Worksop Town suffered their first defeat of the season ina  0-1 loss to second-placed Brunsmeer Reds.

Town started the game slowly and struggled to enforce their passing style of play in the early part of the first half.

Brunsmeer took the lead mid-way through the first half when they won a corner on the left, and a free header 12 yards out gave Hobson no chance in goal.

Town were forced into an early change, with Moore replaced by Saxby at left-back.

As the half progressed, Town started to put their game together and they finished it much the stronger team, with numerous chances created from the wide areas by Stocks and Rattenbury which Town should have gambled on to level the score.

Further chances came for Town, Buckingham with a shot which just went past the right post, and a one-on-one which for a heavier touch would have created a chance 12 yards out.

Brunsmeer’s only other real chance of the half was a shot which Hobson pushed over the bar.

Town were much more dominant in the second half and moved the ball much more quickly, resulting in more opportunities.

Great through balls from Hannan and Ling provided Fretwell and Buckingham with great chances; Fretwell did well to dink around the Brunsmeer keeper, only for the covering defender to make a great clearance near the post to force the ball out for the corner, and Hannan’s ball provided Buckingham with a second one-on-one but the strike pushed past the post.

Again Stocks and Rattenbury were Impressive in the second half, beating the full-backs at will and delivering balls into the box, which again Town failed to capitalise on.

Brunsmeer, playing on the long ball breakaway, created a chance on goal which was acrobatically cleared off the line by Willis.

Jones then had a good effort from distance which just went over the bar.

Brunsmeer were restricted to few chances in the second half as Town chased the equaliser.

It was game of good endeavour from Town, but with a bit a more composure and quality in front of goal they could have collected the three points.

By Jon Ling

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