Worksop still winding their way towards Wembley with Westfields win

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Worksop Town took yet another step towards Wembley, with a 2-1 FA Vase victory over Westfields at Sandy Lane.

Goals from the lively Conor Higginson and the immense Tom Elliott ensured that it iss Tigers, and not the 10-man Midland Premier visitors, who find themselves just four rounds from the final.

Mark Shaw brought Jon Stewart, Connor Smythe, Elliott and Mitch Husbands back into the line-up, and his men made a good start, controlling possession.

Good chasing from Elliott saw him win two challenges and slot in Higginson who was only denied by the foot of keeper Matthew Gwynne.

The visitors took 19 minutes to put their first attack together, earning a corner on the right that caused problems in the Worksop box, Tom Burgin having to make a vital block six yards out from Alex Winstone.

Husbands tried his luck from distance and Gwynne had to get down quickly to palm it round the post.

Stewart responded at the other end with a good stop of his own, keeping James Febrey’s sidefoot shot out of the bottom corner.

Having timed every tackle to perfection in the first 31 minutes, Elliott finally got one wrong and clattered into Carl Morgan to earn the game’s first yellow.

Tigers then took a deserved lead, Jake Scott breaking out and delaying the pass until just the right moment before playing in Higginson who dinked it perfectly over the keeper.

Westfields bounced back, Smythe fouling the tricky Morgan in the box, the linesman spotting it and Craig Jones levelling from the spot.

With the game heating up, an off the ball incident left Higginson on the ground and yet again a linesman’s flag drew the referee’s attention - James Febrey taking a yellow.

Having grown into the game, Westfields almost went into the break ahead, Jones flashing a half volley goalwards and bringing a fine save from Stewart.

A second half piece of quick thinking from Elliott then changed the game, his ball over the top releasing Sellars who was barged down by Michael Tambling - a red card the result.

The 10 men were the first team to create a clear cut chance, a ball into the box finding its way to Jones who volleyed goalwards, Stewart was there again however.

Smythe’s pace took him in behind the defence and although his cut back was slightly behind Husbands, the striker dug out a fierce drive that seared just over.

Breaking out from a spell of Westfields pressure, Worksop attacked at pace and Higginson linked brilliantly with Husbands before Gwynne made a fine save.

The keeper was left clutching at air in the 69th minute, Higginson scooping the ball over the defence with a delightful touch, Elliott controlling on his chest and volleying over Gwynne into the net.

Husbands and Wafula could have made life easier for the hosts but missed late chances, and substitute Matt Booth went haring through on goal in time added on, looking to add the icing on the cake, but his shot went just wide.

A week after they surrendered a 2-1 lead to 10 men, Worksop finished as they started, in control, and kept their Wembley dream alive.

Worksop: Stewart 8, Wafula 7, Smythe 7, Pursehouse 8, Liversidge 8, Burgin 8, Sellars 8, Scott 8, Husbands 6 (Waddle 90), Higginson 8 (Booth 83), ELLIOTT 9 (Hawkins 92). Not used: Whincop, Jordan.

Westfields: Gwynne, Tambling, Brock (Drag 83), Winstone (Griffiths 81), Febrey, Reeves, Jones, Sirrell, Lewars (Bent 74), Boyle, Morgan. Not used: Aldrich, Wargen.

Referee: Mr A. Bannister. Assistants: Mr M. Findlay, Mr I. Thornton.

Goalscorers: Higginson 33, Elliott 69; Jones 35 (pen)

Yellows: Elliott 31; Febrey 38, Moran after full-time

Reds: Tambling 50

Attendance: 377