Words: Devon Cash
Leek Town made it ten straight league wins with a 3-0 victory over Worksop Town at Harrison Park.
Tim Grice netted a double after Rob Stevenson opened the scoring after ten minutes, as the Blues maintained their impeccable home form which extended to nine wins and one draw in ten games.
The opening exchanges saw Worksop start the brighter of the two, as in the first ten minutes they held onto possession quite well.
However, it only took the league leaders one opportunity to open the scoring as on 13 minutes, Stevenson latched onto a through-ball from William Reeves before drilling the ball home at David Reay’s near post.
A minute later, Grice almost doubled the score-line as he looped over from Charlie Walford’s ball across the face of goal.
Grice did, however, convert his next chance as the forward out-muscled Deegan Atherton in order to make space in the area for a shot which rolled into the bottom corner, despite Reay getting a hand on the effort.
On the half-hour mark, Reay almost made it three as the ‘keeper’s punch, from Keenan’s cross, looped toward his own back stick where Max Pemberton raced back to punt the ball wide.
Worksop’s first effort fell to Steven Woolley whose free-kick whistled wide of the top left-hand corner, after Craig Mitchell was fouled heavily on the edge by William Reeves.
On the stroke of half-time, Steven McDonnell headed wide at the back post from Niall Smith’s dangerous cross from the left.
The second half was much flatter than the first and it made a poor spectacle for those in attendance, apart from the joyous Worksop Town supporters, who sung through the whole second period to encourage their side and enjoy their day out.
McDonnell had the half’s first chance: after a bullish run from the winger, he fired over from 25 yards.
Grice, in similar fashion to his first chance in the opening stage, then fired wide from Lewis Short’s cut-back.
Three minutes later, Grice bagged his brace as the talismanic forward rounded the ‘keeper before stroking the ball home from a tight angle to net his 23rd goal of the season.
On the hour, Grice then tested the goalkeeper once again as Reay saved the striker’s follow-up from point-blank range after the goalkeeper had spilt a previous effort.
Freddy Tracey then made his Tigers debut from the bench and although he had little to feed off, the forward looked sharp and left fans looking forward to his next appearance in amber and black.
Leek maintained their intensity in possession in order to keep their lead intact.
Stevenson struck an effort into the side netting before forcing Reay into an excellent save which saw the ‘keeper tip the Leek man’s curling effort onto the post before jumping up and saving again from Grice.
The final 15 minutes slowly counted away as the Tigers fans continued to belt out chants in support – a true credit to the club.
Worksop Town next welcome Sheffield FC to Sandy Lane on Saturday 1st February.
Goals: Stevenson (13’), Grice (24’, 56’)
Worksop Town: David Reay, Ben Rhodes, Niall Smith, Steven Woolley, Deegan Atherton, Max Pemberton, Daniel Patterson (C), Jack Brownell, Craig Mitchell (Connor Brunt), Steven McDonnell (Freddy Tracey), James Gregory
Unused Subs: Kyle Jordan, James Kay, Zac Walker.