Worksop Town started their pre-season schedule with a win over NCEL side Bridlington Town.
Lynton Karkach got the ball rolling as he volleyed past the ‘keeper on nineteen minutes; however, the Seasiders hit back and equalised instantly through Nathan Walker.
Six minutes later, Karkach grabbed his second and put the Tigers back in front. Deegan Atherton played a one-two with creative midfielder Andrew Gascoigne before drilling the ball into the feet of Karkach, who executed a curling effort into the bottom corner.
The Tigers had the lion’s share of possession in this contest and got their third with ten minutes remaining when Gascoigne turned his man and threaded the ball through to Kyle Jordan, the forward neatly dinking the ball over the out-rushing goalkeeper into the goal.
Craig Denton was happy with how his side conducted themselves against the Seasiders.
“The lads have been training so it was important to get some games under our belt. It’s nice to win games, however it was good to see our lads work hard in and out of possession. It was good to see what it was like for our player recruitment and see if we needed to change anything, but I think we have done really well today. We now go into Tuesday where it is a quick turnaround but that’s what pre-season is about – the games come thick and fast.
“We changed it around during the first half and then changed it more in the second in terms of style and formation – we looked very comfortable in a 4-3-3 at the start before moving to 4-4-2 in the second to get Karkach and Templeton more into the game in the wide areas, we then finished in a 3-5-2 which caused more problems for Bridlington. I thought there were large spells where we were on top, and if I’m honest we were good throughout the game, but we should be as we have been working really hard. It’s early days though and we thank Bridlington for their hospitality, and I think we both got a lot out of this game today. It was a good game of football that was played in the right way with a good tempo.”
Andrew Gascoigne made his first appearance in Tigers colours and impressed throughout with his creativity and calmness on the ball.
Denton expressed his happiness about how all the players connected and impressed.
“Gascoigne has that in his locker. He isn’t necessarily a box-to-box kind of player, but his quality hugely stands out in the final third. We saw that with [Leon] Mettam too, with linking the play. Kyle Jordan took his goal well, and Lynton Karkach has done magnificently and has scored two. I think everyone worked hard on and off the ball with their link-up play, and I was really pleased with them today.
Next up for Worksop are Sheffield Wednesday Under-23s who travel to Sandy Lane on Tuesday night.
The gaffer believes the visit of the Owls will prove to be a tough contest for his side.
“It’s going to be a difficult game, like I have mentioned before. You’ll notice that our pre-season schedule – against the likes of Bridlington, Boston United, Sheffield Wednesday, Swallownest – are all different levels of tests and styles which is good for us. Tuesday night will be hard. We’re up against an Under-23 side of a professional outfit who train several times a week; most are on a full-time footballers wage and we’re up against them. They certainly won’t be taking it easy and will be going at full whack to impress the manager and try to get into the first team. It will be a challenge and I want my lads to work hard for it.”
By Devon Cash