Worksop Town went into the game on Saturday against Frickley Athletic looking for a reaction from the 2-1 defeat to Ilkeston Town just two days previously.
Worksop started on the front foot and had a chance to take the lead four minutes in. Leon Mettam played the ball to Niall Smith, who burst into the box, but his shot was blocked by a Frickley defender and the ball went out for a corner. The corner, unfortunately, came to nothing for the Tigers as Frickley cleared with ease.
Eleven minutes into the game, Jack McMenemy curled an effort for Frickley but David Reay was equal to the shot and held the ball comfortably.
It was the turn of ex-Worksop striker Jake Currie to have the next effort on goal. Reay had to make a fingertip save to Currie’s attempted lob to keep the scores level.
McMenemy once again tried his luck on the Worksop goal, this time from close range, but once again Reay made the save and kept the former Bottesford striker at bay.
With five minutes remaining of the first half, Currie was slipped in by a Frickley teammate and slotted the ball into the net at the near post. It is the first time Jake has played against Worksop since leaving, and he marked it with a goal.
That was the last real chance of the first half and the two teams went into the changing rooms with Frickley winning by a goal to nil.
Into the second half, and captain Steve Woolley had a free-kick in a dangerous position for the Tigers; unfortunately his effort didn’t trouble Jackson in the Frickley net and it sailed over the bar.
A turning point in the match came in the 51st minute. After just coming on, Ben Bodle was sent off for Frickley for a challenge on Leon Mettam when Bodle was the last man. The referee had no choice but to brandish the red card, and he initially gave a penalty as the foul looked like it was inside the area. After consulting with the assistant referee, a free-kick was awarded right on the edge. Andrew Gascoigne tried his luck but the effort was blocked by the wall.
With just under 25 minutes to go, Max Pemberton had a header for Worksop that crashed against the top of the crossbar and out to safety. It was a real let-off for Frickley, as the Tigers were growing into the game at this point.
Worksop got their equaliser in the 80th minute. The two substitutions, Kyle Jordan and Lynton Karkach, combined and allowed Karkach to drill the ball into the net past Jackson after a lay-off by Jordan.
Just like buses, you wait ages for a goal and then two come along at once… Worksop scored what proved to be the winner just six minutes later. Matthew Reay got his second goal in as many games with a bullet header from a Woolley corner.
The referee blew his whistle not long after and the Worksop faithful and players celebrated together over the hard-fought win at Westfield Lane. In scorching hot conditions, the Tigers battled well and eventually got their reward.
The Tigers have moved up into 7th in the NPL South East Division Table. We now move onto Kidsgrove Athletic at Sandy Lane next Saturday, with a 3pm kick-off.
Goals: Currie (40’); Karkach (80’), M Reay (86’).
Worksop Town: David Reay, Ben Rhodes, Niall Smith, Steve Woolley (C), Matthew Reay, Steve Wankiewicz, Max Pemberton, Jack Brownell (Lynton Karkach), Leon Mettam (Connor Brunt), Craig Mitchell, Andrew Gascoigne (Kyle Jordan).
Unused sub: Deegan Atherton.
By Mitchell Radford.