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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2018/19 #66

18th May, 2019

Worksop Town became the seventh team in Toolstation NCEL history to complete the league and cup double as they lifted the League Cup on Monday night.

The Tigers, who had been crowned Premier Division champions in April, were favourites going into the match against a Sedge side that had finished in thirteenth position in the top flight.

But, their opponents proved to be tough nuts to crack in what was an enthralling contest staged at Doncaster Rovers' Keepmoat Stadium in front of a crowd of 1,075.

The deadlock was broken after 43 minutes when Steven Woolley opened the scoring for Worksop just before the interval and, when he doubled their tally early in the second period, it looked as though they would comfortably win the match.

However, to Liversedge's credit, they fought back immediately with Joe Walton halving the deficit almost instantly and that is how it stayed until Ross Goodwin made sure of the victory with the third for Craig Denton's side on 80 minutes.

It capped a perfect season for Worksop who finished the league season eight points clear at the summit and are now preparing for their return to Step 4 football.

Speaking to the club's website, Denton was full of praise for their opposition: "I thought that Liversedge dominated.

"Steve Woolley scored a fantastic free-kick just before the break. I said at half-time that we had a lot more in our tank – we applied that, created more chances and more opportunities, and put Liversedge under a bit more pressure.

"Liversedge created a lot more problems, especially with Joe Walton up top who was an absolute handful. We came out and wanted a better start than the first half and we got that."

"The surface was quality. Our lads have been playing in the NCEL this season and, with all due respect, there are no pitches as good as that one out there.

"We had to adjust slightly to the occasion and with the high number of supporters out there; it puts pressure on us to perform and, with the run we have been on, people will have looked at the fixture list and seen us as favourites due to how well we’ve done this season."

Meanwhile, Liversedge, who were looking to lift the League Cup for the second time, can be proud of their contribution to what was an excellent final and they will surely go into the 2019/20 Premier Division campaign with optimism.

Photo: Worksop Town celebrate lifting the Toolstation NCEL League Cup after a 3-1 win over Liversedge at Doncaster Rovers' Keepmoat Stadium on Monday. (Picture: Lewis Pickersgill Photography)

Monday 13th May, 2019: NCEL League Cup Final - Liversedge 1 Worksop Town 3


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