Words: Luke Atherton

Worksop Town’s inconsistency cost them again as they lost 2-0 to Newcastle Town at Sandy Lane.

An early penalty from Ryan McLean and a second-half header from Glover was the difference between the two sides.

Worksop had a nightmare start after giving away a penalty in the second minute. Newcastle Town midfielder McLean made a dangerous run into the Worksop box where Tigers skipper Deegan Atherton attempted to clear the ball but caught the man instead.

McLean picked himself up to calmly slot the ball past David Reay to give the Staffordshire side a dream start.

After the goal, the speed of the play slowed down, which was working in the favour of Newcastle. Worksop were looking for a quick reply, however the resolute defending from the Castle contained the Worksop attacks.

Despite the slow play, Worksop started to get into their stride and almost drew level just after the half-hour mark.

The move started down the right as Worksop winger Matthew Sykes picked out Jack Brownell, who subsequently played Steven McDonnell through. The forward was onside and in space, however Joseph Slinn rushed out and saved the attempt.

The visitors started the second half with the first real chance.

Newcastle started the play down the left-hand side. Midfielder Jack Van Der Laan played a lovely ball into the path of winger McLean, who rifled a strike on goal that was matched by a terrific save by goalkeeper Reay who tipped over.

Newcastle doubled their advantage just before the hour mark. McLean slipped past Sam Jones before seeing a whipped cross land onto the head of Glover, who steered his bullet header into the top right-hand corner.

Worksop struggled to carve out any clear-cut chances throughout the second half, despite dominating the play.

The visitors almost put the icing on the cake as centre-back Ben Rhodes’ miscued clearance fell to striker Kieran Brown, who hit his initial effort against the post before his follow-up was saved by the feet of Reay.

Worksop should have had a foothold back in the game when the ball fell to McDonnell at the back post, however what seemed a simple tap-in was was blocked wide for a corner.

Worksop almost grabbed themselves a wonder-strike at the end of the game. Winger Sykes hit a thunderbolt from 30 yards, his effort dipping over helpless Newcastle goalkeeper Slinn, however the effort smashed against the bar and away from the Castle box.

Newcastle saw the game out professionally to claim all three points.

Line-up: Reay, Karkach, Pemberton (Jones) Woolley, Atherton (C), Rhodes, Sykes, Brownell, Tracey (Brunt) McDonnell, Gregory (Templeton)

Unused subs: Jordan, Beaumont

Goals: McLean (2’) Glover (58’)

Attendance: 279

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