The cold weather relented enough for this FA Vase fourth round tie to go ahead at the third attempt – and it didn’t disappoint.
When the draw was made this looked like the tie of the round, and no-one would have left feeling short-changed – in particular the North End supporters who celebrated Jason Carey’s extra-time winner late into the night.
Worksop started at a lightning-quick pace and Higginson’s shot from the edge of the area was blocked before Dave Young slid in to snuff out Conor Sellars’ effort.
Mitch Husbands then saw a header from a dangerous cross drift wide on the quarter-hour mark, after which the game settled down.
It was tight in midfield, with possession changing hands frequently and both defences bossing their respective 18-yard boxes.
Neither side was able to create a chance of note for the remainder of the opening period.
In contrast to the first half both teams came out firing.
GNE stopper Hall made a comfortable save from Sellars, whilst at the other end Tom Bailey got in on the angle twice.
The first time Stewart saved his fierce volley with a strong hand, the second time just getting his fingertips to the striker’s attempted lob.
The sides almost took it in turns to have spells on top without creating clear-cut chances.
For 20 minutes North End held sway in midfield before Worksop took over. As the game edged towards full-time, North End again became the aggressors and looked the fitter side heading into extra time.
Dave Young curled a free-kick wide, Bailey headed Carey’s cross over the bar and Bailey and Sam Hind both had shots blocked in a goalmouth scramble. That was the last opening, and extra time duly followed. As with the rest of the game, the extra half-hour instalment was a cagey affair.
However, the breakthrough finally came with 102 minutes on the clock.
A free-kick from the left was launched into the box and Jason Carey rose highest and almost back-headed the ball into the corner of the net, sending the North End players and fans into raptures.
Worksop huffed and puffed to get back into the game but found a back-line determined to hold onto their clean sheet.
Indeed, it was North End that were closest to scoring again, particularly when the tireless Eddie Moran snatched the ball off Worksop at the second period kick-off and drove to the edge of the area, only to see his shot clear the bar.
Worksop did force a goalmouth scramble, after Hall dropped a long ball, but North End put their bodies on the line where it counted.
At the other end Hind nearly forced an own goal with a cross after a break-away sprint down the left. Carey also got through, only to be foiled by the toe of the keeper, way out of his box to meet him.
Glossop kept the ball well as time ticked away, and the final chance fell to them, Sam Hind’s chipped shot just going over the bar.
The whistle then blew and the North End players gleefully celebrated with their fans.
Last week’s postponement meant that they already knew who their opponents will be, and they will take on Dunston UTS in the next round, at Surrey Street on Saturday, February 7.