Another league double on the cards for Worksop ?
The Tigers are in search of our second double this campaign, as we travel over to East Yorkshire to take on Bridlington Town tomorrow evening, we got our first double against rock bottom Clipstone beating them 5-0 away and 3-0 at home.
We faced Town several weeks ago in the third round of the NCEL League Cup and lost 3-1, despite an encouraging second half display and a goal from young starlet Igor Mlynarski.
Our opponents currently sit two places above us in the league, a victory for us would see us leap-frog the side on the east coast, as well as hand Milligan a much needed first away win.
Bridlington have hit a rich vein of form, they’re unbeaten in the last five games winning three and drawing two. Town have scored an impressive 12 goals during the run, as well as collecting three clean sheets. Woodhouse has produced a well balanced squad that is seeing success on both sides of the field. Joel Sutton and Jake Day have both scored 9 out of the last 12 goals by Bridlington, Worksop will know the threat both players can cause, most notably Sutton after his hat-trick at Sandy Lane a few weeks ago.
The Seasiders dominate the head-to-head statistics between the two sides. Bridlington have won 5 out of 8 games between us. Victory for us will see our first double over Bridlington, this would be a great achievement baring in mind the opposition and stage of the season we are at.
Bridlington are in three competitions, with the league done and dusted for our opponents, Woodhouse will be looking to have a fresh and fully fit squad for the NCEL League Cup and the East Riding Senior cup.
As mentioned, we lost 3-1 at home to Bridlington and a few days later lost 5-1 away to Pickering Town, most recently we lost to our closest rivals Handsworth Parramore 3-1. Conceding 11 goals during these matches, Milligan will be looking to tighten up at the back tonight and the recent addition of Dan Gardner should certainly help matters.
Despite the recent results we have to bare in mind the transitional period we find ourselves in. Many players have left in recent months, therefore its opened the door for our younger players to come in and steak a claim in the first team. With a mixture of tough fixtures and experimenting with the squad we have to be patient with Milligan to get us as prepared as possible for the new season.
In spite of the recent 3-1 defeat last Wednesday, Milligan expressed his frustration over the result after a solid ‘first 60 minutes’, the man in charge will be hoping to take that 60 minutes into tonights game and for the full 90 minutes this time.
I’m sure we’ll have another fantastic turnout from our die hard supporters despite the lengthy journey, lets hope the lads can get the reward their recent performances have warranted, despite the score-lines saying otherwise.
By Luke Atherton.