In the first return fixture of the NCEL season it was Worksop that again overcame their opponents Goole.
The visitors came into the game with new players and new management but found the Tigers made of stern stuff and it was two bits of individual quality at the other end that won the day.
It was Goole who had the first two half chances in this one, firstly Lee Elam dragged his shot wide on the edge of the box and shortly after Steven Jeffs’ low effort from range left everyone holding their breath as it creeped just past the far post.
Then on the ninth minute it was Matt Sykes who gave the Tigers the lead. The midfielder seems he’s in competition with team-mate Steve Woolley for scoring spectacular goals and this one was no different. Playing just behind a front three Sykes found himself unmarked on the edge of the box after a corner routine, he flicked the ball neatly over the on rushing defender’s tackle and smacked a left foot volley straight into the right hand corner giving the keeper no chance.
The goal gave the home side confidence, nine minutes later a delightful move forward deserved another goal. It culminated with Trench’s ball into Moxam, a lay-off to Sykes in a wide position and his fierce cross across the six yard box met the stretching Craig Mitchell who couldn’t quite direct goalwards.
The away side were struggling to create any chances of their own and the nearest they came after some early scares was Worksop defender Charlie Taylor skewing a cross towards his own goal but Dave Reay gathered well.
In the second half Goole came out with intent, Steven Jeff’s free kick was heading in but for the Tigers wall deflecting it on to the roof of the net, the subsequent corner was then cleared off the line by Michael Trench guarding the post.
Just after the hour mark Denton’s usual double substitution saw the arrival of new man Steve McDonnell and Tomas Poole for Moxam and Jordan.
The next few moments saw Sandy Lane come together in rapturous applause, Matt Sykes took the ball under pressure and bypassed three Goole midfielders with incredible ease in Zidane-esque style.
Chances for both sides were at a minimum during the second half, Dave Reay coping with all efforts that came his way rather comfortably. As the away side were pushing forward in numbers for an equaliser it was the Tigers who countered to grab a decisive second.
A ball through to Connor Brunt and no offside flag saw the substitute go clear on goal with just the keeper to beat, he coolly rounded the keeper and slotted home to kill the game and secure another important three points for Worksop.
TEAM: Reay, Woolley, Trench, Taylor, Reay, Patterson (C), Pemberton, Sykes, Moxam (Poole), Jordan (McDonell), Mitchell (Brunt)
SUBS NOT USED: Wankiewicz, Wilson
GOALS: Sykes (9), Brunt (90)