Tigers make light work of Zebras to continue high scoring form

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Worksop Town continue to score goals galore in the NCEL Premier - adding another four in Saturday’s win over Brigg Town.

Three arrived in the first half, and the final score of 4-0 was a just reward for another dominant display.

It was the men in garish pink who fashioned the first chance, with an element of luck, the ball coming off Ryan Thompson’s knee to put him in space before he blasted well over from 18 yards.

Tigers weren’t at their fluent best in the early stages, finding plenty of possession and territory but struggling to find the killer final ball.

But on 20 minutes, Steve Woolley cut through the middle of the pitch and released Jack Waddle, the left-back whipping in a dangerous low cross that Brigg skipper Tom Lee could only direct into his own net.

Brigg came right back at the hosts, Lewis Dennison finding the ball at his feet on the edge of the box with more space than Tigers would have liked, but his shot hit Jake Scott and drifted wide.

A quick counter attack put Worksop on the front foot again, Conor Higginson running at the back four before slipping the ball ahead for Kyle Jordan, the striker beaten to it by keeper Ryan Ramsden.

The visitors were dropping very deep to frustrate Worksop and give them little in the way of options for forward passes, so Tom Elliott decided to take matters into his own hands, dropping a shoulder to drift past one, then two challenges before drilling the ball wide.

There was nothing Brigg could do about the slick passing that unlocked them for goal number two - Mitch Husbands playing in Woolley on the right before his low, hard pass into the middle was knocked in by Elliott.

And three minutes later another great move had Brigg at sixes and sevens and Jordan stole in all alone to dink the ball was the despairing Ramsden for a comfortable three-goal lead.

The interval did nothing to change the flow of the game, Worksop coming out with just as much intent for the second half - Elliott running onto a long ball only to be halted by a brilliant last ditch tackle.

The midfielder made way for Conor Sellars midway through the second half, and the replacement had an instant shout for a spot-kick, being felled after he put the ball across the area, play continuing.

Jake Scott played Jordan through, and although he took the ball past Ramsden he ran wide and had to square for Husbands, a defender blocking the shot.

Jon Kennedy eventually made a save in the 75th minute, getting his body behind Dennison’s shot and gathering at the second attempt.

Although they weren’t anywhere close to the standards of the first half, Worksop were still the better side, and a Jamie Hadfield pass put Woolley in again, the full-back squaring to Andy Ofosu who was denied at the the last second.

Ofosu had his head in his hands when he and Husbands sprinted clear, the latter’s pass not quite hard enough when a goal seemed imminent.

The fourth did arrive three minutes from time, Sellars starting the move at halfway and then finishing it with a low blast into the far corner.

And the impressive Waddle came agonisingly close to a deserved goal, taking the keeper out of the equation but placing his shot against defender Phillip Winn.

Worksop: Kennedy 7, Woolley 7, WADDLE 8, Lawrence 7 (Hadfield 69), Henshaw 7, Cooke 7, Higginson 7, Scott 7, Husbands 7, Jordan 7 (Ofosu 74), Elliott 7 (Sellars 65). Not used: Roe, Steade.

Brigg: Ramsden, Bedford, Wheeldon (Yates 54), Slater (Okopskyj 54), Winn, Lee, Thompson, Barden, Barnwell, Dennison, King (Mountain 70). Not used: Bisilank, Wilks.

Referee: Mr S. Abbott.

Assistants: Mr J. Shipley, Mr J. Bancroft.

Goalscorers: own goal 20, Elliott 36, Jordan 39, Sellars 87

Yellows: Bedford 2

Attendance: 414