The Tigers came from behind to win the fixture with the last kick of the game to send the Tigers faithful into raptures.
Worksop started on the back foot in the first half as the home side went two goals to the good thanks to strikes from Pembleton and Bemrose.
The Tigers had a mountain to climb in the second period, which started with Matthew Sykes being brought down in the area as he hit an effort towards goal. The referee blew for a penalty and Worksop’s top scorer stepped up and confidently tucked his penalty home just after the hour mark.
Sykes then netted his brace when he was on hand to control Goodwin’s wayward shot and poke the ball past the keeper. This was the forward’s 26th goal of the campaign.
Then at the death, Calum Ward was thwarted on the corner of the area. This allowed Matt Sykes to fizz a free-kick towards the back post where Matt Reay headed across goal for Steve Wankiewicz to convert the winner before celebrating with the travelling support.
Denton was disappointed with how the first half panned put, but he praised his side’s resilience to win the game.
“It was unbelievable to be honest. We came in at half-time and we were disappointed with the quality that we showed. It was difficult with blowing gale-force winds and we didn’t adapt to it very well like we normally do. We would normally assess the first half-hour and go in at the break 0-0. When we came in at half-time, there was so much belief in the dressing room that we knew if we got that early goal then we would go on to get something out of the game – whether that be a point or all three. The lads genuinely believed in what we could do and set out to get that early goal. KJ [Kyle Jordan] came on with around 5-10 minutes left and had a couple of chances; it was all us for the last 15 minutes and we showed lots of resilience in wanting to get that win.”
Denton then spoke about the difficult weather conditions.
“It really affected us in the first half and it played into their hands a little bit, but we knew that it would be reversed in the second period. For me, it was just our willingness to win and our resilience not to lose it. At half-time, would I have taken a point? Yes, I probably would have, but coming away with three points is a massive statement from our lads with our ‘never say die’ attitude.”
The Worksop Town manager expressed what that winner meant to the supporters.
“It meant a lot to the travelling fans, but it also meant loads to the players – as you saw at the end. The subs were celebrating and running into the pitch, the players were in the crowd, it meant so much to the lads. Again, it puts a statement out there that we don’t want to lose and Bottesford had made it difficult, and we didn’t take them for granted as it was a tough game. It was special for the players, fans, and especially me.”
Next up for the Tigers is a midweek trip to Staveley Miners Welfare in the NCEL League Cup.
“We know we want to keep a run going, but we must be mindful that where we are in the league is testament to every squad member, so for us to change things, we don’t see that as making our squad weaker. We change it to give people game time, to keep players sharp, and to keep players fit and ready for that midweek game.”
By Devon Cash