Tigers Beat Young Terriers In Friendly

Worksop Town 2-1 Huddersfield Town Academy (Friendly) 23.07.21

Craig Parry’s Tigers picked up another victory on Friday night as they donned their snazzy, new third kit, and came from behind to see off a tough challenge from Jon Worthington’s visiting, Huddersfield Town Academy.

A scrappy opening ten minutes suddenly burst into life when the visitors took the lead after 12 minutes, Kian Harratt finishing off a move that would see Charles Ondo put him through on goal, the Young Terrier firing into the top corner for the opener.

It would take less than five minutes for the Tigers to strike back, a second penalty being awarded to the hosts for which there was only one man for the job, Worksop hitman, Steve McDonnell, who duly obliged, despatched, and equalised, this coming after a spot-kick moments earlier was brilliantly saved.

The hometown hero would go onto become a nuisance for the Young Terriers backline, having numerous chances throughout each half.

Shortly after equalising he’d cause mischief from a corner, creating a couple of chances for himself in quick succession as the game became an end-to-end affair, both sides having chances, Harratt and Ondo creating for the visitors.

Ticking past the half hour mark, McDonnell would try his luck from range, only to be denied by home shot-stopper, Max Dearnley, who parries well and, as time ticked towards the break, Connor Smythe was challenged on half-way only for Zayn Hakeem to pick up the loose ball and tries his luck, the effort sailing over.

The two sides went in level pegging at the interval.

The Tigers would have a number of corners in quick succession early in the second before finally taking the lead seven minutes in, substitute Ben Tomlinson dropping his shoulder, and firing past Dearnley.

Although the game seemed to have settled down as the hour mark approached, shortly after it burst back into life following a foul on a home play resulted in a scuffle from which a visiting player saw himself into the referee’s notebook.

Both Ondo, and Myles Bright, continue to create for the Young Terriers but are unable to find their way past the home defence, locked firm across the line, before McDonnell is brought off with ten minutes remaining, to mass applause.

Chances were still being created but they came to nothing, the Tigers holding on for an impressive, 2-1 home win; they now face Gainsborough Trinity at home on Saturday 31 July, before a big clash, the Tuesday after (3 August) when they welcome Walsall to Sandy Lane’s Windsor Foodservice Stadium.

Worksop Town: Trialist, Deegan Atherton, Connor Smythe, Jack Broadhead, Jake Picton, James Baxendale, Cody Cromack, Steve McDonnell, Zayn Hakeem, Ify Ofoegbu.

*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).

*Main image @worksoptownfc action from Sandy Lane as Worksop beat Huddersfield.

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