Worksop gaffer Craig Denton shared his thoughts after a hard-fought 2-1 victory away at Garforth Town.

The result was a fair reflection of the game; the Tigers deserved the three points but the game was a tight contest. Denton outlined the key roles played by our engine room and the wide men and was disappointed to concede a goal that could have been avoided.

“I thought our energy levels were really high. Our desire to win the ball was second-to-none. The task today was to get the three points. Garforth made it difficult for us in the closing stages by pushing bodies forward. Not being disrespectful to Garforth, but they’ve nothing to play for, whereas we really needed the three points.

“Despite the conditions we played really well; I thought Danny Patterson and Steve Woolley played really well today. Macca [Steve McDonnell] and [Matthew] Sykes offered us lots going forward. As soon as we got that goal it gave us belief, then we conceded a sloppy goal, but the three points is all that matters.

“It’s really important to keep the momentum going, as performances get you results. Today with the windy conditions it was important to play on the front foot. The man in the middle missed the later penalty shout; I think we should’ve had two today, which might have made it more comfortable towards the end. Like I say, it was backs against the wall, Garforth threw everything at us and we defended really well.”

With two trips away to Maltby in less than a week, Denton will have some thinking to do about who to play on Wednesday and Saturday. We play them away in the NCEL League Cup before returning in the league on Saturday. Denton has hinted at giving some other players some game time on Wednesday, so expect a different line-up.

“We’ve got a couple of lads who are cup-tied for the Maltby game, because they’ve represented other clubs. So what we will do is look at who’s fit and ready to go; we’ve had a couple of knocks, so we will re-assess that and we will be picking a side to hopefully try and win the game. The same goes for Saturday’s league game. We will be doing some mid-week training after Wednesday’s match. But this Wednesday I will looking to give some of the lads a few minutes.

Another fantastic turnout from the Tigers helped the lads push on for another valuable three points in the hunt for Evo-Stik football next season.

“The fans were brilliant today as always. It’s really important to have the fans on our side to keep the momentum. When it was backs against the wall at 1-1, the fans kept cheering and spurring us on, and that’s what the lads need. We really appreciate it, so thanks again for the fans that have travelled today.”

By Luke Atherton

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