Worksop beaten as Spartans claim another double

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Worksop beaten as Spartans claim another double

Posted by admin on March 4, 2013

Worksop came to the Caribbean Club looking to avenge the defeat earlier in the season which had ended their own winning streak, but went away empty handed as the Spartans turned in a solid performance at home.

The only change for the Spartans was an enforced change in goal for the rest of the season saw Jack Bailey replace Kian.

A lovely spring morning greeted both teams as they assembled for a 10am kick-off as game one started on time. The Spartans set off the quickest and really set about Worksop with some early pressure. A couple of weeks worth of training seemed to have done the trick as Blade fired home inside the first couple of minutes from a Jack MB cross. THis should have signalled the start of an avalanche of goals, but Worksop have some good wins under their belt this season and the Spartans know how to make a game tense!

True to form, Worksop came back at the Spartans, just as the Spartans seemed to think this would be easy, but some good defensive work from Pav and Aman and some luck kept the score at 1-0. Jack Bailey was called into action a couple of times and was solid on his firts official start in goal, saving with his legs at the near post on one occasion while under pressure. At the other end, chances were wasted as the Spartans either left the pass too late and were picked off or didn't pass at all. Worksop were always dangerous, keeping two upfront (unusual for this level of the game) forcing Mark and Dan to change the Spatans shape to cover the extra attacker. Half time came at 1-0.

The second half was more of the same, pressure from the Spartans either wasted by shooting from too far out or Worksop getting in the way. Worksop themselves wasted chances as the game was end to end. The Spartans trying to implement a new corner routine but for now, it still needs work. William moved into midfield for a spell in the second half to try and change things up a but. Alfie worked titelssly down the right and Pav, Aman and Jack Bailey cleared up when needed at the back. Blade played probably his best game, covering at the back when needed, organising at corners and running to be in the centre of the attack. The best chance of the half for the Spartans fell to Jack MB. He was fouled just outside the area, stood up and fired in a shot that the goalie tipped onto the crossbar and away to safety. Overall, a bit of a scrappy game that the Spartans managed to win 1-0.

Game two was all to play for with the Spartans just 1 goal up. Kicking-down the hill, the boys applied some early pressure and started to create a few half chances. Worksop changed their system in this game to have just one up front and this was more suited to the defensive pairing of Josh and Cameron who cleared away all of the early danger. Eventually the Spartans doubled their lead as Kieren worked down the left and crossed into the box for Sam who had a shot blocked and Rmarye knocked home the rebound. Doing what you do in training does pay off! After this, Worksop had to chase the game, but did not really create anything in the first half, before a Goal of the Season contender from Rmarye. The ball broke down the Worksop left, Rmarye picked it up, created some space and unleashed a powerful drive across the goalie and into to far top corner! Congratulations all round from the Spartans and Worksop alike. No goalie was saving that. Half time 3-0.

The second half was much of the same, the Spartans were the stronger of the sides, making the Worksop defence work hard, and Worksop always dangerous on the break - shooting just wide on a couple of occassions. Morgan could have had a second half hatrick, either just missing or heading wide each time - the last time would have been easier to score than miss. Worksop then got their consolation goal, again down the left. The attacker received the ball as it broke away from a Spartans interception and he hit a half volley across James that hit the far post and bounced back across the goal and in (behind the goalie). Again, another tough one for the goalie to try and deal with.

After that, Worksop pressed to get something from the game, making it a bit of a tense finish, but the final whistle blew at 3-1.

A solid, if not spectacular, win to keep the Spartans in the hunt for second place in the league. Congratulations to Dronfield who secured top spot last weekend with a last minute winner at Dinnington.

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