Seven of the best for Worksop Town.
Worksop smashed third-placed Yorkshire Amateur at Sandy Lane. Craig Mitchell bagged himself a hat-trick, while a brace from sub Kyle Jordan and goals from Lynton Karkach and Steve McDonnell finished off the scoring for the Tigers in front of the biggest attendance in the league this season, a fantastic 656.
Worksop took an early lead in the 5th minute. Winger Matthew Sykes played a ball over to striker Mitchell, however right-back T’Nique Fishley couldn’t clear his lines and the ball rolled across the Yorkshire box where Karkach was the first to pounce, producing a lovely finish past the helpless keeper Surwa Bojang.
Worksop almost doubled the advantage with a wonder goal, as Mitchell collected the ball 30 yards out and used the wind to his advantage by trying to catch the shot-stopper off his line, but unfortunately Bojang managed to recover and catch the ball comfortably.
Yorkshire Amateur should have levelled the scoring five minutes later. Talisman Ashley Flynn was through on goal and the striker’s effort beat keeper David Reay but rebounded off the post and away to safety.
The Tigers made it 2-0 on the half-hour mark. A great delivery from a Steve Woolley corner into the box fell to Mitchell, who struck a devastating shot that rifled into the roof of the Amateur net.
Sykes was in the mix producing a fine piece of play for the third goal, switching the attack from the left over to McDonnell on the right, where the big attacker squared a lovely ball into the feet of Mitchell, who produced a sweet effort beating the Yorkshire shot-stopper to put the game out of sight by half-time.
Yorkshire Amateur enjoyed the first ten minutes of the second half, Flynn hitting a lovely effort on goal that was matched by a terrific save from Reay.
The Tigers should have made it 4-0 shortly after. Some great work off the ball from McDonnell resulted in the big attacker finding himself 10 yards in front of goal, however his effort couldn’t find the target.
There was another great chance for Worksop, as a lovely ball into the box from Sykes met the head of McDonnell who couldn’t get enough power on the header, and the ball fell into the middle of the Yorkshire box resulting in a goal-mouth scramble that was cleared away by the visitors.
Mitchell then got his third of the game. A lovely piece of play from Karkach on the edge of the Yorkshire box ended with an effort on goal which was saved by Bojang, however the ‘keeper fumbled the ball and Mitchell capitalised, tapping into an empty net.
McDonnell got himself on the scoresheet after a dazzling run down the right, and the big man cut inside and finished the move off with a lovely finish under the goalkeeper, making his day to go from bad to worse.
Late on there was another blunder from Bojang, as his misplaced pass fell to substitute Jordan and as the experienced striker got himself through on goal the hapless shot-stopper brought him down. Jordan picked himself up to slot a perfectly-executed penalty into the bottom-right-hand corner of the goal.
Jordan bagged himself a brace just a few minutes later for Worksop’s seventh and final goal of the match, a well-worked one which started off with a terrific ball across the Yorkshire box from McDonnell which found the feet of Jordan; his first touch was met with a terrific finish into the bottom-left-hand corner of the Amateur goal.
Line-up: D. Reay, Atherton, Hill, Woolley, Wankiewicz, M. Reay, Patterson (C), Mitchell (Jordan), Sykes (Ward), McDonnell, Karkach (Goodwin)
Unused subs: Pemberton, Jones
Goals: Karkach (5), Mitchell (29, 40, 75), McDonnell (81), Jordan (90 pen, 90+5)