I was delighted with the point but it could’ve so easily been three.’ 

Worksop manager Craig Denton shares his thoughts after a frustrating 0-0 draw against Handsworth Parramore at Sandy Lane. 

The Tigers dominated the majority of the second half but couldn’t find that bit of luck in front of goal. Worksop striker Kyle Jordan was unlucky not to give the Tigers fans behind the goal something to roar about, in particular the one-on-one he had where the keeper saved his lobbed effort on goal.

Arguably the best players on the pitch for the Tigers were the wing-backs. Lee Hill and Deegan Atherton didn’t put a foot wrong at the back and looked dangerous going forward. 

Denton said, “I thought today’s result was fair at the end of the day. I thought we could’ve nicked it in the last 20 minutes of the game. It was a game where we had few opportunities and we couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net. I thought Handsworth defended brilliantly, and again our back line did really well and got us another clean sheet. 

“The formation we started with today I thought worked really well. Hilly [Lee Hill] and Deegs [Deegan Atherton] were really high up the pitch, which we like. Hilly in particular won most of his headers but what I want to see from everybody else is, if Hilly doesn’t win the header, we win the second or third ball. I thought we started on the front foot; certainly in the first 20 minutes we set the tone of the game. I was delighted with the point but it could’ve so easily been three. 

Denton then explained his reasoning behind the late substitutions. 

“The subs that I brought on did have an impact on the game. People ask ‘why do they not get on earlier?’; Kyle [Jordan] had a couple of chances, he’s down well in and around the box and I just thought give him another five or ten minutes and he might have been able to stick the ball in the back of the net. So we looked at making the changes, but because it was so tight we had to manage it right.” 

With Thackley away this Tuesday, Denton is happy to get his players re-grouped as we look to take all three points from the relegation-threatened side. 

“We will be looking towards getting the lads’ rehab right, make sure we look after ourselves over the next few days going into the Thackley game. I can’t see many changes for Tuesday’s match, there will certainly be no players coming in. I’m really happy with what we’ve got; Charlie Taylor and Jamie Price are both out with hamstring injuries, but we have a few lads knocking on the Senior door from the Under-19s. So we’re getting there and I’m the one who can get us to improve.” 
By Luke Atherton 

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