Words: Luke Atherton
Worksop Town put an end to three successive defeats with a 3-1 victory over Chasetown at Sandy Lane.
Winger Lynton Karkach opened the scoring from a goalmouth scramble, before the visitors replied moments later. Steven McDonnell put the Tigers back ahead instantly, but had to wait until the end of the game to seal his brace.
Worksop started the game very brightly, and were rewarded for their efforts in the 11th minute.
After a lovely passage of play through the middle of the park, the ball fell to Karkach who hit his effort towards goal, which somehow bobbled between the ‘keeper and a sliding challenge.
After the goal, Worksop’s nerves were settled, but not for long as the visitors got themselves back onto level terms.
Chasetown carved out their first chance of the game and took it in fine fashion. The Scholars’ striker George Cater out-muscled centre-back Deegan Atherton in order to latch onto a loose ball, and matched his strength with a great finish past Worksop goalkeeper Dave Reay.
The reaction from the Tigers was impeccable as a minute later, they reinstated their advantage. Freddie Tracey, who made his first start for the Tigers, headed the ball into the path of McDonnell, who unleashed a lovely finish into the bottom left-hand corner.
Heading towards the closing stages of the first half, Chasetown almost got their second equaliser of the afternoon. A mix-up in the Worksop defence put through striker Cater, whose floated attempt over Reay was calmly claimed by the ‘keeper.
The second half started with the backs against the wall from a Worksop perspective. Chasetown came out of the traps running and applied large amounts of pressure that the Worksop defence embraced with both hands.
The pressure continued from the Scholars and they almost levelled the scoring on the hour mark. The visitors started the attack down the right-hand side, and the ball landed to Chasetown midfielder Jack Langston who rifled a devastating effort that went wide of the target.
As the second half continued, Chasetown battled to carve out an equalising goal. The Worksop defence limited the Scholars’ attacking attempts to half-hearted chances.
The pressure almost paid off for the visitors. Daniel Cocks whipped a delightful ball to the back post where fellow winger Michael O’Reilly steered his header past Reay, only for midfielder Max Pemberton to clear the ball off the line and away from danger.
Worksop soaked up that pressure and showed a resilience which we hadn’t seen for a few weeks, before adding to their advantage with three minutes of normal time to play.
A delightful through-ball by Pemberton found the feet of McDonnell, whose first touch and run towards goal was sublime, following this by tucking his shot under Curtis Pond to put the game to bed.
Line-up: Reay, Jones, Pemberton, Woolley, Atherton (C), Rhodes, Karkach (Brunt), Brownell, Tracey (Templeton) McDonnell, Gregory (Mitchell)
Unused subs: Jordan, Wankiewicz
Goals: Karkach (11’), McDonnell (20’, 87’); Cater (19’)