Words: Devon Cash
Joel Cousins’ treble helped Worksop Town to a 4-2 “Bassetlaw Derby” win over Retford United at Cannon Park.
The Tigers hadn’t played a game for over a month: however, by the performance displayed, you wouldn’t have guessed that, as Ryan Hall’s side maintained their 100% start with four wins from four.
In fact, it only took four minutes for them to open the scoring. Aaron Sennett-Nielsen drilled the ball into the feet of Isaac Darien, who set himself before dragging the ball across the body of Thomas Kay and into the bottom corner.
A minute later, Darien was denied his second as his looping header was held by the out-stretched Kay.
However, their lead only lasted five minutes as Brandon Lee arrived in the middle to fire Callum Amendola’s cross past Zac Walker in between the sticks.
Worksop went back ahead through Jordan Cousins, who stroked a lovely cushioned volley into the bottom corner from Sennett-Nielsen’s pinpoint cross.
On the half-hour mark, Worksop made it 3-1 as high pressing from Alister Haydock meant the forward was allowed to rob possession from Wheeler, before taking the ball towards the byline and checking back. Haydock then picked out Cousins at the back stick, whose first touch took him past the ‘keeper, allowing the winger to slot into an empty net.
Walker, who made a string of fantastic saves on the night, was on hand to block a volley from Lee before superbly tipping George White’s curling attempt wide of his far corner.
Darien then pulled wide from a Haydock cut-back before Sennett-Nielsen bent the ball into the side-netting from Callum Riley’s corner.
Worksop almost started the second period like the first, however Haydock saw his effort from Sennett-Nielsen’s driven cross loop over the ‘keeper but onto the frame of goal.
United managed to pull another goal back nine minutes after the restart. Lee’s persistency on the left allowed the winger to make space on the edge, where he cut in and struck an effort towards the bottom corner which managed to squeeze in past Walker.
On the hour mark, Kay kept his side in the contest with a tremendous double save. Firstly, the ‘keeper got down to get a strong hand to Darien’s effort across the face of goal. The ball rolled into the path of Cousins who struck the attempt first time, but Kay was up and ready to deflect the follow-up over the top.
Cousins bagged his hat-trick with just over twenty minutes to go. Sennett-Nielsen provided a cross towards the back post where Cousins drilled an effort across the face of goal and into the bottom corner.
Walker made another two great saves to thwart Harry Hargreaves and Oliver Ashwell in order for the Tigers to see out the victory.
The win sees the Tigers sit in fifth and only nine points off the table-toppers Handsworth FC, with six games in hand over the Ambers.
Worksop Town: Zac Walker, Callum Riley (Liam Smart), Regan Watkinson (Cameron Hunt), Jack Morton, Sam Kirk, Ziah McClaren, Aaron Sennett-Nielsen, Bobby Thompson (C)(Warrick Wood), Issac Darien, Alister Haydock (Owen Ryan), Joel Cousins (Finley Barker)