Worksop Town 1-3 Barnsley

Last updated : 27 June 2022 By Rob Miles

The Michael Duff era got off a to a winning start with a comfortable pre-season victory 29miles down the road at Worksop Town

It is rare to see Barnsley play a friendly as early as June but in baking sunshine they roared into a 3-0 lead before half time against the Northern Premier League Division One East side.

Devante Cole who managed only two goals last season on his return to the club after six years opened the scoring in confident style after just eight minutes. Good footwork on the edge of the area by Aaron Leya Iseka saw the Belgian lay the ball off to Cole who stroked it beautifully into the far corner.

Leya Iseka got in on the act himself 20 minutes later when he turned in from close range after Clarke Oduor’s freekick was fumbled by the Worksop goalkeeper.

It was three after 38 minutes when Callum Brittain – often maligned for his wayward finishing lashed a shot into the roof of the net from just inside the area after the ball was laid off by Luke Thomas.

Duff made 11 changes at the break which predictably disrupted the flow of the game and it was Worksop who had the final say when Liam Hardy dispatched a penalty, sending new Reds keeper Jamie Searle the wrong way after 48 minutes.

Reds Team:

First half XI:

Jack Walton

Jasper Moon

Jason Sraha

Liam Kitching

Clarke Oduor

Callum Brittain

Matty Wolfe

Josh Benson

Aaron Leya Iseka

Devante Cole

Luke Thomas

Second half XI:

Jamie Searle

Amir Ariely

Danny Benson

Will Lancaster

Kareem Hassan-Smith

Will Hondermack

Harrison Nejman

Jordan Helliwell

Joe Ackroyd

Aiden Marsh (David Bremang 60)

Jack Aitchison (Tomas Kalinauskas 60)