Words: Devon Cash
A strong second-half performance from the Tigers helped them beat Chasetown FC 2-0 at the Scholars Ground.
In a game that survived the postponement surge amid the COVID-19 outbreak, Chasetown were left to rue their missed chances as Worksop were efficient and put their bodies on the line to claim their first win after four straight defeats.
The home side had the game’s opening chance in the sixth minute. James O’Neill dispatched an excellent ball over the top for Liam Kirton who managed to cut the ball back to William Whieldon, whose effort went hopelessly over the bar.
Moments later, Alex Melbourne made a fantastic run down the left-hand side where he glided through the Worksop backline before seeing his effort held down low by David Reay.
On the half-hour mark, Worksop had their only chance of the first half, as Steven McDonnell managed to flick the ball towards goal from Max Pemberton’s long throw, however Curtis Pond was on hand to pounce on the ball before Ben Rhodes could finish.
Reay then made another excellent save as the Worksop number one managed to push George Carter’s low driven effort wide of the bottom left.
Kirton and Oliver Hayward then both wasted efforts before an uneventful half came to a close.
The early introduction of Aaron Sennett-Neilson, who replaced James Gregory after 32 minutes, had a positive impact on the Tigers’ influence in the game. His presence on the left managed to stretch the back four of Chasetown and within the opening three minutes of the second period, the Under-21s graduate opened the scoring.
A perfectly executed cross-field ball from McDonnell found the feet of Sennett-Neilson, who brought the ball down before carrying it towards the edge of the area. The winger sharply cut inside the body of Craig Deakin before drilling the ball into the goalkeeper’s left-hand corner.
Chasetown then missed a golden opportunity to equalise just ten minutes later, as after Reay and Carter had clashed on the edge of the area, the ball popped up and into the path of Whieldon who side-footed the ball towards an empty goal, however the effort had too much weight on it and it landed on the roof of the goal.
However, on the hour, Worksop netted a second thanks to the sheer determination of McDonnell. Melbourne attempted to usher a ball down the line which seemed to be a lost cause, however McDonnell chased it down and hooked the ball back into play on the slide. The winger jumped up and crossed the ball into the middle where Craig Mitchell was in the right place to power a header past Pond.
The Tigers almost made it three when Pond rushed off his line and mis-hit a clearance into the path of McDonnell, who struck an effort from almost halfway which was bouncing in until Deakin managed to race back in time to clear the ball away on the line.
The Scholars nearly got back into the game on 72 minutes as Cater connected with a pinpoint Hayward cross, however Reay made a superb reaction save to stop the volley before Pemberton managed to block the follow-up effort.
Worksop continued their battling performance in order to frustrate Chasetown and hand the Scholars their tenth home league defeat of the season.
Goals: Sennett-Neilson (48’), Mitchell (60’)
Worksop Town: Reay, Rhodes (Sykes), Woolley, Pemberton, Atherton, Wankiewicz, McDonnell, Brownell, Mitchell (Tracey), Brunt, Gregory (Sennett-Neilson)
Unused Subs: Karkach, Holland