A SUPERIOR strike force and quality finishing proved the difference as Worksop lifted the Sheffield and Hallamshire FA Senior Cup at Hillsborough last night.
The deserved 3-2 success for the Tigers, their first since 2003, meant no winning finale for Frickley management duo of Peter Rinkcavage - formerly Worksop and Stocksbridge manager - and assistant Jason Maybury who parted company with the South Elmsall club after this game.
Frickley started the better and got a gift of a goal after nine minutes. Marc Roberts and keeper Mario Ziggardi got mixed up and Brad Grayson got the easiest goal of his life.
Ten minutes later came the first glimpse of Worksop’s quality. Owain Warlow slid a pass forward for one-time Chesterfield striker Jamie Jackson to show his pace and finish inside the far post.
Frickley restored their lead five minutes from half-time. From James Ashmore’s free-kick, Cecil Nyoni didn’t get a clean header but the ball then bounced kindly in front of him and he lashed home. In the final minute of an excellent half Worksop were level. Former Welsh U21 international Warlow, whose cultured left foot threatened quite a lot, used it for a low strike from around 25 yards out.
The winning moment came 70 seconds after half-time. Warlow delivered from the left for Jackson to power home a header. Worksop looked the likelier to score and Jackson was denied his hat-trick on 88 minutes by Dickinson with Warlow arrowing another lethal left footer inches wide.
WORKSOP: Ziggardi, Shielks, Wood, Young, Roberts, Miller, King, Sharry (Melton 77), McDonald, Jackson, Warlow. Subs: Taylor, Alali, Cotterill, Nightingale.
FRICKLEY: Dickinson, Bleau, Turner, Nyoni, Gray, Ludlam, Darley, Ashmore, South, Grayson (Knox 67), Mallon. Subs: Hood, Cyrus, Schofield, Semley.
Ref: Craig Pawson (Sheffield).