Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Harworth Colliery U19 0 v Worksop Town U19 4 - North Midlands U19 League

Reproduced from the Worksop Town Under 19's 2010-11 blog
Wednesday 8th September 2010
Harworth Colliery U19 (0) 0
Worksop Town (1) 4
Adam Brown 28
Jason Ash 68
Danny Briggs 78
Josh Sweetnam 84

A great start to the Tigers U19's League campaign against a quite useful looking Harworth Colliery team.

On a slightly difficult playing surface and under the Central Midlands League standard floodlighting at Scrooby Road, both teams went in search of an opening as the game ebbed and flowed from the start.
Young Matt Bradley, the Harworth number 9, looks like a great prospect in the making, but the Worksop back four were in a tight mood tonight and weren't giving him the space to do the things he is capable of.
Alex Gray in the Tigers goal handled everything the home side did manage to create up front very well.
The midfield pairing of Jack Baines and Pete Stafford linked up well and having played together last season for WTFC U19's, have already developed a real understanding in the middle of the pitch.
On 28 minutes Adam Brown took the ball round the Harworth left back before dribbling his way into the area and firing Worksop ahead, via a shot that went in off Dean Stones in the Colliery goal.
It looked as though the Tigers were two ahead before half time after some neat play from Aaron Knight, but while everybody initially thought a chance that had crossed the line had been ruled out incorrectly, the linesman later confirmed it was actually not given because of an infringement in the build up play.
Harworth's ground from the top of the adjacent BMX and Skateboard ramp

After the break, Worksop forged ahead and grew stronger as the half wore on while Harworth seemed to tire. All that hard work in pre season training at Manton over the Summer months is now paying off.
The away side chalked up three further second half goals, all from substitutes.
Jason Ash, who had been on since the hour mark, sprinted forward to put the Tigers two ahead on 68 minutes.
Danny Briggs added a third having only been on the pitch 5 minutes and he could have had one even sooner but hit the post.
Then Josh Sweetnam burst away down the left on 84 minutes after a precision pass forward from Jason Markell, drew the keeper off of his line and made it 4-0 with a sublime finish to put the result beyond doubt.
Four quality strikes on one night, all from different players and all from open play ... you can't ask for more than that.
A fantastic all round performance, tempered a bit by the disappointment felt for the lads who weren't part of the 16 man squad tonight and in particular the two who made personal sacrifices to be at Harworth for the game but didn't even get a run out.
Not every player can play in every single game, but it's tough when you've seen how hard some lads have worked this last couple of months towards the new season, not to feel a massive amount of sympathy for them when they miss out on a chance to shine.
It's not right to single anybody out, football is after all a team game, but Aaron Knight's tireless running up and down the right flank and Steve Davis out on the left both had outstanding games. But in all fairness, every one of them did Worksop Town proud tonight.
At the end of the game I thought that result would send WTFC U19's to the top of the first league table, but that berth is held at this early stage by Calverton MW who put six past Southwell City, the Tigers League Cup opponents next Wednesday.
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Raffle prize tonight was won by Mr David Cawthorne after the WTFC U19's Secretary who just happened to be stood with David, drew the winning ticket out of Harworth's tin.