Lonchar inspires a fantastic second-half performance from the Tigers.
After a goalless first-half, Jordan Lonchar was introduced to the Sandy Lane turf for the first time and he certainly made an impression as he netted a hat-trick and set up another for an emphatic victory.
Hallam opened the chances in the early moments. Ziah McClaren’s miscued clearance fell to the feet of Ballard whose cross was headed poorly wide by Jake Thompson.
Jack Charlesworth then saw an opportunity from thirty yards, which was hard, low, and difficult for the keeper, spilt by Oliver Barnes however, Jonty Manning cleared the ball before Delello could pounce.
A quarter into the game, Jack Charlesworth sprayed the ball out to the right where Jay Evison whipped a lovely ball into middle for Alfie Dodsworth who headed the cross back across goal and narrowly wide.
Skipper Alfie Smith then saw a glancing header, from a Charlesworth corner, cleared off the line by Rickers who was in the right place at the right time.
Maasai Dearlove was the closest out of the two sides to take the lead. Dearlove powered through the Tigers back-line but saw his rifled effort superbly pushed wide of the upright by James Gamble.
With five minutes to go until the break, Sam Jones’ mazy run ended with Liam Smart heading just over the bar.
The half-time whistle sounded with both teams even.
The first chance of the second period fell to the Tigers. Ryan Delello did brilliantly to keep the ball in-play before picking out Liam Smart at the back post, but the wing-back scuffed his shot wide.
Hallam almost got their noses in front after a mistake from the Tigers. Jack Charlesworth misjudged a pass back to Gamble which set Dearlove free on goal. The forward took it past the ‘keeper but saw his attempt bravely headed off the line by Alfie Smith.
On the hour mark, debutant Jordan Lonchar tried his luck, from twenty-five yards, which was well held by the ‘keeper.
Moments later, Jack Shaw switched the ball to Deegan Atherton who swung in a dangerous cross towards the centre which was unfortunately volleyed over by Lonchar.
The Tigers finally broke down Hallam to open the scoring. Jordan Lonchar slipped Dodsworth through on goal and the keeper rushed out, but spilt the ball back to the number ten who skilfully back-heeled it for Lonchar who easily stroked home his first goal in Amber and Black.
Hallam almost replied straight away. Matt Barrow sent Harry Warnock through on goal, but the winger poorly volleyed high and wide.
The Tigers doubled their lead ten minutes later. The ball bobbled into the box and a mix up between the ‘keeper and his defender allowed Lonchar to nick the ball and smash home his second of the night.
And minutes later, the Tigers finished the job and added a third. Alfie Dodsworth slipped his new strike partner Jordan Lonchar goal-bound. Lonchar kept composed and perfectly fired his shot across Barnes and in off the post. A fantastic first impression from the new signing.
The Tigers hammered the final nail into the coffin as they added another in injury time. Jordan Lonchar received a corner short and proceeded to advance along the byline and towards goal. Lonchar pulled the ball back to Alfie Smith who cool tapped into an empty goal.
An emphatic win for the Under 19s who welcome Swallownest FC to Sandy Lane next Thursday (17th January).
Goals: Lonchar (70’, 81’, 86’), Smith (90+3’)
Worksop Town U19s: James Gamble, Sam Jones, Liam Smart (Isaac Darien), Ziah McClaren, Alfie Smith, Deegan Atherton, Jay Evison (Regan Watkinson), Jack Charlesworth (Bobby Thompson), Ryan Delello (Jordan Lonchar), Alfie Dodsworth, Jack Shaw