Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Worksop Town 4 v Parkgate 0 - NCEL Prem

Wednesday 9th September 2015
Toolstation NCEL Premier Division
Windsor Food Service Stadium, Sandy Lane
Worksop Town (2) 4
Kyle Jordan 11, 13
Mitch Husbands 53
Andy Ofosu 88
Parkgate (0) 0
Admission £5. Programme £1.00.  Attendance 404
This programme contains stuff written by me. But
apart from that it is a great read and only costs £1
Worksop Town
Kennedy, Woolley, Waddle, Lawrence, Henshaw (Steade 88), Cooke, Higginson (Sellars 74), Scott (C), Husbands, Jordan (Ofosu 74), Elliott
Unused subs - Roe, Steade, Booth.
Brunt, Yates (Simpkins 22), Wood, Wesley (Jones 70), 
Lowe (C), Abdulla, Whittington, Dawson, Graham, Johnson, Bond (Worsfold 65)
Unused subs - Ashton, Langford.
A big 4.0 for Worksop Town tonight sent them to the top of the NCEL Premier Division on the occasion of my own big 4.0... as in 40 games so far this season.
By heck I must be well on course to hit my target of 50 now... then another 50, then another etc. etc. Bring it on!
Parkgate also lost 4-0 the last time they visited Sandy Lane, on St. Valentine's Day.
The Steelmen are one of the better sides in the NCEL, but tonight they were made to look decidedly uninvolved in a game that the Tigers completely dominated from start to finish.
The 4-0 final score only flattered one side tonight and it most certainly wasn't Worksop Town.
The home side are irresistible to watch when they are given any amount of time and space at all, to impose their attacking style of play on visiting defenders.
Left back Jack Waddle ran rings round Parkgate down his flank, but Steve Woolley, in the opposite full back berth, played even better in my opinion.
Parkgate couldn't deal with Worksop's power play, and relentless all out attack from all angles... and really did look as if they were only here because they had an obligation to make the numbers up.
Worksop have been vulnerable through the centre of defence this term, but in new signing Julian Lawrence (below) who has just arrived from from Retford United, they appear to have a solution, he stepped straight into the starting line up this evening and fitted in immediately.
He looked very comfortable with the ball at his feet and has a great touch.
With all due respect to the other defensive options Mark Shaw has used this season (often out of necessity), Lawrence appears to be the obvious and instant answer to what has been a problem among the Tigers ranks thus far this season.
Parkgate did create several chances, four of them if I recall correctly:
In the first half Daniel Abdulla had a great chance, when it was still only 2-0, but he rushed his shot and the only netting he hit, was that above the Glassworks End stand.
Oliver Graham hooked the ball high and wide from three yards out (and probably set a few alarms off in the car park) around the hour mark and shortly afterwards Scott Whittingham attempted a spectacular bicycle kick on the edge of the penalty area, but although his technique and balance were carried out to textbook perfection, he didn't actually get anywhere near the ball.
And inside the last 10 minutes, the visitors captain (and former Worksop player) Scott Lowe, got his sides solitary effort on target, from a free kick just to the right of the penalty area, that Jon Kennedy got down to save quite easily.
Kyle Jordan's quick two goal salvo in the 11th and 13th minutes, seemed to knock whatever stuffing Parkgate had out of them... and in spells they were almost anonymous in stature from then on in.
Waddle's initial shot was almost saved by Ben Brunt, but Jordan made sure the loose ball was never in any danger of being cleared as he helped it across the line from close range. A real poacher's goal if ever there was one.
Kyle Jordan's predatory instincts saw him in the right place at the right time again, as he rammed home Worksop's second from 10 yards out, after Jake Scott had released Woolley down the flank and the Tigers full back picked out Jordan with an inch perfect cross.
At this stage, it looked as though the noisy home support were going to be treated to an absolute rout, but in the event, they had to settle for a mere four nil triumph instead.
Halfway line Boot(h) boys
Conor Higginson's pace and stature are going to catch out many a hesitant defender and as half time approached, the former Stags player was toppled in the area, but the referee Richard Eley waived any appeals away.
He was nearer than me and Richard's always been one of the nicer match officials I have ever had to deal with, so I'll give him that one.
HT: Worksop Town 2 v Parkgate 0
Football is a team game, everyone has their part to play and to that end I don't like choosing a man of the match, unless I am doing a report for a club who ask for one to be selected, because they have some kind of presentation, or player of the month type scheme where these sort of things count.
However, although the Tigers had stand out players all over the pitch tonight and Jake Scott was superb as he made the middle of the pitch his own, if I had to select one player tonight, it would have to be Steve Woolley. The Tigers right back was instrumental in creating their third goal, which effectively put the game beyond Parkgate's reach on 53 minutes.
Woolley once again terrorised the visitors down the right wing and crossed to Tom Elliott, who could have gone for goal himself, but instead knocked the ball sideways to Mitch Husband's, who was better placed and gave Brunt absolutely no chance as he powered his shot into the back of the net.
Husband's effort tonight deserved a goal, he ran himself into the ground for the Tigers cause.
Jordan netted again, after Brunt had parried yet another Woolley cross and Jordan was on hand to knock the ball past the beleaguered visitors keeper, but the 'goal' was ruled out as the linesman's flag went up.
Conor Sellars, on from the subs bench for Worksop, almost increased their lead still further, but after fumbling his save, Brunt clung onto the ball at the second attempt.
Inside the last two minutes, Andy Ofosu, who had entered the fray at the same time as Sellars, beat Brunt in a race for the ball, chipped it over him as the Steelmen's keeper air kicked and ran on to knock the ball into an empty net. Game over, though in effect, it probably had been since the 13th minute. 
I think by this point the Parkgate keeper had earned the right to give his AWOL defence a real bollocking.
FT: Worksop Town 4 v Parkgate 0