A fantastic display from Worksop Town saw them run out emphatic 7-1 winners at Pontefract Colleries on Saturday.
Tigers had their first real attempt on 15 minutes as a nice move ended with a Kyle Jordan’s shot easily saved.
Then, after a poor back pass, Worksop won a corner from which Mitch Husbands’s effort was blocked by a Pontefract hand. The referee only gave a corner, but from that Conor Sellars delivery Ross Henshaw flicked on and Jordan applied a composed finish to open the scoring.
Pontefract tried to instantly reply, forcing a corner which Tigers struggled to clear, ending with Nigel Danby heading over when well placed.
However it was the visitors who scored the next goal as another nice move saw James Cottingham square to Tom Elliott who provided the perfect assist for Jordan to tap home his second on 21 minutes.
A couple more chances followed for Tigers as they attacked with real fluency and rhythm, cutting open the home side’s defence. First Henshaw headed at the keeper from a corner before Sellars fizzed a drive wide from outside the box.
A third goal was coming, and when it arrived it was an odd one. Another good move saw Jordan flick the ball into Sellars, and as the defender challenged him it bounced off his leg and into the bottom corner on 33 minutes. Ellis Halpine could only stand and watch yet again in the Pontefract goal.
Jordan, a constant threat throughout, almost had his hat-trick on 36 minutes, smashing a fantastic strike against the woodwork via a fingertip save from Halpine.
As half-time approached Ponterfact were lucky to keep ten men on the field as Luke Danville flew in on Cottingham with studs showing but escaped with a yellow card.
Tigers started the second-half as they ended the first, on the front foot, Jordan drilling a shot over the bar from just outside the box.
Then the keeper made a great save to deny Jordan again, tipping a low shot wide of the post.
The hosts then got themselves back into the game, Rubin Jerome finishing off a counter attack after rounding Jon Kennedy on 49 minutes, then Kennedy was then forced into a save low down to his left in Pontefract’s best spell of the game by far.
Tigers responded, Jordan finally getting his third of the game on 54 minutes. A great chipped ball over the top from Elliott realised the striker who finished with a thunderous drive on the volley over the keeper and into the corner of the goal. A superb hat-trick to mark a fantastic performance.
The chances kept coming for Worksop as Sellars was brought down in the box with the referee not hesitating in pointing to the spot. Sellars stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way to make it 5-1 on 58 minutes.
The excellent Jordan then provided a chance for Husbands, sending him through one-on-one with a flick. However, Halpine rushed out to block it at the striker’s feet.
Kennedy then made a brilliant save to deny the home team, saving point blank from a free header.
Substitute Jack Waddle then got in on the scoring act on 65 minutes, sliding the ball through the keeper’s legs after being released one-on-one with the keeper. With 25 minutes still left to play Pontefract looked short of ideas, mainly caused by the passing and movement of the visitors.
More chances continued to follow for Tigers as Husbands fired wide, while at the other end Danny Barlow forced a save from Kennedy from a free-kick.
Tigers then had their own chance from a free-kick as Sellars’ shot ended with Conor Higginson’s deflected effort being tipped wide by Halpine. Elliott then lifted a shot over the keeper and over the bar on 85 minutes when through on goal.
Husbands then got a goal to match his work rate, with Sellars squaring to him when clean through to apply the finish into an empty net on 86 minutes.
The result didn’t flatter Tigers, whose performance was sublime in pretty much all areas as they dominated the game. The work rate never dropped while playing some fantastic football for the whole 90 minutes.
Worksop: Kennedy 7, Cottigham 7 (Woolley 64), Roe 6 (Waddle 25 7), Barnett 7, Henshaw 7, Cooke 7, Sellars 8, Scott 7, Husbands 7, JORDAN 9 (Higginson 64), Elliott 8.
Subs not used: Smythe, Hobson.
Pontefract Colleries: Halpine, Heeley, Chapple (Barlow 61), Danby, Danville (Marsden 80), Forgione (Catton 61), Jerome, Corbett, Radford, Moxam, Whitehouse.
Subs not used: Copping, Staley.
Yellow cards: Forgione 31, Danville 45, Barnett 72, Radford 79, Moxam 83,
Goals: Jordan 16, 21, 54, Sellars 33, 58, Waddle 65, Husbands 86.
Referee: Mr J Bell
Assistants: Mr M Bacon & Mr S Wright