Stalemate in Humberside as Worksop walked away with a point.
A missed penalty from Steve McDonnell in the first half and a few chances in the dying stages prevented the Tigers from taking all three points. Barton Town could’ve nicked it in the second half but Worksop keeper David Reay made sure his clean sheet was kept intact with some important saves.
Worksop started off sluggishly and struggled to retain possession in the early stages. Barton piled early pressure on the Worksop defence, however, the Tigers back line stood strong to contain the Swans’ early attacks.
Worksop’s first chance of the game came in the 12th minute. A brilliant run from Steve McDonnell drew a foul inside the hosts’ box, defender Tom Waudby tripping the forward as he entered the area. McDonnell picked himself up to take the penalty, but unfortunately the big striker missed the target.
The side from Humberside almost took the lead on the half-hour mark. Danny Chambers was played through on goal and his slick skills took the ball around David Reay; however, the keeper stretched his leg out to save and the Tigers managed to steer the ball to safety.
The second half started in the same fashion as the first with Barton controlling possession, bombing forward with attacks. However, resolute defending from Worksop stopped the Swans from creating any clear-cut chances.
Despite the hosts dominating the second half, that man McDonnell was showing some real fighting spirit, coming in deep from attacking positions to collect the ball and try to galvanise a Worksop attack.
Worksop almost took the lead just after the hour mark. A lovely cross, from sub Connor Brunt, flew over Ben White’s head and skimmed across the top of the bar. The ball bounced back into play; Barton defender Matt Plummer collected the ball deep inside the Swans’ box and began to dribble out from the back, until McDonnell slid from behind to win the ball back, but the resultant effort on goal wasn’t as sweet as the tackle, the striker hitting the ball into the keeper’s midriff.
As we approached the last ten minutes, Barton should’ve got their noses in front. Winger Eddy Birch produced a fabulous cross that met the head of Waudby, and his header made ‘keeper Reay produce an amazing save to push the shot wide and keep the score at 0-0.
Another fantastic save followed from Reay moments later as Barton bombarded the Worksop defence. Swans defender Owen Marshall hit a fierce shot on goal which was matched again by a terrific save from the Tigers shot-stopper.
There was amazing drama in the dying stages of the game. A free-kick was pumped into Barton half and Worksop defender Lee Hill’s flick-on into the Barton box caused havoc as the ball pin-balled around in the box. The loose ball was met by the boot of sub Mark Robinson but the striker couldn’t find the target as his brilliant effort on goal went inches wide of the upright.
Worksop next face rivals Handsworth Parramore on Saturday 12th January at Sandy Lane.
Line-up: D. Reay, Atherton, Hill, Taylor, Wankiewicz, Pemberton, Price (C) (Jordan), Patterson, McDonnell (Robinson), Mitchell (Brunt), Woolley
Unused subs: Royles, Trench
Bookings: Price (29), Pemberton (63)
By Luke Atherton