Tigers came into this game on a wretched run without a win to face an in-form Hemsworth side enjoying 7th place in the NCEL Premiership table.
Will Sutton, Jack Holden and Igor Mlynarski came into the starting eleven replacing Jonathan Bownes, Jamie Robinson and the suspended Lee Hill from the home defeat to Hall Road Rangers at the weekend. Worksop came into the game with a slight tactical change and seemed to line up in a 4-4-1-1 formation with Conor Higginson just behind Mitch Husbands up top.
5 mins – Chance for Hemsworth
In foggy, damp conditions the first action of the game came after five minutes, goalkeeper Jason Alexander’s short goal-kick fell to Hemsworth’s Joe Taylor who ran in on goal but was thwarted by the big man between the sticks. This save was one of many terrific ones on the night and one of several the big keeper had to make after initial errors from goal-kicks or clearances he’d made seconds earlier.
13 mins – GOAL for the Tigers (0-1)
A well worked corner saw us take the lead in this game after Mitch Husbands found himself unmarked in the six yard box. Moments earlier the striker had caused problems down the left with a run and shot and this time the captain made the home side pay with a strong downward header from Conor Higginsons inviting corner-kick.
15 mins – GOAL for Hemsworth (1-1)
Just two minutes later Hemsworth responded, a quick attack that seemed to glide through the Tigers midfield and ended with Nash Connolly going through on goal and slotting home with his left foot to Alexander’s near post.
30 mins – GOAL for Hemsworth (2-1)
After a mazy run forward from Tigers’ James Milner nearly ended with a goal minutes before it was the home side who took the advantage in this tie on the half hour mark. A high deflected cross from the right squirmed up and found an un-marked Joe Taylor in the six yard box and the striker coolly headed in for Hemsworth.
38 mins – Chance for Worksop
Mitch Husbands continued his fine performance by creating another chance of his own just before half-time. The captain flicked the ball over his marker on the half-way line and ran in on goal, the striker cut inside to unleash his effort but it was just parried away for a corner.
HT: Hemsworth 2-1 Tigers
An half time change for Worksop as Jack Barnett, playing right back, comes off injured and is replaced by youngster Luke Black.
47 mins – Alexander saves twice
In the space of a few minutes keeper Jason Alexander kept our chances alive in this game with two terrific saves in quick succession. The home side came out with intent and Joe Taylor’s effort was saved brilliantly down to his right, another chance minutes later was foiled well by the big man with his feet, the whole ground was left appreciating his talents with the sound of applause.
70 mins – Hemsworth hit the post
Midfielder Sam Jones found space down the left and cut inside to unleash a powerful effort which smashed off the post past the diving Alexander, with the effect of floodlights on fog it was mainly the crashing sound of the woodwork spectators heard first.
74 mins – GOAL for Hemsworth (3-1)
The home side eventually found their opening after lots of chances and pressure. It was the dangerous Nash Connolly who grabbed a second, the attacker found his self in behind the back line again and scored a familiar goal to his first to set up an entertaining last 15 minutes of this game.
78 mins – GOAL for Hemsworth (4-1)
The Wells got a fourth just minutes after as they started to take their chances at long last, it was substitute Luke Danville finding himself unmarked in the box to head past Alexander from a corner-kick.
81 mins – GOAL for Hemsworth (5-1)
Nash Connollys crowning goal put the game beyond doubt, a low cross from the right found the number seven free in the box to tap home with ease for his hat-trick. Centre back Dan Gardner’s efforts to stop him ended in him leaving the field injured and the away side were down to ten men for the last knockouts of this gam
83 mins – GOAL for the Tigers (5-2)
Substitute and Under 19’s player Jamie Robinson tapped in at the back post to pull a goal back moments after Matty Overton had crashed one against the bar. It was another substitute in forward Joel Phillips positive running and square pass that set up Robinson for his first goal for the Club.
88 mins – GOAL for the Tigers (5-3)
Mitch Husbands was tripped in the box and the referee pointed to the spot to set up a frantic finish. The striker converted with an identical penalty to the one scored against Hall Road Rangers just days before, striking across the ball to the keepers left.
FT: Hemsworth 5-3 Tigers
STAR MAN – Jason Alexander
I wrestled with this one as conceding five goals makes it look a strange decision but the big man saved us what could have been more on the night. I could easily of chosen Mitch Husbands after another strong, skippers performance. Alexander stood strong and made some fantastic stops, gaining applause from the whole ground at one point, he continues to keep Callum Fielding out of the side with his commanding performances of late.
LINE-UP: Alexander, Barnett (Black), Gardner, Baird, Sutton, Mlynarski (Robinson), Holden, Overton, Milner (Phillips), Higginson, Husbands (C)
Un-used Subs: Fielding, Beaumont
GOALS: Connolly (15, 74, 81), Taylor (30), Danville (78) – Husbands (13, 88pen), Robinson (83)
ATT – 150
By Jake Brown.