Tigers frustrated not to take all three points in the Sandy Lane derby.
Worksop dominated the second half with wave after wave of attacks, but the resolute Handsworth defence kept the Tigers at bay. Worksop can take that dominating performance into the Thackley game on Tuesday.
The game started off with both sides struggling to retain possession. However, Handsworth almost drew first blood in the opening stages of the game. A failed clearance from the Tigers put the number 10 through on goal; his lobbed effort looped over goalkeeper David Reay but couldn’t find the target.
For the first half-hour of the game the play was generally in the Worksop half, however, the Tigers looked very dangerous on the counter-attack. A break of play just before the half-hour mark almost saw the Tigers get their noses in front. Worksop attacker Steve McDonnell’s devastating run down the left-hand side was matched with a terrific delivery just inside the Handsworth box, which fell to the feet of fellow striker Matthew Sykes. His snap-shot on the spin almost found the bottom right-hand side of the goal.
Following the half-time interval, Worksop came out of the traps hot, dominating possession and looking dangerous on the attack. A great ball into the box from Deegan Atherton caused all sorts of chaos in the Handsworth box. The attack came out to the edge of the box and a great ball through put ex-Handsworth player Lee Hill through on goal, his fierce strike hitting the midriff of the Handsworth goalkeeper.
Worksop continued to pile pressure on the Handsworth defence. Another great move down the right from Atherton caused havoc in the Parras box. The ball fell to striker Kyle Jordan, whose first touch was second-to-none; his swivel and shot on the spin almost found the target, however, his effort on goal went agonisingly over the bar.
Jordan proved to be a handful for the Handsworth defenders, particularly with 20 minutes to go, as an unbelievable through-ball put the attacker through one-on-one. However, he couldn’t get enough air on the ball to lob the Handsworth ‘keeper.
Line-up: D. Reay, Atherton, Hill, Pemberton, M. Reay, Wankiewicz, Woolley, Patterson (C), Sykes (Mitchell), Jordan (Ward), McDonnell (Brunt)
Unused subs: Trench, Royles
By Luke Atherton