Worksop Town showed their strength in depth on Tuesday, when with half the squad at Hallam FC, they still ran out comfortable 3-0 winners at Penistone Church.
Had it not been for some wasteful finishing and an excellent display in the home goal by Joe Green the score would have been more emphatic.
Tigers dominated from the start, Conor Sellars should have opened the scoring in the opening minutes before Green produced an excellent save to deny Shaq McKenzie.
On the half hour mark Green produced a superb save from Sellars’ free kick, palming the ball against the post; the ball being hooked off the line before Conor Higginson could prod it home.
Minutes later Green made two magnificent point blank saves to deny McKenzie then Jordan Ball.
In a rare Penistone attack they flashed a shot across the face of goal from Andy Ring’s flick on, then in added time the ball deflected off Ring against the crossbar.
The deadlock was final broken seven minutes into the second half when Sellars was fouled in the box and sent Green the wrong way from the penalty spot.
Sellars made it 2-0 just past the midway point of the half, again sending Green the wrong way with his spot kick after a foul on McKenzie.
Worksop continued to create chances, but had to wait until seven minutes from time before making it 3-0, McKenzie firing home Higginson’s cross.
Only a superb save by Green prevented Tigers extending the lead further, pushing the ball round the post when a trialist’s shot looked destined for the net.
With the game won Mark Shaw introduced six teenagers from the club’s Academy and they did not disappoint showing good composure on the ball.
Worksop: Kennedy, Wesley (Trialist 78), Smythe (Academy player 86), Wafula, Elliott (Trialist 81), Trialist, Sellars (Academy player 86), Scott (Academy player 86), McKenzie (Academy player 86), Higginson (Academy player 86), Ball.