Worksop Town 3-2 Pickering Town (Northern Premier League East Division) 08.01.22
It’s not often you see a hat-trick headers, but Worksop’s Jack Broadhead ensured fans at the Windsor Foodservice Stadium did just that on Saturday afternoon, his hat-trick ensuring the Tigers kept the three points at home.
Craig Parry’s side have now won four-in-a-row after Saturday’s success, and in doing so added their sixth straight home win in all competitions, the Tigers are certainly putting together a decent little run of late.
In what was a very busy opening half which would get the 450+ crowd excited, both sides registering two goals apiece, and one that would also see Sebastian Malkowski make an immediate return to the starting eleven.
Both sides would register numerous chances in the opening quarter, the visitors though being the ones to take the lead when, 22 minutes into the contest, Brandon Holdsworth would latch onto a ball over the Tigers defence, he rounding Malkowski with it, and firing home into an empty net.
Just seven minutes would elapse before the Tigers levelled proceedings, midfielder Broadhead with his first of the afternoon; Connor Smythe would fire in a well-placed corner, it being met well and glanced home for 1-1.
No quickly as the Tigers had equalised, were the Pikes ahead again, this time Omar Sanyang getting on the end of Holdsworth’s final ball across the box, and putting into Malkowski’s bottom corner.
Again though, the pendulum would keep swinging, and back in favour of the hosts, a cross from the right, ten minutes before the break, by striker Steven McDonnell, landed nicely for the arriving down Broadhead down the middle, and he headed past Lucas Martin to send the sides in level at the break.
Fifteen minutes in which to breathe, and for both managers to work what to do next, and maybe grab a winner, somehow.
Well, that winner would come courtesy of Broadhead, midway through the second period, and after Liam Hardy would have several chances for the hosts, the Tigers looking to assert their increasing dominance.
It finally paid off, in the 67 minute, the hosts for the first time in the contest taking the lead, and it would come following another corner from Smythe, and Broadhead ghosting in at the back post to head home what would eventually prove the winning goal.
Broadhead’s treble was nearly overshadowed by a flashpoint ten minutes from time, both sides finishing with ten men when Aleksandrs Starcenko (Worksop) and Jamie Thornton (Pickering) were dismissed for violent conduct.
There was even time for Tigers captain, Jake Picton, to attempt a duplicate of his recent effort against Cleethorpes, this time though it went wide of the post, the Tigers holding on for another three points, and moved them up to sixth, with two games in hand on those directly above them.
Next up for the Tigers a trip to Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Amateurs on Tuesday night, kick-off at 19:45, before a trip to the North-East, and Dunston UTS, on Saturday 15 January.
Worksop Town: Sebastian Malkowski, Adam Watson, Connor Smythe, Cody Cromack (Aaron Sennett-Nielsen 46), Jake Picton, Danny Burns, Aleksandrs Starcenko, Jack Broadhead, Liam Hardy, Steve McDonnell, Vaughan Redford.
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @LewisPickersgi1 action from the Tigers win over Pickering.