Worksop Town exorcised some 2014/15 demons, as they saw off a well organised Garforth Town side thanks to Tom Elliott’s strike – the only goal on a stormy night in West Yorkshire.
After dropping five points against the same stubborn, defensive opposition last term, Tigers were eager to wrest three points from their hosts this time round and dominated possession throughout this game.
A quick start saw James Cottingham flash a cross across the box after a good move, but Phil Roe couldn’t quite get on the end to apply the finish.
The hosts went close through Luke Mangham who fizzed a shot wide of the post.
Tigers managed to create numerous chances in the first half, but were guilty of being wasteful once again as they failed to convert any of them.
Firstly, Adam Ward was played through one on one, skipped round Ben Hunter in the Garforth goal but saw his shot blocked by a defender, before Hunter made two good saves in as many minutes to keep the scores level.
The keeper denied both Roe and Elliott, but the pair will probably think they should have done better.
Despite all the possession Tigers almost went behind on 33 mins, Elliott giving the ball away to the lively Curtis Martin-Wyatt, who ran through only to be denied by a combination of Ross Henshaw and Jon Kennedy, who just did enough to stop him.
The second half descended into a very scrappy affair, with countless fouls from both teams meaning it became very stop start, although to the surprise of pretty much everyone in the ground no yellow cards were shown.
Substitute Kyle Jordan had a half chance, as did Mark Simpson for the home side, who shot over when well placed.
Tigers were the team trying to force a result, and finally made the breakthrough on 82 minutes.
Conor Higginson, lively having come off the bench, started a nice passing move which resulted in Elliott finishing into the top corner, despite keeper Hunter getting a hand to it.
The relief from the visitors’ bench was clear to see.
Garforth did force a chance to equualise with some late pressure, as Simni Oyebanji shot wide in injury time to ensure Tigers took the three points, and considering the efforts they put in it was thoroughly deserved.
Next up for Worksop is a visit to Pontefract Collieries on Saturday, before Thackley provide the opposition at Sandy Lane next Wednesday.
Worksop: Kennedy 6, Cottingham 6, Roe 6, Barnett 6, Henshaw 6, Cooke 6, Sellars 5 (Woolley 73), SCOTT 7, Husbands 5 (Jordan 62), Ward 5 (Higginson) 80, Elliott 6.
Subs not used: Waddle, Smythe.
Garforth Town AFC: Hunter, Hawksworth, Robertson, Monfredi, Shelton, Alali, Oyebanji, Tom Smith (Perks 87), Martin-Wyatt (Simpson 80), Mangham, Harris.
Subs not used: Lund, Simpkins, Dom Smith
Goals: Elliott 82.
Referee: Mr L Watson
Assistants: Mr B Tomlinson and Mr B Button.