Young side ousted from the Doodson Sport Cup

Worksop Town (yellow/blue v Stamford (red)- The Evo-Stik League Premier Division. Josh Williams
Worksop Town (yellow/blue v Stamford (red)- The Evo-Stik League Premier Division. Josh Williams

Worksop Town went out of the Doodson Cup when a much changed, youthful side lost 3-1 at Stamford in an entertaining match.

Mark Shaw utilised his squad to the full with nine changes to the starting line-up from Saturday’s game.

However, the young side were far from overawed and only two late goals secured the victory for the Daniels when the game looked destined for penalties.

After a quiet opening Ellis Wall had the first chance of the game on 10 minutes , running onto Tom Mullen’s flicked header from a Jan Budtz clearance only to blaze his shot over the bar from the edge of the penalty area.

Then a good pass from Josh Williams set Aaron Cole free down the left, Cole beat his marker and cut inside but saw his shot parried away by Will Jones.

However, it was Stamford who took the lead on 17 minutes with pure route one football; Nabil Shariff getting behind the Tigers defence to latch onto a clearance from keeper Jones before lobbing Budtz from the edge of the penalty area.

Jordan Smith was next to go close for the Daniels shooting just wide from 25 yards out, although Budtz had the ball covered.

On 24 minutes the Tigers were level when Jack Barnett calmly slotted home from near the penalty spot following excellent play by Jack Adams down the left.

The former Sheffield United prospect’s persistence ensured the move continued before setting up Barnett.

Smith had an excellent chance to regain the lead for the home side heading over Shawn Richards’ cross.

At the other end Wall flashed a shot just wide of the post.

With half-time approaching Moyo had a good chance for the home side, shooting straight at Budtz after Shariff cut the ball back to him.

At half-time Stamford made a double substitution including bringing on their leading scorer, Ryan Robbins.

And it was prolific dangerman Robbins who had the first chance of the half, Budtz deflecting his effort for a corner.

Adam Quinn made an excellent interception to cut out Richards’ cross that looked destined for the unmarked Moyo.

Stamford started to exert some pressure forcing a number of corners but the youthful Tigers defence held firm, Smith going closest heading over Lawlor’s corner.

Then on 78 minutes only some last gasp defending denied the home side. Robbins’ shot was partially blocked by Budtz only for Chris Salt to acrobatically clear the ball off the line with the follow up shot well blocked by Williams for a corner.

Two minutes later Tigers found themselves behind when Moyo collected the ball on the corner of the penalty area unleashing a stunning strike past Budtz.

The goal came while Worksop Town were temporarily down to 10 men with Quinn off the field receiving treatment for a cut.

With Quinn unable to continue, he was replaced by Tom Elliott for his Tigers debut, with the impressive Nick Hague moving to centre-half and Wall dropping back to full-back.

With five minutes of the game remaining the hosts made the result safe and eased into the next round of the League Cup.

A cross from the right found Robbins who made space for himself before shooting past Budtz to make it 3-1.