Worksop Town kept up their strong pre-season showing on Tuesday night with a 4-1 win over Northern Counties East League opposition Hemsworth Miners Welfare at the Springfield Training MDC Stadium.
Goals from the Trialist, Vaughan Redford, Oscar Radford and James Baxendale rounded off a superb Worksop performance, who looked levels above their hosts from the very first whistle.
The visitors flew out of the blocks, taking a keen control of the ball in the opening exchanges. Their explosive start was unmatched by Hemsworth, who found themselves behind within two minutes as Worksop’s Trialist broke free to poke the ball beyond hapless ‘keeper Brett Souter.
The pressure continued to mount as the Tigers utilised the flanks well to stretch the opposition defence. The hosts endured an onslaught as they struggled to get a foot on the ball. Sidney Santos looked dangerous on the few early breaks which Hemsworth had, but a lack of support going forward saw him overwhelmed by a resolute Worksop defence.
On the turn of the half-hour mark, Santos finally got the chance he had been threatening when the ball dropped to his feet, unmarked and just a few yards from goal. He trapped the ball well but snatched at the shot and sent the ball both high and wide.
It was to be the last action of the first half as a well-oiled Worksop continued to dominate until the break.
The second half started in much the same vein as the first, with the visiting Tigers restricting Hemsworth to infrequent breaks.
It was on one of these breaks that the Wells drew level, as a defensive mix-up tempted Polish international Seb Malkowski to the edge of his penalty area. Stranded, Malkowski could do nothing but watch a delightful dink sail over his head off the foot of a Trialist.
Worksop retook the lead just minutes later when Redford turned in a rifled cross at the far post.
The Tigers chalked up their third goal of the night with the hour mark looming when new signing Connor Smythe’s sublime cross met the head of Radford, who found the back of the net on the second time of asking.
Hemsworth gradually edged themselves back into the game, albeit with a two-goal deficit. They began to work the ball beautifully around the pitch, keeping it low and asking questions of Worksop’s defence with fast passing.
Baxendale netted the fourth for Worksop in the dying moments with a deft touch to lob the on-rushing goalkeeper following a rebound.
The win sets the Tigers up perfectly for their opening FA Cup fixture, away at Anstey Nomads on Saturday afternoon.