Five star performance from the Tigers.
Worksop cruised to 5-0 victory against Staveley Miners Welfare on a chilly but sunny winter afternoon the home side outclassed the Trojans. Alec Denton returned from injury with a bang and got on the score sheet, Under 19’s player Igor Mlynarski scored a brace, Jack Holden continued his fantastic start for the club with his first goal and Charlie Baird put the cherry on the cake for the Tigers scoring the fifth with almost the last kick of the game.
Worksop gaffer Duncan Milligan set up with a traditional 4-4-2 formation. The blend of youngsters and experience provided the Tigers with a great balance of apprentice and teacher. Skipper Mitch Husbands caused problems again up front and Lee Hill came back into the squad after suffering a injury a few weeks ago.
It was an even first 10 minutes, until a slide rule pass from ex-Tiger Liam Greenfield found Kurtis Morley who seemed to have been fouled by two Worksop players in the box. However, the hero was goalkeeper Callum Fielding who comfortably saved a Morley penalty, sending the fans into a massive cheer behind the goal.
Mid-way through the first half the physical battle for both sides heightened, defender and Under 19’s Manager Jonathan Bownes made a crunching tackle on Greenfield which raised a few eyebrows when referee Lee Freeman waved play on.
Several minutes later talisman Alec Denton got onto the end of a great ball into his feet deep in the Staveley box, the danger man didn’t hesitate to rifle a beautiful finish past the visitors keeper Matthew Leese. Giving Milligan a perfect start to his second home game in charge.
Igor Mlynarski registered his first goal for the Tigers and what a goal it was, the under 19’s product collected the ball and weaved his way in and out of the Staveley right back, he matched his skill with a terrifying shot that beat the Welfare keeper to give Worksop an unassailable lead.
Mlynarski got his second of the game soon after, cutting inside with a clever run he beat the Miners keeper and finished his move off with tapping into an empty net to surely put the game to bed and keep the 100% record at home in the Milligan era.
The home side continued their dominance of the first half in the opening stages of the second half. Possession was dominated convincingly by the Tigers, Denton caused massive problems in the Staveley box, he shrugged off a Staveley defender to tee up Charlie Baird and his curling shot teased the bottom right hand corner of the visitors goal.
It was a great team effort for Worksop’s fourth goal, Bairds well drilled corner met the head of Lee Hill whose flick on fell into the path of exciting prospect Jack Holden who stabbed home the loose ball for 4-0.
After the fourth goal, Worksop continued to gaffer the possession. The Tigers were a rock at the back, most notably the returning Hill who was winning most headers and tackles that came his way.
It was 5-0 in the final minute, Tigers midfielder Baird ran through the Staveley defence like a knife through butter, he backed up the run by sliding the ball under the Staveley keeper to top off a comprehensive victory.
Line up: Fielding, Liversidge, Boyd, Holden, Bownes, Hill, Higginson (Smith), Baird, Denton (Dunbar), Husbands (Capt) (Blythe), Mlynarski
Unused subs: Alexander, Beaumont
Goals: Denton (25), Mlynarski (32,45) Holden (65), Baird (90)
By Luke Atherton