Worksop winger Matthew Sykes shared his thoughts after a thumping 4-0 away victory against Albion Sports to finally get back into the Northern Premier League. Sykes bagged himself a brace to send his goal tally up to 31 for the season.

 

Worksop’s talisman spoke about the high number of chances that the Tigers carved out in the first half. Certain periods of play were crucial for the Tigers, especially in between the first and last goal.

Matt netted his and his side’s first goal with a rocket of an effort from the spot after Mitchell was bundled over in the box.

The second came as McDonnell latched onto a deflected effort from which the forward stroked home.

Two minutes later, Lee Hill shocked everyone at Throstle Nest as he rifled a 30-yard free-kick into the top right corner.

And on the stroke of half-time, Sykes bagged his brace as he took the ball past the Sports right-back before hitting a sweet effort which seemed to go in slow motion as it went across goal and into the bottom corner.

Sykes said, “We were all excited for today’s game. We knew we had enough chances to win the game. We squandered some early chances which could’ve have had a bad effect on the squad, but we were always confident that we would create more chances, which we did. Macca [Steve McDonnell] put his goal away, and from that point the lads were full of confidence and we were always going to win.

 

“I think we had enough chances in the first half, but I don’t think we converted as many as we should have. We had that many chances in the first half that the game was pretty much done and dusted. I think the sending-off was a massive moment in the game.”

 

Although Sykes had gone through a mini goal drought and emotions had been running high in recent games, the winger put all those problems behind him to guide the Tigers to their first promotion in 21 years. He expressed how aiming for the tally helped him and the team to get the job done.

 

“I think the frustrations got the better of me in recent games, but today I thought, ‘forget about it’. The league was the main focus today but getting past the 30-goal mark is a great achievement for myself. I think I used that to my advantage to help us get over the line today. I thought we passed expectations this afternoon and I thought we deserved to win the league like we did.”

 

By Luke Atherton

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