‘A Performance to be proud of’

That’s the message from Worksop Town gaffer Craig Denton for this tricky trip up the M1 to Penistone Church this Saturday afternoon.

Our opponents haven’t conceded in their last two fixtures, with a tight defence that the hosts have at their disposal, this will be the ultimate test for the Tigers strike force this weekend.

The Tigers love a last minute goal, scoring three of them in our last four matches, this shows that the side has resilience and will fight for every point we can get our hands on. For Tigers fans, that fighting spirit is what they will be hoping for on Saturday and with the Tigers training on Thursday, I’m sure the side will be more than prepared to give the Yorkshire outfit a real game to pay back the travelling Worksop supporters.

Goals have been a massive plus this season, just look at our last five games. We have managed to score eight in these run of fixtures. However, coming up against a very organised backline will be a tough test for them against the best defence in the league. This will give Denton a good insight into which of his players can play against one of the best in the league for future games.

The head-to-head form last year showed that both teams were at a similar level with both fixtures finishing as a 1-1 draw. Both games were played back-to-back in late December.

The first game at Sandy Lane between the two sides was evenly matched despite the early lead from the visitors, courtesy of a Brett Lovell which came minutes before half-time. In the second, the Tigers came out the traps flying and were rewarded with a goal from Matthew Templeton.

The following fixture, seven days later, also finished 1-1. This time Lee Hill gave the Tigers an early lead in the fourth minute. Church got back to level terms thanks to a Nathan Keightley equaliser in the 32nd minute.

Despite us not winning in three and with injuries and a new squad that only came in this summer, our position isn’t that bad in the table. We are in a transitional period at the moment, so we need a settled squad. I think we have some exciting players and if we give them the time they’re more than capable of getting us out of this league, even if it isn’t this season I think we’re edging closer since the appointment of Denton.

Penistone is only 30 miles up the road and with another strong turnout from the Tigers, it will spur the lads to go and fight for every ball and give the travelling fans something to cheer about. A victory on Saturday would show to everyone at the club that the Tigers are capable of beating anybody on their day.

So let’s get over to S36 and get behind the Tigers, who will be looking to get back into the winners circle this Saturday.

By Luke Atherton

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