Words: Devon Cash
Worksop Town succumbed to their third straight defeat as they were beaten 2-0 by Sutton Coldfield Town at the Central Ground.
The Royals leapfrogged the Tigers into 14th place thanks to goals from Ryan Moore and Isai Marselia which claimed the win for Sutton, who were aided by a poor refereeing display which frustrated Worksop and saw them being reduced to ten men.
The opening stages saw a well-contested game played out on the 4g surface at Coles Lane. This allowed players such as Steven Woolley to get the ball down on the floor and play with a little more finesse.
The first major opportunity fell to the home side, as after high pressure from the Tigers, Joseph Evans slipped the ball through to Marselia, who took the ball into his stride but saw his drilled effort saved well by Reay.
Moments later, in a similar move, Marselia was found clean through on goal, however Reay came out on top yet again.
Worksop countered from that previous attempt as Steven McDonnell carried the ball past his marker before rifling the ball into the side-netting in an attempt to squeeze it in at the near post.
Craig Mitchell then went close on 27 minutes as he volleyed a powerful effort wide of the target from a James Gregory headed set-up – Mitchell is now without a goal in seven games.
On the half-hour mark, Worksop almost gifted Sutton the lead as a mistake from Reay allowed Marselia to have a free effort at goal, which he curled agonisingly wide of the far post.
Ultimately, Worksop were again left to rue missing the opportunities they had when they were on top, as on 38 minutes Sutton took the lead.
Deegan Atherton gave away a silly foul around 30 yards from the target. Moore stepped up and struck the free-kick with power and conviction, which saw the ball dip into the top left corner and left Reay rooted to the spot.
Much like the second goal in Saturday’s heavy defeat to Sheffield FC, this goal seemed to deflate the Tigers and they went into the break behind.
Their heads sunk even further seven minutes after the restart as the hosts made it two.
Moore accelerated into the area before he pulled the ball back into the feet of Ryan Leek, whose effort was superbly saved by Reay; however, Maselia was there to roll the ball across the face of goal and into the far bottom corner.
On the hour mark, Atherton made a brave block to deny a ferocious effort from Leek after a good spell of possession from the Royals.
The next ten minutes were hectic and controversial.
Firstly, McDonnell had a questionable foul go against him as he shrugged off James Mutton in order to dink the ball over the ‘keeper and into the back of the net.
Steven Wankiewicz then saw red after a case of mistaken identity, as the referee initially sent Atherton off after the ball struck the back of the man in authority while he tended to another situation.
The fixture slowly petered out from that moment; Worksop were exasperated.
The Tigers next welcome Chasetown to Sandy Lane on Saturday as they look for their first win in four.
Goals: Moore (38’), Marselia (52’)
Worksop Town: David Reay, Ben Rhodes, Max Pemberton, Steven Woolley, Deegan Atherton, Steven Wankiewicz, Daniel Patterson (C), Jack Brownell (Freddy Tracey), Craig Mitchell (Lynton Karkach), Steven McDonnell (Connor Brunt), James Gregory
Unused Subs: Christian Beaumont, Zac Walker