Can the Tigers finally beat local rivals Handsworth Parramore this Saturday? 

Worksop Town manager Craig Denton will be looking to beat our closest rivals at Sandy Lane this weekend. 

A victory would be the first win for the Tigers in five games against the Yorkshire side, as we look to stretch our unbeaten run to three games. 

This game is always eventful: take the reverse fixture from earlier this season, in which there were five goals – one of which came in the last minute of the game. Worksop striker Craig Mitchell opened proceedings in the eighth minute, before Oscar Radford pegged the Tigers back ten minutes later, and Oliver Fearon’s goal five minutes before the interval put Handsworth in front. Big defender Matthew Reay drew the two sides level once again in the 56th minute; however, Handsworth stole all three points in the dying seconds of the game from an Alex Rippon winner. 

Worksop come into Saturday’s game from a hard-fought point away to Barton Town last Saturday and will be looking to put in another rock-solid defensive performance.  We are unbeaten in our last two games and have lost just one in six, so Dents and the lads will be up for the match this weekend as we look to take maximum points. 

Our opponents will be looking to get themselves back to winning ways as the Amber Parras have lost their last two fixtures. Their previous game was a 2-1 defeat at home to Maltby Main where ex-Tiger and Parra Jordan Turner scored in the last minute to take all three points back to Maltby. The game before that was against top-of-the-league Yorkshire Amateur; it was a close encounter, however, Ashley Flynn scored an 82nd minute penalty to wrap up all three points for the Leeds-based side. 

The last time Worksop beat Handsworth was in the 2016/17 campaign – September 10th 2016 to be exact. Worksop striker Adam Scott’s 31st minute goal was the difference in a close encounter. Another victory against our rivals came in a 2-1 win in the 2014/15 season, our only other points against the Parras. Hopefully we can change that this weekend. 

 To add to the rivalry, there are many players who have represented both clubs. 

Lee Hill started the season at Parramore before returning to the Tigers, for whom he has impressed in his two games so far. On the other side, Jed Phillips, Jan Budtz and Josh Davies have all featured for the Tigers in recent years. 

Three points are massive for the Tigers, so let’s get down to Sandy Lane to roar the Tigers onto three points as we look to kick-start a long unbeaten run. With both sides having goals in their lockers, and the added passion of local rivalry, there will be a lot to talk about come 5 o’clock Saturday evening, hopefully for Worksop fans talking about the three points we’ve picked up. 

By Luke Atherton 

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