Pickering Town 5-1 Worksop Town
Worksop went very close early on in the game. Igor Mlynarski, who had previously scored three goals in two games, saw his cross deflect goalwards by Tilsley but keeper Charlie Andrew made sure that the ball didn’t sneak into the near post and palmed it wide. Following the corner, Mitch Husbands rose highest and glanced his header across goal and wide.
Three minutes later, the hosts opened the scoring. Ryan Blott had a freekick central of the area. Blott hit his freekick over the wall and past Callum Fielding.
Worksop had another sniff at goal following a great interchange of passes between Michael Trench and Igor Mlynarski. Trench quickly changed direction and fired towards goal which subsequently was blocked by Bissett.
Pickering almost doubled the lead a minute after the opener. Danby worked his way into the middle of the park from left wing and laid it off to Logan. The Pikes number 10 shot across goal and inches away from finding the bottom corner.
Pickering did double the lead though twenty minutes into the game. Lee Hill closed down and tackled scorer Ryan Blott from shooting at goal., however, his strike partner Billy Logan latched onto the ball and slotted the ball past an outrushing Callum Fielding for 2-0.
Callum Fielding then made two good saves in quick succession to keep out Billy Logan. Firstly, Logan nicked the ball off Hill when the Worksop defender attempted to shield the ball out of play. The striker raced towards goal but Fielding matched him and saved with an outstretched arm. Then Logan found himself one-on-one with the youngster but, once again, Worksop’s number one came out on top and adducted his arms to stop Logan from sliding it past him.
Joe Danby put the home side further in front late into the first half. Danby had a chance to show his talents from a set-piece like team mate Blott. He curled his effort around the wall and towards the top right-hand corner, Fielding got a hand to the well placed freekick but the ball still nestled into the net.
Charlie Baird squandered a glorious chance to score for the Tigers. Baird impressively out-strengthened and dribbled past three players before scuffing his shot straight into the hands of Charlie Andrew.
The halftime whistle went and the Tigers needed a miracle to get anything out of the game in the second half.
Jack Holden was inches away from scoring. Mitch Husbands’ constant pressure paid off when he intercepted Turnbull’s pass, Mitch played it down the right channel for Luke Black who sent an inviting ball to the back post where Holden couldn’t arrive quick enough and the chance came to nothing.
Pickering put the game beyond doubt eight minutes after the restart. Callum Fielding parried substitute George Eustance’s shot into the path of Ryan Blott and the profilic striker passed the ball into an open net.
Several minutes later, Worksop Town pulled a goal back. Firstly Smiths cross was cleared into the air by a defender, Holden cleverly looped his header over the keeper but Andrew managed to backtrack and tip it over. Following the corner, Lee Hill darted towards the front post and connected with Black’s cross, Andrews made a great close ranged save before Harry Dunbar stabbed the ball into the roof of the net.
However, before the Tigers could muster up any unlikely comeback, Pickering restored their four goal advantage five minutes later. Brad Freer slalomed his way into the box before chipping the ball towards the back-post where Billy Logan headed home the final nail in the Amber and Black coffin.
Things got worse for the Tigers as they were reduced to ten men with twenty minutes to go. Lee Hill was the culprit of the dismissal after producing an offensive gesture to the home bench after an outburst from that direction.
Ryan Blott was denied his hat-trick thanks to an incredible save from Callum Fielding. Similarly to Pickering’s fifth goal of the day, Billy Logan chipped the ball across the box for Blott and he powered the header towards goal but Fielding got across and pushed the chance onto the post and away from danger.
The full-time whistle went and to worsen the blow for Worksop an official misjudged who Trench had said something too and showed the leftback, who had just returned from suspension, a red card.
A disappointing day out for the Tigers who next travel to Hemsworth Miners Welfare on Saturday the 3rd of March.
Goals: Blott (6’, 53’), Logan (20’, 62’), Danby (37’); Dunbar (57’)
Lineup: Fielding, Lysons, Trench (s/o 90), Holden, Boyd, Hill (s/o 70), Black, Baird, Denton (Dunbar), Husbands, Mlynarski (Smith)
Unused Subs: Beaumont, Blythe
By Devon Louis Cash.