The Tigers headed to West Yorkshire to face Nostell Miners Welfare after 10 days without a game, hoping to carry on with their unbeaten away record, which stood at seven straight wins before today.
There was a disastrous start to proceedings, however, after just 29 seconds when Callum Harrison misjudged the bounce of the ball, Nostell’s Simon Poole nipped in and with the Tigers defence backing off he stepped up and drove the ball home into the top left corner leaving Jon Kennedy clutching at thin air.
Within minutes though the Tigers were level as Steve Woolley’s slide rule pass found top scorer Kyle Jordan, who duly slotted home from eight yards. After the frenetic start the Tigers started to take control of possession but could not find that elusive final pass as they pushed forward.
On the 20-minute mark another Kyle Jordan chance arrived, this time Tom Elliott was the provider, his pass found Jordan in space, but his effort was parried well by Nostell stopper Ed Hall. With the game still pretty open Nostell played their part with some attractive football of their own, with strikers James Kitson and Simon Poole a constant threat.
Kyle Jordan was lucky to escape a booking when he held back Nostell’s Franck Zalo as he attempted to break clear. Two more chances came the way of Jordan in the space of five minutes, the first once again he was thwarted by the excellence of keeper Hall, and the second, his effort beat the goalkeeper but this time defender James Beaston was on hand to clear off the line.
Finally Jordan’s and Worksop’s second goal duly arrived, he found himself with space in the box, he drifted around the keeper and off balance he slotted home. Just before the break Nostell had a great chance to draw level, as a cross from the right came in, Nostell number 11 Fidel Mholo headed over with he goal at his mercy.
As the second half began it was the Tigers who once again dominated possession, but it was the hosts who had the first half chance with Poole as he tried to chip Kennedy from 40 yards but the ball drifted harmlessly over. Midway through the second half a Jordon Cooke header from a Higginson corner was blocked on the line.
Worksop’s third goal arrived on 66 minutes, when Higginson beat his man 25 yards out, he looked up, and hit a shot and via a slight deflection the ball nestled into the bottom right corner.
Just two minutes later the first flare up of the game, after a tussle on the edge of the Nostell box between Kyle Jordan and Nostell defender Franck Zolo, it culminated in the Worksop striker pushing Zalo to the ground, the referee instantly brandishing a straight red card, with Zalo escaping with just a yellow.
Down to ten men the Tigers continued to dominate and with just seven minutes left on the clock the scoring was complete, Worksop were awarded a free-kick some 25 yards out just left of centre, Steve Woolley stepped up and caressed the ball over the wall and into the bottom left corner to wrap up a 4-1 victory for the Tigers.
Worksop Town: Kennedy 6, Cottingham 7, Roe 7, WOOLLEY 8, Hadfield 7, Cooke 7, Higginson 7 (Ward 90), Harrison 7, Husbands 6 (Fereday 84), Jordan 7, Elliott 6 (Waddle 86). Not Used: Hodder, Sellars.
Nostell MW: Hall, Pashley, Allsop, Davis (Douglas 70), Zalo, Beaston, Gordon, Turner, Kitson, Poole (Judson 64), Mholo.
Referee: Mr.S.Richardson. Assistants: Mr.K.Hughes, Mr.N.Allsop.
Goalscorers: Poole 1, Jordan 5, 35, Higginson 66, Woolley 83.
Yellows: Zalo 68, Douglas 73, Kitson 79.
Reds: Jordan 68.