Russell curled home a fine finish from the edge of the box to give Tigers' shot stopper David Reay no chance, before Worsfold doubled the Gainsborough advantage, smashing home from the penalty spot after he forced a Worksop defender to handle under pressure. Former blue, Lynton Karkach, dragged an effort wide of the upright after a looping Kingsley James header was ruled out for offside, and Worsfold was denied a second. The flag up again as Trinity posed problems going forward.
Between the sticks, youngster Callum Fielding impressed the travelling Trinity faithful. Returning to the Lane, where he was a popular member of Worksop's u19 set up, the teenage 'keeper commanded his six-yard box both bravely and brilliantly to repel the home side's threat.
Worksop forward, Matty Templeton, an ex-loan man for the Holy Blues was involved in much of Worksop's good build up, linking well with roving left back Niall Smith, but Reserves' youngster Nuno Perrera defended whole-heartedly.
A slow start to the second half saw Worksop come more into the game, and they deservedly got one back when Templeton crossed for Karkach to stoop low, heading past Fielding
Shortly after, Fielding was replaced by Joe Green for his first minutes of pre-season as a host of changes were made by both managers. Green was immediately involved, saving low to his right as Karkach threatened again.
Ross Hannah, Curtis Morrison and Worsfold were all guilty of missing opportunities that came and went as the Blues couldn't hit the high levels both Liam King and Hannah himself have set. With the game petering out to a close though, a moment worth its entry money alone happened. Off limits, goalkeeper Reay scuffed a clearance straight to Gavin Allott, the forward laying off instantly to Middleton, a yard inside the Tigers' half, his first-time volleyed strike giving the back-pedalling custodian no chance - adding a gloss to the Trinity result, 1-3!
Teams & Schemes
Worskop Town: David Reay, Deegan Atherton, Niall Smith, Steve Wooley, Steve Wankiewicz, Ben Rhodes, Lynton Karkach (Jack Brownell) Jed Phillips, Craig Mitchell, Andrew Gascoigne (Kyle Jordan) Matty Templeton (Connor Brunt).
Gainsborough Trinity: Callum Fielding (Joe Green 63), Nuno Perrera, Jamie Green, Harry Middleton, Tom Davie, Nathan Hotte, Simon Russell, Kingsley James, Ashley Worsfold, (Gavin Allott 63) Ross Hannah (Brodie Litchfield 65), Curtis Morrison (Rod Orlando-Young 80). Subs not used: Shane Clarke.
Referee: Mr Guest
Written by Robert Hughes