’s excellent through ball found Thornhill in the box and he chested it to Hardy, Stewart producing a fine save low to his right.

Tigers replaced Mettam and Scott with Jamie Jackson and Marc Goodfellow, and the latter’s quality from set-pieces proved the difference.

In the 85th minute he floated a free-kick into the path of Denton and the big man soared to nod into the far corner of the net.

The substitute was at it again in the final minute of regulation time, curling another great free-kick to the back post where Quinn met it and crossed to Jackson who steered home to give Tigers breathing space.

There was still time for the Bucks to press, Reed testing Stewart who once again produced a fine save.

Worksop sent on Conor Higginson in injury time in place of the excellent Muldoon, soaking up valuable time, and eventually after almost eight minutes of time added on the final whistle heralded a big three points for Tigers.

Worksop Town: Stewart 7, PURSEHOUSE 7, Roe 6, Scott 6 (Goodfellow 65), Quinn 6, Salt 6, Muldoon 7 (Higginson 90), Clarke 6, Mettam 6 (Jackson 75), Denton 7, Burrell 6. Not used: Burgin, Garnett.

Buxton: Warrington, Ludlam, Green, Davies, Palmer, Brooks, Thornhill (Taylor 90), Niven, Morris (Reed 72), Hardy, King. Not used: Hodder, Stevens, Johnson.

Referee: Mr A. Cawtherley.

Assistants: R. Andrew, S. Thomson.

Goalscorers: Muldoon 39, Denton 85, Jackson 90; Morris 57

Yellows: Hardy 40, Palmer 60, Davies 78

Attendance: 282.