Hednesford Town’s unbeaten start to the season came to an abrupt end at the hands of a Worksop Town team who were the better team in every department and outplayed The Pitmen, especially in the second half, when Rob Smith’s side were chasing the game.
The Tigers came to Keys Park having lost all three of their previous away games this season but looked organised in defence and reguarly threatened on the counter attack as Hednesford struggled to involve Nathan Woolfe and Elliott Durrell in attacking positions.
A lively, high tempo start to the game saw both keepers forced into a quality save apiece from long distance attempts by Durrell for Hednesford and Lee Beeson for Worksop but the away side took the lead after Francino Francis felled Leon Mettam and Beeson converted the spotkick confidently past Crane on thirty-eight minutes.
The Pitmen faithful looked for a reaction from their team in the second half but within fourteen minutes of the restart a cross from the right was flicked on at the near post and Beeson easily scored his second of the night to shock the home team.
Rob Smith threw on Aaron Rey to chase the game and he could have scored with his first touch, failing to connect properly from a Durrell free-kick six yards from goal but from the moment Dave MacPherson lost out in a tackle with Beeson who crossed for Tom Denton to make it three on sixty-eight minutes the game was lost.
A superb passing move by Worksop in the final minute culminated in a curling shot from Matt Young making it four and, in the process, reminding Hednesford Town that there will be no easy games in this division aheah of Saturday’s huge FA Cup tie.
Crane, Disney (Rey 63), Campion, Bailey, Francis, MacPherson (c) (Watkis 71), Melbourne, Durrell, Harvey, Lennon (Taylor 76), Woolfe
Subs Not Used
Bastock, Clark, Wood, Young (89), Ludlum (c), Miller, Beeson (38,59) (Warlow 89), Towers, Denton (68) (Menga 77), Mettam (Modest 81), King
Subs Not Used
Bookings: Miller, Towers, Melbourne,
Star Man – Lee Beeson
Attendance – 406