Worsbrough Bridge 2-3 Dronfield Town
Two late Mark Fereday goals sent brave ten man Worsbrough Bridge out of the FA Vase at the first hurdle.
Worsbrough were seemingly sailing through, despite having had to play for 50 minutes with ten men following Ashden Morley’s red card for deliberate handball.
That was a critical moment which came back to haunt Worsbrough because of the numerical advantage.
Up to the red card, Worsbrough had enjoyed bright spells – most notably the opening goal which was lashed home by Ben Grech-Brooksbank.
Then in a moment of madness, Morley needlessly handled a header which was going in – leaving the referee with no options and his team-mates facing a long afternoon. Fereday slotted the spot kick home with ease.
Worsbrough made a change at half-time by bringing on Kieran Thompson for the ever-energetic Calan Rollinson, ensuring four defenders at the back.
As the second half progressed, Dronfield looked like the side who had ten men. Worsbrough were comfortable and Liam Owen’s close range finish did feel deserved from the stands.
However, Bridge did tire and Fereday completed his hat-trick with two goals in the space of four minutes. The first saw him break clear and round home goalkeeper Richard Watson. The winner was another penalty, earning Dronfield a fortunate victory.
What They Said
Worsbrough Bridge manager Josh Wright
Worsbrough Bridge: Watson, Morley, Black (McKeegan), Wright (M Thompson), Singleton, Hammond, Rollinson (K Thompson) Walton (captain), Owen, Grech-Brooksbank, Wilkin.