Worsbrough Bridge Athletic 4, Eccleshill United 0
(Baris NC East League, Division One)
After a run of five consecutive defeats, it was with some relief that Worsbrough registered this emphatic win at home to Eccleshill under the floodlights on Tuesday night, with all their goals coming in the first 40 minutes.
Bridge were without several regulars, with Liam McFadyen and Luke Atkinson the latest to have joined the list of injured players. And in addition they lost Callum Westney who was injured in the warm-up and had to be replaced by substitute Ash Morley shortly before kick-off.
On the plus side the game saw the return of two former Bridge favourites, Luke Forgione and Craig Goodyear, who have ‘come home’ to Park Road. Both acquitted themselves well on their first games back.
Worsbrough kicked with the slope in the first period and they used the advantage well. They passed the ball quickly on the slightly wet surface and they looked dangerous on the attack right from the start.
Chris Whit and Scott Turner caused the visitors problems with some good wide play and Bridge centre forward Lee Garside thrived on the service.
In fact the opening goal, which came in the 16th minute, was created by a run and shot from White on the left. His shot was parried into the path of Turner as he cut in from the right, and he duly teed up Garside who netted from close range.
The second goal, on 23 minutes, was as a result of an error by the visiting keeper. He failed to hold a high ball and Turner was on hand to capitalise.
Bridge were well in charge at this stage and they seemed relieved that their mini-goal drought had ended.
With White and Garside dominating, they looked as though they were going to score every time they had possession.
The third goal came on 35 minutes when a quick ball behind the defence from Goodyear sawWhite push the ball easily past the advancing keeper to score the goal that his overall display deserved.
The fourth goal arrived five minutes before the break, the excellent Andy Broadbent delivering a cross from the left that was turned in from close range by Garside.
The second half was much more evenly contested, with Bridge breaking swiftly up the hill and still managing to cause the United defence problems. The most important point for Worsbrough was to maintain their ‘clean sheet’ which they did comfortably.
United did complain bitterly that they should have had a penalty late on when Ben Whittington made a last-ditch tackle inside the area. He seemed to win the ball. however – and that was the way the referee saw it.
There were notable performances by the Worsbrough midfield of Goodyear, Forgione and Broadbent, together with excellent ‘stand ins’ Ash Morley and Ben Whittington – who gave an accomplished display at full-back. In addition it was good to see Adam Podmore easing his way back to fitness with a run out in the final 10 minutes.
Team: James Jenkinson, Ben Whittington, Matty Roberts, Luke Forgione (Adam Podmore, 80 mins), Ash Morley, Tom Markham, Andy Broadbent, Craig Goodyear, Lee Garside, Chris White (Lee Anthony, 65 mins) , Scott Turner (James Bower, 75 mins).