Worksop gaffer Craig Denton shared his thoughts after a thrilling end to the game against Frickley, with the Tigers coming from behind to win 2-1 in West Yorkshire. Former Tiger Jake Currie scored from a tight angle in the first half, before two late goals — a thunderous long range effort from Lynton Karkach and a bullet header from centre-back Matt Reay — gave Worksop a fantastic first away win of the new season.
Denton said: “I’m a little bit disappointed really. I thought with the quick turnover in games, playing Saturday and then Monday, had an impact on us. I generally thought we have a lot more in our locker and I didn’t think we threatened them when we were on the ball as much as we should have. When they went down to ten men, I thought we created more chances, but I was very concerned about the chances they created. After saying that, I was really happy we got the win; I thought Frickley were hard done by today, like what happened to us on Saturday at Ilkeston. You never know what’s going to happen in the dying stages of the game. I thought in the second half we got loads of balls into feet, we crossed the ball and created our chances, and at the end of the day we walked away with the three points. The weather conditions today were unbearable for both sides and it was a tough ask for the lads to play today, but these are the demands of the league.
“Jack Brownell came into the starting eleven today; he’s done well in that first half for us. I wanted to make a few changes during the start of the second half so we could get at their full-backs, which I thought we did really well. We put Linny [Lynton Karkach] in there as a wide insurance option to get out on the flanks; Gazza [Andrew Gascoigne] wasn’t 100 percent today and Metts [Leon Mettam] was struggling, then you get Deegs [Deegan Atherton] who isn’t fit enough because of a knock he picked up on Saturday. I thought Ben Rhodes, who filled in for Deegs, did a really good job today, but the man of the match has to be Niall Smith — he was magnificent. His deliveries were excellent and I thought his desire to get onto the ball and to drive forward with it was brilliant this afternoon.”
With the squad short and games coming thick and fast, the Tigers will be looking to bring in some fresh legs to help out thanks to injuries, suspensions or work duties. Certainly today it could given a few of the lads breathing room before Saturday’s fixture at home to Kisdgrove on Saturday at 3pm.
Denton continued: “We are looking for one or two players to bring in. With the size of the squad and the intensity of the league I think I need to protect the players, and by bringing one or two lads in it will help them out. Certainly with the short period between training and games, I think it is important that we don’t rely on 14, 15, 16 lads, so we might bring someone in to help us out. But I think we are finding our feet and I’m happy to get the six points on the board. We look forward to Saturday and the lads will be ready and raring to go.”
“I think most clubs will be wanting to get points early. Points on Saturday would be amazing and that will be something we will try and execute. I think today’s result will give us that little lift, certainly after seeing those six points when they look at the table. I think it’s amazing, from where we have come from to where we are, and I believe the lads have the ability to do things in this league, which we’ve shown already.”
By Luke Atherton