Worksop face a tough test at home to AFC Mansfield this Wednesday.
The Tigers eturn their focus to league football after a fantastic 1-0 away win against Dunston UTS in the Vase despite it seemed, against all the odds.
This was a much needed performance for Worksop manager Ryan Hindley and everyone involved with the club after a 4-0 defeat away at Hall Road Rangers the previous weekend.
Three big league games in ten days are now looming which could see changes within the starting line 11. One of the big positives is the goals we’ve scored this season, the strike force has been swapped when required and the players that have come have produced goals showing the quality that the boss has at his disposal.
AFC Mansfield come into Wednesday’s game off a 2-0 defeat to Hinckley in the second round of the FA Vase on Saturday. The Bulls came into that game on a three game winning streak, the previous result before last Saturday was a brilliant 3-2 victory away to Pickering Town. This particular game produced fireworks in the closing stages, with AFC Mansfield taking a 2-1 lead with 12 minutes to go through Craig Mitchell, the Bulls extended their lead with a goal from Lynton Karkach with three minutes to go, before a late goal from Pickering Town made for a nervy finish.
AFC Mansfield have goals in their arsenal, Oliver Fearon is their top goal scorer with a fantastic 22 goals already this season. Fearon has scored a whopping three hat-tricks to date, his first hat-trick against Quorn in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup, the second came at home against Albion Sports and away to Clipstone the following game. That isn’t the only player who Worksop should look out for, Connor Smythe has six goals with a hat-trick against Parkgate at home.
Alec Denton is the man in form at the minute for the Tigers scoring winners in the victories against Parkgate and Dunston. He has proven already this season that he is a top quality striker in this league. The side that played against Dunston were terrific and left the manager ‘speechless’ afterwards, therefore it wouldn’t be a surprise if the man in charge tries to keep the starting 11 on Wednesday.
Our visitors have looked good this season and have earned the right to be potential title winners. Ryan himself has named them as potential winners in a post-match interview recently. AFC Mansfield are currently fifth in the league sitting three places above the Tigers, it will be another test for us to see if we can beat another team with promotion ambitions. The results for the two teams at the weekend surely makes for an intriguing clash at Sandy Lane under the lights.