After Saturdays impressive performance and result at the then league leaders Handsworth, the main faced a tough test at another of the leagues early front runners Worksop Parramore. The main visited the impressive home of 'Parra' and Worksop Town with a similar line up to Saturday but without skipper Dave Holvey
and goal threat Liam Charlton due to work commitments. Will Rowley
once again played at centre half and once again, was superb!! Mirfin returned to midfiel and Thomas back to the front two.
A last ditch goal saving tackle from Shaun Pendleton on 3mins set the tone for the hard working and committed defensive display. Shortly after on 6mins, Lee Holmes showed persistance and improvisation to lob the Parramore keeper from the edge of the box, but he managed to turn and make a fantastic save.
On 23mins, Lee Holmes forced another top save from the home keeper with a well struck free kick from distance. The next good chance fell to the home side when they won the ball back in midfield but the shot that followed was dragged wide.
On 32mins, Billam carried the ball forward, played a one-two with Thomas before crossing for Hatton, who stayed cool in front of goal and finished well...0-1.
Appleby was once again in fine form and made a save from close range shortly after. On 44mins, McGhie pinched the ball out wide on the half way line and set off on a run. He beat one centre back inside at pace and then poked it past the covering centre back and was through on goal, unfortunately his shot was saved and denied him one of the goals of the season.
On the stroke of half time, Jason Stokes hooked the ball over his shoulder and Lee Holmes found himself in on goal. His shot was saved but the rebound hit Holmes and ended up the goal, a touch of luck that the Mains hard work surely deserved...0-2.
HALF TIME 0-2 to Rossington
Worksop looked most dangerous from set pieces and created very few chances from open play, although their tall centre forward looked dangerous but was forced to do his best work out wide, away from goal.
Early in the second half, Thomas volleyed sweetly but his effort just missing over the top. Appleby was then again called into action, an incredible one handed save to tip a close range header over the top. But from the resulting corner, Worksops biggest threat on the mains goal (their centre half) eventually got a clean chance and headed in on 52mins...1-2.
Worksop continued to pump the ball into the mains box, but Rowley and Pendelton dealt with the threat really well. The main pressed high up the field to prevent the long ball as much as possible, and it was going well, the midfield four and front two working tirelessly.
With the ball on the left, McGhie started a short sharp passing move involving Billam, Thomas, Stokes and McGhie himself. Lots of quick, one and two touch passes were made before McGhie set off on a run forward into the box and Billam picked him out perfectly. McGhie squared across the six and Holmes slotted into an empty goal!! Potentially the goal of the seaon!! (64mins)....1-3.
The pressing and work continued, but the long balls and free kicks pumped up from anywhere on the pitch continued to be Worksops biggest chance of getting back in it.
Hilton came on for the impressive Thomas (85mins) to work the back four and hold the ball up top for the main. After soaking up some pressure, the main broke down the right, Holmes' cross was pushed out to the edge of the box by the keeper and Hatton fired in a volley to put the game to bed on 90mins....-1-4.
TEAM: Appleby, Spears, Pendleton, Rowley, Billam, Stokes, Mirfin, McGhie, Hatton, Thomas (1), Holmes
SUBS: Hilton (1), Wisdom, Sidebottom, Wildey.
(52mins), Worksop got back into the game.