Worksop Town goalkeeper Ben Townsend shared his thoughts after beating Hemsworth Miners Welfare 2-0 in the NCEL League Cup Semi-Final – booking us into the Final which will be played at the Keepmoat Stadium against Liversedge FC on Monday 13th May.
The Tigers showed discipline and a mature performance in what was a very tough semi-final against a strong outfit. Worksop showed what a fantastic balance they have in their arsenal, from attack to defence.
Townsend played his first competitive match in over a year and put in a sterling performance. The opening stages started with Hemsworth on the front foot and Townsend producing some great saves to keep the score level. This allowed the Tigers to focus on opening the scoring, which they did when McDonnell pounced on an error to square to Mitchell for a easy tap-in.
His concentration levels throughout the game were second to none, coming up a great display of discipline when coming for the loose balls that Hemsworth put through the Worksop defence. Matt Sykes eventually added a second and during the dying stages, Townsend pulled off some more terrific saves to prevent a nervy finish for the Tigers.
Townsend said, “I thought collectively we did what we had to do. We knew tonight would be a tough test. We put our bodies on the line and I thought we dealt with it really well. We rose to the occasion tonight, which we have been doing all season. We just keep on winning and we keep doing what we need to do to get ourselves over the line.
“I thought I did alright tonight. It has been a year since my operation [on his anterior cruciate ligament]. It was a big operation, and it’s the first game I’ve played at a competitive level for just over a year. I thought I dealt with the fact that I have not played for a while quite well tonight – certainly with the pressure that Hemsworth put on us through the 90 minutes.”
With another excellent turnout from the Worksop fans, Townsend expressed his gratitude for the support the fans brought for this game, and also for the entire campaign.
“I really would like to thank the fans tonight, but not just tonight but for the whole season. They’ve been absolutely brilliant and I can’t thank them enough. They never stop singing and are a great group of fans.”
By Luke Atherton