Worksop Town 2-3 Garforth Town
Garforth came back from Worksop with all three points in a five-goal thriller at Sandy Lane.
At a ground where the Miners haven't historically had much success, the team put in a hard working performance that was rewarded with a well deserved victory.
However, it was Worksop who had the better of the opening exchanges. The first few minutes were played in the Garforth half as the home side went out on the front foot, but could not find a way to create an opportunity.
On the attack, Garforth won a free kick in a dangerous area as Mitch Hamilton was brought down, but Luke Kitson's effort struck the wall.
Worksop continued to venture forward and their left back Micah Bishop whipped in the first of several good deliveries, but no striker could connect.
After 12 minutes Worksop should have taken the lead. Their attacker had a really good chance in the box but he shot wide of Stephen Weatherill's goal.
One minute later and the deadlock was broken - and it was Garforth who took the lead. Calum Ward got on the end of a backpass to the goalkeeper and finished first time into the bottom corner of an empty net. It was a good finish, showing quick thinking and good technique from the number 9.
Ward, fuelled after his goal, had another chance soon after, but shot high and wide from a difficult angle on the half volley. At the other end, Worksop's Bishop continued to find some joy, having an effort from distance that went off target, and playing in a good cross for his teammate - whose header was stopped by Weatherill.
Aiden Kearsley, starting at right back, made a superb block to protect Garforth's lead as Worksop had an attempt from close range. Next, Mitch Hamilton had a go from distance for Garforth, his effort rising just over the crossbar.
Worksop found an equaliser on the 28th minute as their number 6 Steve Wankiewicz finished from close range. So close to Weatherill, there was nothing the goalkeeper could do.
The home side then looked to go on the attack and find their own lead, but once again it was Garforth who got the next goal. Just a minute after conceding, the Miners went in front again, as Kitson's cross found Hamilton in the box. The tricky attacker executed a great header back across the keeper to make it 2-1.
Garforth had the last chance of the first period, as Ward's free kick from a long way out went over the bar. It was a solid first half performance that saw Town take a lead into the break.
Garforth had the ball in the net again on 51 minutes, but Ward's finish was ruled out for offside. A minute later, a Worksop player headed wide from a corner.
The lead could have been extended to 3-1 nine minutes into the second half as a shot from Garforth was cleared off the line. Despite this, it was Worksop who had more opportunities over the next ten minutes. The most clearcut one came from their number 9 Alec Denton, who somehow headed over from just yards out. It really should have been an equaliser, but Worksop would be made to wait for that.
Dan Coupland had a shot on goal on 66 minutes, but it went wide. It was a positive move which showed Garforth still had something to offer going forward.
With just five minutes left, Worksop found an equaliser. Following a cross the ball was converted by Jordan Turner to make it 2-2. The Tigers pushed for a winner, but Garforth defended resiliently, not wanting to throw away any points after such a good performance.
The last few minutes were end to end, as both sides looked for a winner. And in injury time, Hamilton found that winner for his second goal of the game. From the left wing, he curled a fantastic effort into the top corner, the ball searing over the keeper's head to give Garforth the three points. It was a fantastic, precise finish worthy of winning a match.
The 3-2 win was exactly what Garforth deserved. Garforth played positively against a good side, and showed good mental strength to clinch the victory. It's a performance the team will hope to repeat when we host Rainworth Miners Welfare in the league on Saturday.
By Samuel Bannister