Worksop travel to Humberside in search of a fourth win in six games.
The Tigers come into the Barton Town fixture on the back of a 2-1 victory at home to Liversedge. Despite the performance not being as good as it has been over recent games, the three points was key.
Our visitors come into the match off a 2-1 home victory against high-flying Penistone Church. The Swans have won two of their last three games.
To get the ball rolling, Barton Town smashed their local rivals, Hall Road Rangers, 3-0 at home. The Swans then travelled to Sandy Lane to face Handsworth Parramore. Handsworth were victorious, scoring two second-half goals to secure all three points. Barton then picked themselves up to produce that shock victory over Penistone.
Fixtures between Barton and the Tigers have produced some exciting matches in the past few years; however, our opponents just edge us on the head-to-head.
Barton have won four of the nine fixtures between the two sides, Worksop have won three, and the other two matches finished in draws.
Our last fixture against the Swans finished evenly matched at 2-2. A Matt Plumber own goal two minutes in gave Worksop an early lead. Nicky McNamara then brought the Humberside team back on level terms before they took the lead courtesy of an Owen Marshall goal in the 67th minute. Despite going behind, Worksop drew level in the dying stages as Craig Mitchell rescued a point.
The last fixture at The Easy Buy Stadium between both teams was a thriller. Gareth Barlow scored two quick fire goals to send the Swans into dreamland. Alec Denton got the Tigers back into the match a minute after Barton’s second.
Worksop’s pressure meant Barton’s resilience caved six minutes before time. Mitch Langton turned Wankiewicz’s volley into his own goal to get Worksop all square, before that man Gareth Barlow went from hero to villain, scoring an own goal in the last minute and handing all three points to the Tigers.
Barton Town’s Eddy Birch will come into the match in high spirits after scoring the winner in their previous 2-1 win. Birch also scored the first goal in their 3-0 victory over neighbours Hall Road Rangers. Worksop will have to contain Birch and co, so working on something this week could be the key to preparing for this Saturday’s game.
We currently sit eighth in the league and our opponents are three places below in eleventh. With only two points separating the two teams, the ingredients are there for a terrific game as Craig Denton and the lads look to get a winning streak going that will hopefully last for a while.
Let’s get over to Humberside to roar on the Tigers for another three points as we look to get back into the Evo-Stik.
By Luke Atherton