Worksop look for some bouncebackability tomorrow night, as we travel to face Hemsworth Miners Welfare in the First Round of the Sheffield Senior Cup. 

Worksop gaffer Craig Denton suffered his first defeat as the Tigers boss, losing 5-2 to Nantwich Town on Saturday. Despite Worksop losing their first game this campaign, Denton and the boys can take positives out of our last fixture, it was vital experience for the players rubbing shoulders with football League and international players and shows how difficult the task in Cheshire was.

During his post-match interview, Tigers assistant Rob Poulter shared his thoughts on the FA cup defeat. Poulter expressed his frustration at the goals we conceded at Nantwich, more than likely this will be the main focus for Denton and the team to put right on Tuesday. Our opponents tonight have had a dream start to this campaign, reaching the summit of the NCEL Premier Division. The Wells have recorded 12 points from a possible 18 and it will be another tough test for Denton & co but, with the start we’ve had, we’re more than capable of getting into the hat for the next round.

Despite the good start for Hemsworth, they’ve won 2 and lost 2 in their last four matches. Staveley Miners Welfare thumped the Yorkshire side in Derbyshire 3-0, the Wells responded with a crushing 4-2 victory at home against Harrogate Railway Athletic, following the response Hemsworth carried on the momentum winning 2-0 away to Albion Sports however, in the game on Saturday the Wells lost at home to Barton Town Old Boys 1-0.

If previous fixtures between Worksop and Hemsworth are to go by, then this will be a cracker. Many Tigers will remember the 3-1 win for Worksop at Sandy Lane against the Wells. Nathan Perks broke the deadlock in the 4th minute, then followed one of the best second half performances from the Tigers. It started with full-back Micah Bishop getting Worksop back on level terms, striker Jordan Turner then got our noses in-front, the game was put to bed as from 12 yards out striker Alec Denton scored. The reverse fixture told a different story, Tigers lost 5-3 courtesy of Nath Connelly hat-trick, Joe Taylor and Luke Danville got on the scoresheet for the hosts, a brace from Mitch Husbands and a late Jamie Robinson goal wasn’t enough for us to take anything back to Sandy Lane.

This mouth watering fixture will have bags of goals in it if you go by previous games between the two sides. Let’s get behind the lads in Pontefract tomorrow night as we look to progress in our most successful competition, hopefully the lads and Denton will add to the great history we have in this tournament.

By Luke Atherton

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