Pickering Town 1-4 Worksop Town (Northern Premier League East Division) 02.10.21
Craig Parry’s Tigers excited on Saturday afternoon, as they put last weekend’s defeat away to Dunston UTS behind them in emphatic fashion, but they did it the hard way as well, coming from behind to claim the points with a 4-1 win away to Pickering Town.
A quiet, opening quarter of the match would see the two Town’s jostling for position as they hunted the opening goal, the hosts gaining the upper-hand midway through the first period.
With 22 minutes on the clock, the hosts’ Jackson Jowett would be seen to bend a smart effort past visiting ‘keeper Tiernan Brooks, and into the top corner for a stylish, opening goal, however, the lead would last but twelve minutes, and even that was short-lived.
A quick-fire spell for the visitors just past the half-hour mark saw the Tigers coming from one-down, to lead 2-1, in the space of a matter of minutes; just twelve minutes had elapsed from falling behind to Steven McDonnell – would there be anyone else, equalising.
A cross from Liam Bateman would be turned into the net by the battling McDonnell, alongside an opponent’s attempt to clear, the ball nestling into the bottom corner; a minute later, trailing would be turned into leading as Bateman himself would get his name on the scoresheet, poking the ball home at the back post.
The Tigers would be forced into making a change shortly before the interval, Aaron Sennett-Nielson being replaced by James Baxendale with minutes remaining, Baxo having a second-half to remember after the Tigers went in at the break, 2-1 to the good.
Early pressure was applied from the Tigers early in the second period, both McDonnell, and Ben Tomlinson, making a nuisance of themselves before the former is replaced by Sam Ackroyd just before the hour mark.
Minutes after that second change, and on the hour, Baxo would net his first of the afternoon, finding the bottom corner when getting the final touch on a cross from Ackroyd, after which the hosts would be seen to try and force themselves back into the game, chances coming via Devonte Newman-Morton, Wayne Brooksby, and Will Taylor, to no avail.
Heading into the final ten minutes of the encounter, visiting shot-stopper, Brooks, would pull off a brilliant save from Matt Broadley, keeping the hosts at bay, before, minutes later, Baxo would put the seal on the game.
Having withstood the pressure afforded by the hosts, the Tigers notched a fourth, and Baxo his second, as he nonchalantly lobs the home ‘keeper with a sumptuous effort, capping an impressive, forty-five minutes (plus) cameo appearance.
There was still time for more drama, the hosts being awarded a penalty with five minutes left on the clock, but former Tiger, Jack Johnson, would see his effort saved by the legs of Brooks.
Next up for the Tigers, back-to-back home games as Dunston UTS visit the Windsor Foodservice Stadium (Tuesday 12 October) followed by Stocksbridge Park Steels (Saturday 16 October).
Worksop Town: Tiernan Brooks, Liam Bateman, Connor Smythe, Deegan Atherton, Jake Picton, Adam Watson, Cody Cromack (Ben Turner 82), Jack Broadhead, Steven McDonnell (Sam Ackroyd 57), Ben Tomlinson, Aaron Sennett-Nielson (James Baxendale 44).
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @LewisPickersgi1 the Worksop players celebrate after an impressive win.