‘My players were honest and open and they know that first half wasn’t acceptable’ 

Those were the comments from Worksop manager Craig Denton after a 3-1 victory away at Thackley, as we look to take another three points against Athersley Recreation this Saturday afternoon. 

The result didn’t flatter the Tigers, however, the first-half display suggested otherwise after going into the interval 1-0 behind. Denton and his backroom staff understood it was unacceptable and the reaction in the second half proved that. Worksop were lethal when they changed gear and played on the front foot. There was a similar performance in the previous match against Handsworth Parramore, however, we couldn’t take advantage of the chances we created on that occasion. 

Denton will be looking for the second-half performances in our previous two matches from the start against Athersley at home tomorrow afternoon. 

Athersley have had a strange run of results in their past six matches, winning three and losing three; they couldn’t find any consistency as they won and lost alternately. Our opponents have a habit of leaking goals, conceding 15 in those last six games. The worst defensive performance in recent matches was the 8-0 thrashing at home to Hemsworth Miners Welfare; Nash Connelly scored a hat-trick for the Leeds based side. 

Despite these results, the Rec come into the game high on confidence after a hard-fought 1-0 victory at home to Barton Town thanks to Lee Garside, who scored from the spot in the 22nd minute. 

Worksop come into the game on the back of that sterling second-half performance at Thackley. Matthew Sykes was too much for the Dennyboys’ defence to handle as he netted twice after Mitchell had got us on level terms. The whole squad looked solid and dominated the majority of the second half. 

Worksop have shown that they have goals in their locker with the number of chances they created last Tuesday night. Athersley’s defence is their weakness after conceding quite a few in the previous two months. This is something we can expose this Saturday. We can’t approach the game with a relaxed attitude; the lads need to start on the front foot like we have in our last two second-half performances. Another three points is required to keep in touch with the teams above, with games in hand over most of the other sides. 

One of Denton’s backroom staff, coach Wayne Thompson, will be looking to get one over his former employers. Thompson was in charge of the Rec, however, things didn’t work out there and the following season Wayne linked up with Dents and Rob Poulter at Rainworth Miners Welfare. 

Let’s get down to Sandy Lane tomorrow afternoon to see Worksop attempt to extend their unbeaten run to four matches. Having lost one in our previous seven games, the squad are not playing for the whole of the 90 minutes at the level we can play, but we’re grinding out results and have looked dangerous in several spells of recent games. Another big turnout at Sandy Lane could be the key to the squad coming away with a victory. Several players have mentioned in past interviews that they love the support they get; the atmosphere from the terraces spurs them onto getting a result. 

By Luke Atherton

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