The team which leaked six goals at home on Saturday smashed five past Whitby Town last night (Wed) to bring the Blues’ unbeaten start to the season to a shuddering halt.
Darren Williams’ side had been aiming to build on a steady start to the season which, although producing just the one win, has seen them go unbeaten over the first five games.
But the visitors – fresh from Saturday’s pounding at home to AFC Fylde – meant business and exploited some hesitant Whitby defending.
Blues striker Craig Farrell had an early chance to convert from an early long ball over the top but Tigers keeper Ben Hallam held on.
Worksop fired an early warning shot as Adam Rundle needlessly lost possession to Conor Higginson whose drilled effort bounced back into play of the far post.
But the Notts side did go in front on 34 minutes as the dangerous Leon Mettam was bundled over by Shane Bland in the Whitby goal, and the skipper dusted himself down to send the teenage stopper the wrong way from the spot.
Worse followed four minutes later from a break down Whitby’s right and a pinpoint centre was neatly converted by Higginson, who dummied Bland to double the lead.
The Blues almost pulled one back instantly as Farrell squeezed a shot under Hallam but the gloveman got enough contact to take the pace off the ball and recovered to save on the line. Undeterred, Whitby did score from their next attack with Graeme Armstrong chesting down Rundle’s pass and tucking the ball past Hallam. Frustratingly, referee Thomas Rogers blew for half-time seconds before powerful frontman Armstrong netted by lobbing the keeper.
But Whitby were level straight after the break when a deep corner was headed across goal to give Armstrong a tap-in for 2-2.
Instead of seizing momentum, though, Whitby were trailing again soon after as Mettam netted from close range. And the game was over when Jack Muldoon capitalised on more hesitancy to slide the ball past Bland for 4-2 midway through the second half.
The impressive Mettam completed his hat-trick late on with a swerving effort from the edge of the box. In the dying moments, Worksop’s Kern Miller was sent off for foul language towards the referee.
Players, officials and spectators had earlier put their respects to Whitby club volunteer Margaret Tyreman, who died yesterday (Wed) morning, with a minute’s silence.
Whitby Town: Bland, Hassan, Robinson (c), Burgess, Pell, McTiernan, Mulligan (Henry), Portas (Snaith), Armstrong, Farrell, Rundle.
Worksop Town: Hallam, Lemon, Roe (Pursehouse), Davies, Gaughan, Miller, Muldoon, Clarke, Denton, Mettam (c), Higginson (McKenzie).
Whitby Town 2 Worksop Town 5