Worksop Town’s full-back Niall Smith shared his thoughts on the 2-1 win against Frickley Athletic on Saturday, where he put in a Man of the Match performance. 

Smith discussed the team performance from the Tigers and his own individual efforts. 

Smith commented: “I thought we could have been a little bit better, especially in the first half. We did create a few chances but we were sometimes open at the back which let Frickley in. As the game passed by, we did grow into it more but they still seemed to be creating chances even when they had ten men. We always thought if we could get a goal back, Frickley would have lost their heads and we were going to get on top. Luckily, Steve Woolley has put in a fantastic ball from the corner and Matt Reay has headed the ball into the net to give us a victory.”

“It was tough running down the wing in the second half, it was boiling. I was pleased with my performance, although my crossing in the first half could have been a lot better, I shanked a few out of play! All the team worked so hard, and all the fans were so loud — they never stopped the whole way through.” 

Smith then spoke about the importance of the win.

“It was massively important; everyone was disappointed from the Ilkeston game, especially losing it like we did with the last kick of the game. We knew we had to come here and get all three points. There was no room for error here. Getting nothing from the game would have been a disaster, so we’re pleased the second-half performance has allowed us to get the win.”

Smith went on to praise the travelling Tigers fans. 

“I was buzzing that the fans were singing my name, it was going on for quite a while! It was brilliant, it gave me that extra 5% I needed to finish off the match. David Reay gave me the ball, and I’ve ran the whole length of the pitch, and the fans were still chanting my name! They were great today, as they always have been.”

Niall ended with telling us how Worksop will be approaching the Kidsgrove game next Saturday. 

“The same as we approached the Frickley game! We go into every game trying to win. We never go into a game trying to sit back. Hopefully we can take the positives from this game and try to get a run going.”

By Mitchell Radford. 

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