Penistone Church vs Worksop Town FC

December 30, 2017
Score: 1 - 1

Match Report

The Tigers faced Penistone for the second time during a seven day festive double-header and left with a point.

In difficult, windy conditions the visitors started the more brightly, Steve Woolley and Gareth Curtis linking well down the right culminating in a wonderful cross from the captain, Lee Hill managed to turn it home from 6 yards out to make it 1-0.

The early goal sprung the home side in to life and they began to stretch the Tigers back line, forcing full backs Steve Woolley and Jed Phillips further and further back.

Worksop, playing a 4-3-3 with 2 front wide men and a central striker, were trying to play the ball on the floor due to windy conditions and produced the occasional encouraging moment.

New goalkeeper Justin Greatorex was making an impressive debut having signed from Kettering during the week with Callum Fielding on holiday and Jason Alexander still injured, James Jepson came into the midfield and showed his composure on the ball, Lee Hill was great in the air once more and young Charlie Baird up front caused the Penistone centre-backs trouble all afternoon and could well have bagged his self a goal or two.

Moments after the goal, Penistone’s number 8 skipped through three challenges towards the box and saw his effort hit the post and crawl across the goal-line and eventually to safety for the away side.

The home side pressed for an equaliser and found it just after the half hour mark, talisman Nathan Keightley turned neatly on the edge of the box and fired a wonderful effort into the corner from an angle. The goal signaled the last taste of action for the first half.

The second half was pretty non-eventful by all accounts but for a few chances for both sides, Tigers keeper Greatorex showed his calibre by making some attempts on goal look a lot easier to keep out than they might have been.

Matty Templeton and Micah Bishop entered the action for the visitors but ‘Temps’ had to leave the action shortly after coming on having not shaken off a sickness bug, Higginson came on in his place and tested the keeper late on with a powerful effort from 20 yards out.

The game fizzled out soon after and both sides will be happy to take a point in the end.

By Jake Brown.

TIGERS XI: Greatorex, Woolley (C), Varley, Liversidge, Phillips (Bishop), Jepson, Hill, Husbands, Curtis, Burbeary (Templeton) (Higginson), Baird

GOALS: Hill (4), Keightley (32)


STAR MEN: Lee Hill, James Jepson, Steve Woolley & Charlie Baird