Worksop Town manager Craig Denton reflected on a great 3-0 victory away to Selby Town.
It was a solid display from the Tigers who looked comfortable in possession and a danger going forward – certainly in the second-half.
Denton explained the reason for some changes from Tuesday night with a few injuries and lads being away on holiday. He also elaborated on making changes to try new systems out before the start of the new campaign.
Worksop seems to steam-roll over Selby in the second period with all three goals coming later in the last quarter. Denton was happy with the lad’s fitness in the last 20 minutes which killed the game off.
Denton said: “It was a warm muggy day. I thought we started off brightly in the first 10-15 minutes and then Selby came into the game, they were a good side. They were strong, powerful and put their bodies on the line. In the first-half, we asked our players to do something a bit in-natural today. We changed our style to get players on the ball and that’s all part of our preparation for the new season. Teams try out different styles during this period and that was why we did it today.
“I thought we were very good in the second-half. Leon Mettam gave us a lot upfront, Jed Phillips got his second wind in the second-half in the centre of the park, Matthew Templeton and Lynton Karkach were a real handful down the flanks. That’s not to say that the starting eleven wasn’t as strong as the team in the second-half. We just thought in the last 20 minutes the fitness levels would be the difference which turned out to be the reason. After saying that, the three goals were great strikes and I thought today’s game set us up nicely for the Boston United game on Monday.”
Winger Matthew Templeton got himself on the scoresheet after a horrible injury after last season’s opener against Goole AFC. He took his goal very well with a neat finish into the ‘keeper’s bottom left-hand side of the Selby goal.
Craig followed on with; “He got that bad injury away to Goole at the start of last season. He came back and we kept in touch with him while he went out to Harworth Colliery. Craig Spink looked after him in getting some game time. I really think he’s started the pre-season on the front-foot, all Matt needs to do is to concentrate on his individual fitness and his decision making.”
With Worksop picking up a few injuries earlier this week, Denton will be looking to make some more changes to the starting line-up on Monday as we face a tricky home fixture against Boston United.
Denton continued: “All the changes for Monday are already put in place, we knew when these games were coming, we knew in time when some of the lads would be away. “We picked up a couple of knocks that has been unexpected. Steve Wankiewicz has broken his nose and has a suspected hair-line fracture on the top of his skull, so we will be waiting for the results from the scans on that. Steve Woolley is carrying a bit of a knock on Tuesday night and it’s coming to that point we’re just getting minutes under the belt. With the pre-season games we have, we know what players to use in different games. Monday night will be huge test for the lads against a very good Boston United side. So we might have to change a few things for Monday.”
By Luke Atherton