Rangers nick all three points from under Worksop’s nose.
Seven goals, a sending off and two penalties concluded an epic but disappointing day for the Tigers. Goals for Worksop came from Lee Hill, who was playing up top, before a brace from Mitch Husbands. However, these were cancelled out by a Josh Batty hat-trick and a Fraser Hansen goal to steal all three points back to Humberside. After all that there was more drama as goalscorer Hill received his marching orders with just under 10 minutes to play with what looked like dissent, after the sending off we saw a penalty for both sides in the space of several minutes.
A cagey first twenty minutes saw Worksop retain possession well but couldn’t carve open any clear cut chances, the best move in the opening stages for the Tigers came from a Lee Hill thrown-in into the feet of Mitch Husbands, his fabulous turn and cross inside the Rangers box couldn’t meet the toe of the on rushing players in-front of goal.
Several moments later Worksop keeper Jason Alexander’s long boot up field met the head of Hill, his flick on to the feet of Husbands created the first real chance for the Tigers, Husbands played a clever through ball into the path of Worksop midfielder Matty Overton however, he couldn’t convert the one on one past the keeper.
Worksop started to grow into the game, Tigers midfielder Jack Barnett gained the ball and switched flanks opening up the Hall Road defence, the resulting attack nearly produced the first goal as midfielder Charlie Baird curled a fantastic shot goalwards but his effort went wide of the mark. Seconds later the Tigers were on the attack again, Husbands held the ball up well deep inside the visitors box from a tight angle he produced another devastating cross which couldn’t meet full back James Milner at the back post.
Worksop took a deserved lead not long before the interval, an in-swinging corner from Milner and a Mitch Husbands header to the back post met Lee Hill and a tussle with the opposition keeper eventually saw the Hill prod home the first goal of the afternoon on the 38th minute.
The Tigers then went two up early into the second half, attacker Connor Higginson’s fine run opened some space on the right hand side of the Hall Road box, his ball across to Husbands was sublime and was followed by a composed turn from Husbands away from the defender matched by a cool finish, putting daylight between Worksop and our visitors.
Our visitors got themselves back into the game, after a world class save from Jason Alexander, Rangers had a second bite of the cherry with Fraser Hansen collecting the ball at the back stick and drilling the ball into the bottom left hand of the Worksop goal, a well taken finish just after the hour.
A lack of concentration from a Rangers corner proved costly for Worksop, a corner sent to the front post to Batty resulted in the forward wrapping his foot around the ball and diverting his effort into the bottom right hand side of the Tigers goal, creating a potentially epic finish to the game.
With just under ten minutes of the match to go the Tigers found themselves down to ten men. Worksop attacker Hill fouled the Hall Road winger down the left hand flank, seconds after the foul was given the man in authority brought Worksop manager Duncan Milligan and skipper Husbands over, had a few words then reached into his back pocket for a straight red, we couldn’t see the reason why but it was later confirmed the reasoning for the sending off was for dissent for a second time in as many games.
The comeback was complete with minutes to go, Batty got his brace after an out of this world curling effort which sailed into the top left hand corner of the goal.
What a finish to an up and down match, a long ball into the Rangers box to Barnett who was man handled to the ground resulting in the man in black pointing to the spot, Husbands picked the ball up and tucked away a cool finish to bring the game back onto level terms at 3-3.
Then more drama at the death, Baird seemed to have fouled the Rangers player in the Tigers box, the referee pointed to the spot for a second time, that man Batty bagged his hat-trick 12 yards out, his neat finish ensured that Rangers secured their much needed victory in their quest for survival.
Line up: Alexander, Robinson, Milner, Bownes, Gardner, Baird, Higginson (Holden), Barnett, Hill, Husbands (Capt), Overton (Mlynarski)
Unused subs: Fielding, Phillips Beaumont
Goals: Hill (38), Husbands (55, 89), Hansen (62), Batty (73, 84, 93)
Bookings: Bownes (58), Hill (red) (82)