Worksop Town FC vs Stocksbridge Park Steels

October 11, 2017
Score: 2 - 3

Match Report

Stocksbridge stunned the Tigers with a late double at Sandy Lane.

A brace from Joe Lumsden and a goal from sub Ben Rhodes was enough to beat 10 man Worksop. An early goal from Alec Denton put the hosts ahead after 4 minutes before a late extra-time goal from Matty Thompson looked to give the Tigers a first round victory.

It was looking all good for the victory until defender Matthew Varley received an early bath due to two yellow cards, proving to be the turning point of the game as the visitors second equaliser came straight from the set piece conceded by Varley.

Worksop hit the ground running in the 4th minute, Denton was played through on goal and the striker’s clever finish from the angle gave the Tigers the start they needed.

Our visitors almost got an equaliser ten minutes later, a flick on from a corner met Joe Lumsden who was unmarked at the back post, however, his header smashed against the frame of the goal and away to safety.

The steels continued their pressure on the Worksop goal and it finally paid off, Lumsden was in the mix of things yet again and this time his weak shot rolled over Worksop keeper Jason Alexander and into the Tigers net.

The second half was a one sided affair with Stocksbridge having a hatful of chances to put the game beyond sight, Tigers keeper Alexander made some fantastic saves to take the game into extra time at one each.

The big keeper then made two terrific saves in the space of several minutes, the first was a through ball into the path of Lumsden, whose effort on goal was palmed away by the on-rushing Alexander.

The second attempt moments after was a similar move from the Steels, the keeper was quick off his line again and made himself big before producing an unbelievable save to deny the Yorkshire side once more.

The second half of extra-time came and Worksop sprung into life, they looked more dangerous on the ball after a succession of substitutes gave us fresh legs in key areas.

The game was judged to have been effectively over with five minutes to go, sub Michael Trench put an unbelievable ball into Thompson whose shot hit the keeper, the ball fell back into the midfielder’s path who poked the ball into the back of the net to put the Tigers 2-1 up.

That looked like the end of proceedings until Matt Varley mis-timed a challenge on the edge of the box in front of the referee, giving the man in authority no choice but to hand the defender a second yellow.

This proved pivotal in the game, the resulting free kick came into the box and a goal mouth scramble ensued, the panic left Rhodes to tuck away the equaliser with a minute to go of extra time in extra time.

The visitors then piled forward once more to take the tie away from Worksop from right under their noses. Lumsden latched onto a through ball and went clean through, the striker’s brilliant burst of pace was matched by his finish to send Stocksbridge into the second round of the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup and knock us out at the first round.

Line up: Alexander, Hodder, Phillips, Hill, Varley, Wankiewicz, Davies (Trench), Barnett (capt) (Jepson), Denton, Turner (Thompson), Bishop

Unused subs: Higginson,

Goals: Denton (4), Lumsden (25, 120+4), Thompson (125), Rhodes (120+2)

Bookings: Wankiewicz (60), Coleman (75), Barnett (89),Varley (108, 128), Reay (125)