Magnificent seven for 10 Tigers in rout of Retford

Worksop Town fans will never forget today’s Bassetlaw derby, while Retford United will want to erase the memory entirely.

Tigers ran up a 7-0 scoreline, despite playing for almost an hour with 10 men, as a crowd of well over 700 watched in disbelief.

Worksop Town's Luke Shiels celebrates hsi goal with his team mates against Liversedge. Picture: Andrew Roe

Worksop Town's Luke Shiels celebrates hsi goal with his team mates against Liversedge. Picture: Andrew Roe

The two sides were given a guard of honour onto the pitch by 100 Worksop Town Juniors, and that was about as pleasant as it got for Retford.

The Badgers could not have got off to a worse start, giving away possession straight from the kick-off to the impressive Connor Sellars, he fed Dre Johnson and the striker found the net with only 10 seconds played.

Tigers smelled blood, and what followed was a mauling.

By the 14th minute the hosts were three up and coasting.

Tom Elliott beat a man on the left and slid the ball in for Johnson whose clever flick found the run of Sellars, the midfielder sidefooting into the far corner of the net.

Elliott was instrumental in the third, haring to the byline and putting in a cross that Rich Smith could only slice past James Hitchcock and into his own net.

Watching his men get overrun in midfield, Retford boss Paul Ward decided to change things on 23 minutes, sending on Kyle Hadley in place of Jimmy Walker.

Badgers then created a golden chance to get on the scoresheet, Reece Thompson with a free header at the back post that looked every inch a goal - until Ben Gathercole pulled out a sublime save.

That was the last time he was called into any real defensive action, but it was not his final contribution.

The Tigers keeper turned provider with a quick long kick down field allowing Johnson to jump and challenge Hitchcock, beating him in the air and nodding into the net for his second of the afternoon.

Any thoughts of a high scoring rout were put on hold nine minutes before the break as Thompson hared through the middle and came together with Sam Liversidge.

The striker went down, referee Mark Jones went to his pocket and Liversidge went for an early bath.

Thompson indulged in some indecent gestures to the crowd and was lucky all three officials somehow missed it.

If Retford thought this was their opportunity to gain a foothold in the game, they were mistaken.

The 10 men came agonisingly close to going 5-0 up before the break, the ball dropping to Johnson who swivelled and shot against the upright.

And in first half injury time Husbands’ cross was behind Johnson but perfect for Jonathan Wafula and his shot was goalbound but blocked.

After the break Worksop showed no signs of settling for their four goal cushion, Sellars firing at goal from 25 yards and forcing Hitchcock to tip it round the post.

The resulting corner was sent in by Sellars and Luke Shiels got up highest to thump a header into the net.

Husbands looked to maintain his goal-per-game NCEL Premier ratio, but when Johnson flicked the ball to him in the box he could only drag his shot wide.

A horrible afternoon for the Badgers was compounded even further when Sellars slammed a 30-yard free-kick off the underside of the bar and into the net - a sensational strike and the pick of the bunch.

Aside from the sending off, the only blight on the afternoon for home side was the sight of Elliott limping out of the game, Jack Waddle taking his place.

Sellars looked to add to his personal tally with another free-kick, that sailed over, and a shot on the run that ran wide.

There was still time for a seventh goal however, another Sellars corner inviting Shiels to get up and head in his second on the eve of his 25th birthday.

A moment of mutual appreciation at full-time between the victors and the home supporters in the 753-strong crowd rounded off a fine afternoon for Worksop.

They move up to third in the table, two points behind leaders Handsworth Parramore with two games in hand.

Retford drop to 18th with just six points from seven games.

Worksop: Gathercole 8, Pursehouse 8 (Hawkins 73), Smythe 8, Scott 8, Liversidge 7, SHIELS 9, Sellars 9, Wafula 8, Husbands 8 (Jordan 81), D. Johnson 8, Elliott 8 (Waddle 79). Not used: Dawson, Whincop.

Retford United: Hitchcock, Tunney (Cooper 55), Swannack, Nelthorpe, R. Smith, D. Smith, Walker (Hadley 23), B. Johnson, Wilkin, Thompson, Buck. Not used: Cairns, Muirhead, Fuller.

Referee: Mr Mark Jones. Assistants: Mr James Shipley, Mr Mark Curwood.

Goalscorers: Johnson 1, 32, Sellars 11, own goal 14, Shiels 48, 90, Sellars 68.

Yellows: Cooper 61, Swannack 72.

Red: Liversidge 36.

Attendance: 753.

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