Garforth Town were coming into this game feeling confident after their midweek win against Maltby Main and were gunning for a win against the visitors Worksop Town.
The game got underway and barely 10 seconds into the game, Worksop got a corner. Thankfully it came to nothing and it saw an counter-attack for Garforth which ended in the super striker Mark Simpson forcing a save from Worksop’s keeper. Both teams were feeling their way into this game and it was going to be one of those games full of excitement. To prove my point, Steven Weatherill, replacing Pete Lawrie in goal made a great save to deny Worksop the opening goal. Garforth went close themselves but for a brave stop from the keeper to deny Dan Coupland.
The goal was surely not too far away and it came thanks to Simpson finishing sweetly to put Garforth ahead. 1-0. Then a bizarre incident happened when the referee ordered both sets of subs to remove their hi-viz vests! Strange call but the game went on! Then Jack McMurrough saw his effort go wide. Garforth were wanting more goals! However things didn’t go quite to plan when Worksop equalized. This had left Weatherill injured and so Lawrie came on to replace him. This goal got Worksop’s tails up and they applied more pressure on Garforth but Lee Turner did magnificently to deny them their second goal. Then the game turned on its head once more when Simpson bagged his second goal! Garforth led once more. Mark should have made it 3-1 and a hat-trick for him not long after but he miscued his shot and it went wide! Half-time came and The Miners held a slender 2-1 lead going into the changing rooms.
GOAL! Again Worksop frailty at the back. Garforth finish at the third attempt. Calum Ward or own goal I think... 3-1— Garforth Town AFC (@TheGarforthTown) February 10, 2018
Second half soon came and Worksop tried to find a way to get a goal back but their chance went begging. Then another goal came Garforth’s way but we don’t know whether Calum Ward scored it or it was an own goal! Regardless, it was 3-1 to the home side and the confidence was soaring throughout the team. Lawrie was called into action not long after and he gathered a shot. Ward then saw his shot blocked by the Worksop keeper. It was an end to end game! Worksop saw another effort go wide and a few minutes later, a change for Garforth saw Ward come off for Sean Hunter.
Coupland saw his acrobatic effort saved and then Mitch Hamilton was booked for simulation. He was causing problems for the Worksop defence. Another yellow card was issued by the referee, this time to Coupland for kicking the ball away! Substitute Matthew Savage came on for Mark Simpson as the game was nearing its end. A close call for Garforth then followed when Worksop saw yet another effort go wide. Garforth were playing really well but needed to see this game out. However a tense finale was in order as Garforth scored an own goal and the score was 3-2 to the home side. But there was no time for Worksop to get the equalizer and Garforth Town held on to claim a well earnt 3-2 win!
Great to see the Miners flying at the moment, I hope to see them at a game soon!
Editor’s Note: Thanks again to Maz Brown (@LeedsUNITEDMaz on Twitter) for taking the time to write up a match report on Garforth Town on her birthday! Gartforth Town is the local non-League side that hosts Leeds United Ladies FC. so if you’re not going to Elland Road some weekend and want to check out an affordable, family-friendly football environment, go check them out.