Tightly packed Tigers nick the win at Penistone.
The Tigers matched a strong Church side who were sitting strongly in second place.
The Tigers absorbed pressure from the home side before darting forward on the counter.
The breakthrough came in the ninety-third minute as Steve McDonnell was thwarted, as he entered the area, by James Young which left referee Lee Freeman with no choice but to point to the spot.
Matt Sykes stepped up and cooly slotted the penalty away for the win.
After the game tempers flared which produced red cards for Brett Lovell, Sam Scrivens, Kyle Jordan and Michael Trench.
This win takes our league away form to eight wins and a draw since the start of the campaign.
After the madness, we caught up with Craig Denton and goalscorer Matt Sykes;
CD: “We knew that Penistone were going to make it really hard for us. They are a very good, strong side which is testament to their results, Ian Richards has done a fantastic job there but we knew that if we stuck to our guns then the momentum would get going and cause Penistone problems in which we did. They did the same to us but we defended and put bodies on the line. It was an excellent game we got a little bit of luck at the end with the penalty but we scored it and won 1-0. Three points is three points but I thought it was outstanding from everyone today and we really put a shift in and worked really hard.
“The subs were always going to happen. We set up to see us get through to half-time and get Sykesy and Macca on in the second period. Not to take anything away from KJ and Brunty who did very well and were unlucky not to get on the scoresheet themselves. We were a little nervous going into the game because of injuries and suspensions; Mitchell is suspended, Price injured, Aaron Moxam isn’t 100% and we’ve lost Goodwin for around six to seven weeks meaning we were low on numbers tonight but we’ve turned up and put in a shift which is what we asked the lads to do and they did.
“Dave’s kicking has massively improved and today, like recent weeks, he has been incredible. Our three centre-halves; Matt Reay, Charlie Taylor and Steve Wankiewicz were exceptional but the whole eleven have been brilliant. Young Deegan Atherton has come up from our Under 19s and done very well and so has Trenchie. You have to do the hard bit in the game and we have done that. Our lads really deserved that today and I thought it was a great game of football.
“I think with a little bit of belief we can turn our away record into a home run. There are standards at Worksop Town and when we’re at home with a massive crowd, the majority in Worksop shirts, there is big pressure to perform. When you come away it is different but I don’t want to make excuses because these players are capable of putting in a performance, like today, in at Sandy Lane or wherever we go.
“We go into the game on Saturday very positively. All the lads in the dressing room they are delighted from taking three points from a really good Penistone side. This is a massive boost for us. Nothing has really been too wrong over the last few weeks, we’ve just not had the rub of the green and we will go into the weekends game ready and fighting to go again”.
MS: “When I was about to come on I was trying to get the feeling back into my feet as it was freezing, I’m sure everyone will know that from standing on the side. We were getting lots of chances and I reckon we should have scored one or two more than we have. Me and Steve both came on up front and believed we would get more chances for us to score. Macca has gone through and with some great footwork, he’s won the penalty.
“Funnily enough I was practising penalties before the game and I was putting them in the same spot pre-match so I knew to keep my head down and put it in that corner which thankfully I did and scored.
“I have hit good form as of late so I was a little disappointed not to start today but it’s football and that happens so you take it on the chin and do your best for the team. I love to score goals so as soon as the penalty was given I grabbed the ball and knew it was mine.
“I think we have a lot more confidence going into the Albion game. It was low with the lads so we’ve been working on it midweek and get more confidence with what we are doing. We need to get more on the ball and move it around better like we know we can so we should have enough for next week”.
We next face Albion Sports at Sandy Lane on Saturday, 1st December.