Brighouse Town 1-1 Worksop Town (Northern Premier League East Division) 23.10.21
Craig Parry’s Tigers made the trip to West Yorkshire for what became a tough encounter in the Northern Premier League East with Brighouse Town, an encounter that could well have gone either way, but in the end both sides had to settle for a point.
The visitors had to withstand some early pressure from the hosts, half-chances being fashioned out by both sides in those early throes, Brighouse’s Zephaniah Sorhaindo proving problematic throughout.
Just after the quarter hour mark, James Baxendale would be seen to curl an effort high and wide of Souter, in the opposing goal, before the hosts’ Beeden looked to have open the scoring but for the official’s flag being raised.
The lead was taken just after the half hour mark as Thomas, also a thorn in the Tigers’ side, heads back across goal and that man Sorhaindo was on hand to head past Malkowski; Liam Hardy came close on a couple of occasions whilst also having to leaving the field of play for treatment in what was a busy close to the first for him.
As that first motioned towards its close both Haigh (Brighouse) and Rob Guilfoyle (Worksop) work late chances for their respective side, whilst Malkowski pulled off a good save to prevent Thomas heading home from close-range – somehow just the one goal being registered come end of the first half.
A triple substitution was made to start the second period by the visitors, Parry brining on Aleksandrs Starcenko, Sam Ackroyd, and Watson, in a bid to get back into the game, whilst also having to quell the continued threat of Thomas and Sorhaindo throughout.
Moving towards the hour mark and the Tigers levelled proceedings, Ben Turner being the recipient of the equalising goal with a cross-turned-shot, firing the ball back into the area only to see its trajectory take it over the home ‘keeper, and drop into the top corner of the net.
The game opened up slightly after said equaliser was registered, Cody Cromack being seen to hit the side-netting for the visitors, whilst Ibrahim is denied by Malkowski before the rebound, off the visiting ‘keepers save, is put home by Sorhaindo, only to again be denied by the flag.
Another goal was ruled offside was the game headed towards the closing stages, both sides looking for a winner, one that wouldn’t arrive, although heading into the final five minutes, the best chance for said winner came as Cromack smashed an effort off the post, and Steven McDonnell, suffocated throughout, saw his last-gasp effort slip wide of what was an open goal.
Souter then had time to keep a home point when he denied Starcenko at the last, both sides claiming a share of the spoils.
Worksop are on the road on Tuesday (26 October) as they head to the north-east, and Marske United, before hosting Bridlington Town, on Saturday 6 November, looking to continue their upward spiral in the league (presently seventh).
Worksop Town: Sebastian Malkowski, Aaron Sennett-Nielson, Ben Turner, Deegan Atherton, Jake Picton, Lewis Gibbens (Adam Watson 46), Cody Cromack, James Baxendale (Aleksandrs Starcenko 46), Liam Hardy, Steven McDonnell, Rob Guilfoyle (Sam Ackroyd 46).
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @LewisPickersgi1 Worksop celebrate their equalising goal against Brighouse.