Worksop Town Ladies kicked off this year with a triumphant 7-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday Ladies Reserves. 

The Tigresses got off to a good start as they took the lead inside ten minutes. 

A mis-hit shot from Carly Rowlands worked in her favour as the ball rolled under the dive of the opposing ‘keeper and into the back of the net. 

Carly bagged her brace when she latched onto a Leah Hardy through-ball, from which the forward produced a thunderous strike from 22 yards out which rocketed into the top right-hand corner. 

Hardy got amongst the goals herself as she added a third to the scoreline. The prolific striker was on hand to divert Lisha Pearson’s pinpoint free-kick past the ‘keeper and into the back of the net. 

Hayley Hirst added a fourth with five minutes of the first half to go, which was followed by two quick-fire strikes to make sure the Owls were dead and buried going into the break. 

Hardy showed her goal-scoring prowess as she kept her nerve by knocking the ball through her marker’s legs before drilling the ball past the ‘keeper. 

Hardy then went from scorer to provider as her corner was converted by the head of Abbie Lister. 

The second half didn’t see as many goals as the first, however, the Tigers still oozed class and showed the professional side to their style. 

Hardy completed her hat-trick, which was her 19th goal of the season, before the Owls got a consolation goal from the penalty spot. 

This win meant the Tigresses moved up to sixth place with a number of games in hand. 

Manager Rob Hardy was full of praise for his team after an emphatic first-half performance. 

“After a Christmas break, we didn’t know what to expect really. 

“We came flying out of the gates and produced some fantastic football where we created lots of chances, despite only having a squad of 12. 

“The second period was scrappy. We kept switching the team around in the second half to preserve energy. 

“Due to not having a game for over three weeks, our fitness and concentration levels dropped in the second 45 minutes but overall I was happy with the performance.” 

Next Sunday, the Ladies face Mexborough Athletic Ladies at Sandy Lane in the Women’s Shield Quarter-Finals. 

He continued, “We knocked a few cobwebs off today, so with a proper training session on Thursday we will get our fitness levels back up ready for the next two cup games.” 

Worksop found out that they will be taking on Huddersfield Town Development in the County Cup after they beat Oughtibridge in a penalty shoot-out. 

This game will take place on Sunday 20th January at Sandy Lane. 

Hardy added, “I would have been happy with either team in the next round. 

“This gives us the chance to avenge the 8-2 defeat in the early rounds last season. We only had a bare eleven that day with a few key players missing. 

“We are a lot stronger now so hopefully we will give Huddersfield a good game.” 

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