Worksop Town score 94th minute winner against Staveley to book county cup date with Sheffield FC

MIDLANDS Regional Alliance round-up.
MIDLANDS Regional Alliance round-up.

Worksop Town booked a date with the oldest football club in the world, after beating Staveley 2-1 in the first round of the Sheffield Senior Cup.

A 94th minute winner from Andy Ofosu put Tigers in round two, where they will meet Sheffield FC.

If the first half was poor and niggly, the second was end-to-end and incident packed.

A bit of magic from Conor Higginson almost gave Tigers the lead, James Cottingham’s ball over the top superbly controlled by the striker, before he dinked it over a defender and lobbed the keeper - the ball coming off the bar.

Steve Woolley attempted to score a carbon copy of his goal from the previous outing, cutting inside and shooting low, Ryan Musslewhite saving and gathering at the second attempt.

A slick free-kick move saw Conor Sellars find Jake Scott and he clipped a ball to the back post, but when Julian Lawrence floated it back in, Andy Ofosu could only head wide from six yards.

The pace of Ofosu put Staveley in trouble when Tigers went direct through a Lawrence headed clearance, and the big frontman managed to beat Musslewhite to the ball, putting in a cross that the visitors scrambled away.

Whilst Staveley weren’t creating much of their own in the opening half an hour, they were giving Tigers no time to settle on the ball and forcing rushed clearances that disrupted Worksop’s rhythm.

But on 32 minutes the away side did make a golden chance, Courtney Hastings getting space to shoot inside the box, only for Jack Waddle to put in a vital last ditch block.

At the other end, Sellars drove a cross to the near post, and Alex Pugh deflected just wide of his own upright.

Frustration then led to a silly yellow card for Sellars, chasing after Kurtis Morley and needlessly taking his legs from behind.

With four minutes left in the half a dangerous free-kick into the Worksop box gave Matthew Varley a glorious chance, but Jon Kennedy showcased his reflexes with an instinctive save.

The first half had lacked a spark, but within six minutes of the restart, Tigers were ahead.

Staveley failed to close down quickly enough, for about the first time in the match, and they paid the price as Cottingham let fly from 25 yards and left Musslewhite grasping thin air.

Worksop had their tails up and finally started to pick out passes, working the ball from back to front where Higginson scuffed a shot wide when well placed.

The visitors didn’t look as industrious as in the first half, but still managed to level thanks to some slack play from Worksop - Waddle leaving a back pass short, allowing Hastings to nip in and tuck the ball beyond Kennedy.

And a minute later more indecisive defending put Worksop on the back foot and Fabian Smith should have made it 2-1, blasting well wide despite having time and space.

Hastings had a second goal in mind when he went haring away from three Tigers, only to go down under what looked like a foul by Jordan Cooke. But when the referee said no to the penalty appeals, Hastings indulged in an incredible display of anguish, before going down injured and being booked for dissent.

Worringly for Worksop, both Roe and Higginson went off the pitch injured, replaced by Matt Steade and Kyle Jordan.

Adam Wisdom missed a gilt edged chance for Staveley with a header from a few yards that he put wide.

Tigers came close through a Sellars free-kick, and Adam Ward should have won it with three minutes remaining, going through on goal and putting the ball the wrong side of the post.

Sellars then picked out the run of Steade, he found Jordan and when his shot was saved, Ofosu was offside, even if Musslewhite saved the follow up.

With extra-time looming, Ofosu released Jordan, he took on and beat his marker before clipping the ball back across the face of goal where Ofosu arrived to thump the ball home and win it for Tigers.

Worksop: Kennedy 7, Woolley 7, Roe 6 (Steade 71), LAWRENCE 7 , Cooke 7, Waddle 7, Higginson 6 (Jordan 78), Scott 6 (Ward 43), Ofosu 6, Sellars 6, Cottingham 6. Not used: Hobson, Fereday.

Staveley: Musslewhite, Clark, Leggitt (Carty 59), Smith, Varley, Pugh, Goodwin, Morley (Wisdom 78), Hastings, Watson (Tijani-Ibrahim 59), Wall. Not used: Fisher.

Referee: Mr A. Hull. Assistants: Mr M. Tyers, Mr C. Unwin.

Goalscorers: Cottingham 51, Ofosu 94; Hastings 66

Yellows: Sellars 38; Carty 70, Hastings 75, Varley 86

Attendance: 243