Worksop Town earn their first three points back in the NPL with a 4-0 win over Wisbech Town.
It was five years ago that Worksop last played a home game in the NPL, against Frickley Athletic. Fast-forward to 2019 and the Tigers faced Wisbech Town, who were looking for a win after they lost to Leek Town on Saturday.
It was Worksop who had the first chance of the match through Niall Smith. A fantastic cross was sent into the box by full-back Deegan Atherton, but Smith’s downward header couldn’t beat Farrell in the Wisbech goal.
Just two minutes later Worksop were awarded a penalty after the referee blew for a foul on Smith. Andrew Gascoigne slotted the ball to the ‘keeper’s right, sending Farrell the wrong way to give the Tigers the lead.
Worksop doubled their advantage on 26 minutes courtesy of Craig Mitchell. Leon Mettam sent a fantastic ball over the Wisbech defence which Mitchell latched onto to volley into the net.
Worksop limited Wisbech to very few chances inside the opening 30 minutes, growing in confidence as time ticked away. Mettam had a chance of scoring the Tigers’ third goal of the night on 32 minutes. After a throw-in was taken by Atherton, Mettam got in behind the Wisbech defence and smashed a shot which was parried back into the box by Farrell. Luckily for Wisbech the rebound didn’t fall to a lurking Worksop player and the ball was cleared to safety.
It wasn’t until the 40th minute when Wisbech had their first chance of the match. Declan Rogers fired the ball high and wide of the goal, after he got himself into the box and in a good position.
The final chance of the half fell to Mettam. After good control, he hit a rasping drive that only just cleared the crossbar and stopped Worksop from extending their lead.
The referee then blew his whistle for half-time and the two teams went into the changing rooms with Worksop two goals up and looking good.
Nine minutes into the second-half, Mettam had another chance to grab Worksop’s third goal. Leon received the ball in the box with his back to goal, managing to turn and shoot, but the striker saw his effort go inches wide of the post.
A minute later Wisbech had two chances to claw a goal back. Firstly, David Reay had to make a good save from Jason Bradley and the ball went out for a corner. From that corner, the ball was headed onto the roof of the net and out to safety.
With 20 minutes left to play, Atherton was next to try his luck in front of goal. His effort was similar to Mettam’s earlier effort in that it just cleared the crossbar.
Worksop did eventually score their third goal of the night, courtesy of Max Pemberton. A mix-up in the Wisbech defence meant that Farrell could only find Mettam when trying to play the ball out. Leon rounded the ‘keeper and squared the ball to Pemberton, who smashed the ball into the net. He last scored for the Tigers back in October 2018 against Sheffield FC in the Sheffield Senior Cup!
Mettam finally got his well-deserved goal in the 87th minute. From close range he struck the ball with great power, and although Farrell got a hand to the shot he couldn’t keep it from finding the net.
A fantastic performance from Worksop, then, who now have lift-off in the NPL South East Division with their first three points. The Tigers sit 9th in the table and face old rivals Ilkeston Town next Saturday at the New Manor Ground.
Goals: Gascoigne (18’ pen), Mitchell (26’) Pemberton (77’), Mettam (87’).
Worksop Town: David Reay, Deegan Atherton, Niall Smith, Steve Woolley (C), Ben Rhodes, Steve Wankiewicz, Max Pemberton, Andrew Gascoigne (Lynton Karkach), Craig Mitchell (Kyle Jordan), Leon Mettam, Jed Phillips (Jack Brownell).
Unused subs: Connor Brunt, Matthew Templeton.
By Mitchell Radford.