Can we finish the season with a double?
Worksop Town face Liversedge FC at Doncaster Rovers’ Keepmoat Stadium in the NCEL League Cup final. The Tigers are looking for a double-winning season after taking the league title in style.
Worksop are currently on a winning run of a record-breaking 21 wins in a row. Hopefully, we can put on a good show on Monday evening as there should be a large number of Worksop fans taking the short trip up the A1.
Sedge’s route to the final:
Liversedge started their journey in fine fashion, cruising past Division One side Armthorpe Welfare 10-2 at home. The highlights of the match were hat-tricks from Joe Walton and Danny Farrar, after a brace from Adam Dennison and goals from ex-Tiger Rhys Davies and Jacob Buchanan, which secured a fourth-round spot for Liversedge.
That tie was at home against high-flying Penistone Church. Liversedge took victory with another comfortable result, winning 4-1. Aaron Fell opened proceedings in the fourth minute from the penalty spot, before Walton gained his second hat-trick in successive games in the NCEL League Cup. He doubled Liversedge’s advantage in the 20th minute, then got his second of the game in the 28th minute. Nathan Keightley got Penistone back in the tie with 26 minutes to go; however, Walton put the brakes on a possible comeback by scoring his third of the match in the 85th minute.
Sedge’s run from then on wouldn’t go as swimmingly as the first two games.
The next round was the quarter-final at home to Hallam. The tie went into extra-time as Liversedge won the game 3-2. Farrar opened the scoring in the 21st minute. Hallam levelled proceedings three minutes later courtesy of a Kieron Watson strike. Farrar grabbed his second of the game in the 75th minute, before a Tom Wilson strike in the 83rd minute sent the game into extra-time. Alfie Raw smashed home a great penalty on the stroke of the interval in extra-time to send the away side through.
Liversedge’s semi-final at home to Swallownest was a very tough and tight game, with the Sedge winning the tie 1-0. Farrar scored six in the three games that the Sedge have played in, scoring in every League Cup game, and the semi-final was no different, sending Liversedge to the Keepmoat with his 38th minute strike.
Despite reaching the final of the cup, Liversedge finished in 13th place in the league and lost three of their last four league games. During this period the club conceded eight goals, but scored ten. This shows that the West Yorkshire side shouldn’t be taken for granted as they do have goals in their arsenal.
Their last victory – their biggest one of the season – came at home to relegated Hall Road Rangers. A Tariq Richards hat-trick was the highlight of the game. A brace from Rilwan Olaoson and strikes from Walton, Red Bates, Tom Jackson and a Kane penalty secured all three points for the hosts as they won 9-1.
The penultimate game was a miserable afternoon for Liversedge, losing 4-0 at Barton Town. Thomas Waudby opened the scoring in the 15th minute. Jack Bunns doubled their lead in the 29th minute.
Alan Knaggs killed the game, scoring Barton’s third of the match in the 79th minute, before Gareth Barlow finished the scoring with two minutes to go. The last game of the season wasn’t great for Liversedge either, losing at home to Knaresborough 1-0 courtesy of a Conor Donoghue goal.
Players to watch:
He is a real danger man for Denton and the lads to watch out for – scoring in the reverse fixture at Sandy Lane. Farrar has only scored eight goals, but he has scored in every NCEL League Cup game, including a hat-trick in the third round. He has a keen eye for goal and will be handful in the final.
The talisman for Sedge, with an impressive 22 goals this season, is Joe Walton. He will be the biggest threat to the Worksop defence on Monday evening. Walton has scored 16 league goals and 6 goals in this competition, with back-to-back hat-tricks in the third and fourth rounds. Walton has also grabbed himself a brace on four occasions this campaign.
The former Tiger can be devastating on the wing. Worksop fans will remember the last minute strike from Davies in the last minute at Rainworth Miners Welfare – managed by Craig Denton at that time. Davies has scored five goals and his burst of pace is electrifying. Davies will give the Worksop defence a run for their money to try and get one over his former employers.
The Tigers top the head-to-head statistics, winning eight of the ten games played between the two. Worksop gaffer Craig Denton will be looking for form like this as we look to beat Liversedge for the third time this season.
It was a 4-1 away victory at the start of the campaign for Worksop Town at Liversedge. Mitchell Hamilton opened proceedings for the hosts in the 41st minute. Tomas Poole drew Worksop level in the 51st, before a Kyle Jordan hat-trick took the game by the scruff of the neck for the Tigers.
The reverse fixture was a tight affair, with Worksop winning 2-1. Craig Mitchell drew first blood for the Tigers in the 29th minute. A minute later, danger-man Farrar drew Liversedge level before top scorer Matthew Sykes struck the winner from the penalty spot in the 50th minute.
By Luke Atherton