Worksop Town 1-1 AFC Mansfield
Worksop Town and AFC Mansfield’s FA Vase journeys may have taken opposite turns at the weekend with the Tigers progressing whilst the Bulls crashed out of the competition, their fortunes were the same in the all-Nottinghamshire affair.
There was little between the two sides in the opening exchanges, although the Bulls had the chance to open their account with only a minute on the clock. The wall did its job to keep out Connor Smythe’s free-kick and it wasn’t until the half hour mark that the hosts or the visitors would threaten.
Smythe was involved once more and although his effort might not have been meant for the back of the net, it took the palms of Callum Fielding to keep out the left-back’s deflected delivery.
It was all the Tigers from there on. Jordan Hodder could have been an unlikely hero, looking to tap in Jack Barnett’s low cross from the left but denied by a cluster of red shirts on the goal-line.
Moments later, Jake Currie could have bagged his first goal since returning to the Tigers starting XI after a spell on the sidelines. The striker nodded an effort on target but Jason White’s point blank reaction denied Currie from opening his account for the evening, tipping the header over from just yards out.
Feeling the frustration of his earlier miss, Currie tried his luck from range with White off of his line, forcing a save from the shot-stopper.
It was Worksop Town who were soon thanking their lucky starts after Cameron Dear latched onto the rebound of a saved Phillip Buxton effort but the snapshot collided with the underside of the bar and somehow stayed out.
However, it wasn’t long before Mansfield came knocking again and this time, it was Craig Mitchell whose effort hit the upright and found the back of the net to make it 1-0 to the visitors.
Matty Templeton pulled on the amber and black stripes for the first time after the interval and could have made an instant impact, had it not been for a last ditch block on the line that prevented the latest addition from equalising.
But the Tigers‘ didn’t take long to respond and Steve Woolley needed only one chance to put the hosts back on level terms; the captain leading by example as his stunning set-piece finding the top corner.
The skipper is already well on his way to becoming a Tigers cult hero but fellow Worksop Town legends Chris Waddle and Kevin Scott granted him just that, with his strike worthy of the Man of the Match accolade.
Neither side could manage a breakthrough thereafter and the game finished as a well earned draw for both sides.
Worksop Town: Fielding, Hodder, Hill, Thompson (Husbands), Barnett (Templeton), Varley, Turner, Woolley, Currie, Higginson, Bishop
Goals: Mitchell (64’), Woolley (68’)