Worksop Town followed up their win against Thackley AFC in midweek with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Athersley Recreation.

The Tigers started very quickly – 58 seconds to be exact – as Craig Mitchell was on hand to poke Steve McDonnell’s near-post cross past the ‘keeper, who was rooted to the spot.

McDonnell then turned from provider to goal-scorer as he pounced to tuck home the rebound from his initial attempt in the third minute.

Worksop Town were then awarded a penalty when Steve Woolley’s free-kick crashed against the arm of a player in the wall, with the referee blowing for a spot-kick. Kyle Jordan stepped up and coolly sent the keeper the wrong way, placing it in the opposite corner.

The visitors were reduced to ten men when Dale Bettoner went in heavy on McDonnell with his studs up; the referee showed no hesitation in showing the red card.

The win was pretty much wrapped up when Steve Woolley played an exquisite ball through to Matt Sykes, who raced away from his marker before rifling the ball into the top corner.


Denton was happy with the first period but insists his side must iron out the errors in the second half.

“I thought we were excellent in the first-half. We came out of the traps nice and bright and we started on the front foot which is the reaction we were looking for from Tuesday night.

“We need to be on the front foot, playing forward and getting balls into the right areas, which I think we were excellent at, so we reaped the rewards and were 1-0 up inside a minute.

“They were reduced to ten men and we’ve come into the break 4-0 up; we came out in the second half where we weren’t at it, to be honest, and we did drop off.

“We have to show respect to Athersley Rec and with them losing 4-0 [at half time], their gaffer will have had words, so when they came out for the second period we should have been mindful.

“Worksop Town are a massive club but we must avoid the mentality that we will just turn up and just roll teams over, especially at home. We cant expect to knock seven or eight in; it doesn’t [generally] happen at this standard. I was disappointed with the second half, but it’s three points on the board, which is what we want and what we got, so it’s a positive result and we will just figure out how to outline those problems in regards to that second half. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure those areas and that’s the job Rob and I have.

“We are back training this week preparing for Saturday’s game against Thackley.”


Denton was pleased that his attackers were on the scoresheet.

“Its great for our forwards to get on the scoresheet. It’s what they get paid for.

“I was more pleased about how we did the simple things, which we did well. We got the balls out wide to Sykes and McDonnell. I thought Jordan and Mitchell were good at slipping the ball through.

“This side is full of quality. We’re going to create chances and our centre-forwards have put the ball into the back of the net. People said it was dead and buried at half-time, which is hard for players when they are 4-0 up and the opposition are down to ten men, but they need to show more resilience.

“I’m happy for our strikers and goals get you points.”


The Tigers face Thackley AFC at Sandy Lane next Saturday, 11 days after Worksop beat them 3-1.

“We’ll train midweek, we’ll look at our shape and look and see if we have any injuries as we need to prepare for that game as it won’t be easy, we saw that Tuesday night.

“With the quality that we have, when we turn it on and go on the front foot then we make it easy for ourselves and make it difficult for the opposition, so it is down to the players. It doesn’t matter what system we play or the tactics we use; if those players want to turn it on then we will put teams to bed.

“I think we need to go into Saturday’s game looking for that performance and to get those three points.


By Devon Cash

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