A late tidal wave of pressure earned Worksop Ladies’ masters team a dramatic victory to reach the last 16 of the Investec English Women’s Masters Over-35s’ Trophy.
Worksop trailed 2-1 at half-time, but two goals inside as many minutes from Tracy Fuller and Ailsa Gray earned them a 3-2 win that booked a ticket to the Fourth Round where they will play Wilmslow, of Cheshire, at home on Saturday, February 7.
They pressured Burton from the off, with Gray’s twisting and turning runs from midfield causing all kinds of trouble, and the pressure eventually paid off when third-team striker Joanne Pilson smashed the ball home for the opening goal.
The visitors somehow battled back to not only equalise but also snatch the lead, but the second half continued in much the same way as the first, with Worksop dictating all the play.
Burton held on, even though their defence was in tatters, until the home side’s determination was rewarded at last. Another mazy run by Gray took her to the touchline, where she sent the ball into the D for Fuller to make no mistake.
Straight from the push back, Worksop won the ball and created yet more circle penetrations. Another neat move from midfield found Gray, who converted the winner from inside the D to spark jubilant scenes of celebration.
IN other matches involving the club, Worksop Ladies 1st went into their long Christmas break with a 2-2 draw away to Loughborough Students Ladies 3rd in the Feeder East division of the Midland Women’s League.
Loughborough found a hole in the Worksop defence to take a first-half lead before two goals from player-of-the-match Fiona Webb turned things round in the second period. Webb converted from a short corner and struck again moments later. However, the home side were determined to snatch a point and pushed forward to net a late equaliser from a short corner.
THE woes of bottom-of-the-table Worksop Ladies 2nd were eased by a hard-earned goalless draw at home to Boots Ladies III in the Premier Division of the Notts League.
Mid-table Boots enjoyed most of the possession, but some excellent defending kept them at bay, with player-of-the-match goalkeeper Sophie Forster also making some excellent saves in her first game back from injury.
THERE were also no goals on depleted Worksop Ladies 3rd’s trip to face Boots Ladies 4th in Division Two of the Notts League.
Worksop pressed hard, keeping possession and picking up any stray balls. But despite creating chances, they couldn’t find the net.
It was a similar story in the second half, and with Boots going close too, it would have been harsh if either side had lost. Worksop’s player-of-the-match was Emma Warburton.
A LATE winner, calmly converted by Charlie Donagan, capped a terrific fightback from 1-0 and 2-1 down by Worksop Ladies 4th against Redhill 3rd in the Notts League’s Third Division. Worksop won 3-2, with Esme Fraser-Davis and Helen Speight scoring the other goals and Rachael Farrell getting the player-of-the-match vote.