Worksop Town came away from the Southerns Stadium with a very well earned 1-1 draw at league leaders Yorkshire Amateur today, writes Mitchell Radford.
The game ebbed and flowed, with Amateur arguably the best side in the first half, limiting Worksop to only one shot on goal in the first 45. Amateur were unable to convert their dominance into a goal as the teams went in at half-time 0-0. The second half started, and Amateur came out the blocks, getting the ball wide and crossing the ball into the danger areas. It was one of those crosses that led to the first goal of the game, Matt Reay glanced the cross towards his own goal, and his brother David Reay couldn’t stop the ball from going over the line.
From this point on, the game started to turn in Worksop’s favour. Many good chances came for the ‘Tigers’. Max Pemberton whipped a beautiful cross in, and Worksop defender Steve Wankiewicz leaped up and headed the ball into the bottom corner. Literally two minutes after the Worksop goal, they nearly scored again.
With Amateur starting to tire, Matt Sykes ran down the wing and crossed a low, fast ball for Craig Mitchell who slid in, the ball JUST missing his outstretched leg. Worksop had one final chance in the dying seconds, Craig Mitchell fed through Mark Robinson who just couldn’t quite get to the ball. Amateur cleared and the ref blew his whistle for the last time.
Neil Sibson Yorkshire Amateur manager said the game was ‘a game of two halves’ and shared his views. “We had a big crowd in for today’s game of the day and they were treated to a proper game of football with everyone going home with value for their money. We were very good in the first half and in my opinion dominating the ball limiting our visitors to one shot on goal.
“We had Worksop watched last week against Penistone and we guessed they would set up again with five at the back which they did. We spoke pre match about unlocking that back five and with a bit of better decision making in the first half we could have been going into the interval with a lead. The half time message was more of the same but not to take our foot of the gas.
“We spoke about the threat Worksop posses from throw ins and set pieces so our concentration levels needed to also be on point. We managed to take the lead which then meant that they had to scrap the back five tactic and come at us. The rain was lashing down for the majority of the half with the conditions not good at all. Worksop grew into the game in the 2nd half and they managed to grab an equaliser after we gave away possession in the wrong area which allowed the Worksop lad to send in a cracking cross which was begging for somebody to get on the end of which they duly obliged with a great header into the net to level the scores.
“I think a fair assessment of the game was we were the better team in the first and Worksop the better in the second and a draw was probably a fair result with two very good teams giving it their all in terrible conditions underfoot. We move on to 10 undefeated in the league with 28 points from a possible 30 on offer so we will move nicely into training this week in prep for the next match. Great game of footy played in good spirits and we wish Worksop all the best for the season.”