Under-21s manager Ryan Hall reacted to his side’s 2-2 draw with Frickley Athletic as they prepare for the league opener next week.

The Tigers got off to a perfect start as Isaac Darien linked up with his strike partner to fire past the ‘keeper in the fifth minute.

Darien then bagged his brace as he took advantage of a mistake from the visitors to fire into an open net from range.

Frickley pulled a goal back from the spot just before half-time.

The second half was a lot more scrappy and as we entered the closing minutes, Worksop were reduced to ten men after a coming-together, before heartbreak in the third minute of added time as Frickley struck level.

Ryan Hall was happy with his side’s first-half output, but insisted that the team need to work on their shape.

“I thought we played well in the first half and then I thought in the second half we lost our standards and the red card ruined us a little in terms of shape, so it was hard for us to adjust to. We haven’t had a situation like that in pre-season, and we’ve not a lot of contact time in training in order to work on our shape – that will be our aim on Thursday, to work on our set-up and how to work with ten men if we ever end up like that again.

“First half, we looked good and I was really impressed with the lads. They have really taken on what we have wanted and we’ve done well. The first 30 minutes we blew them away with our attacking play. Frickley had a 15-minute spell where I think we need to learn and work on more. It is a young side who haven’t been together long, so working towards the end goal won’t come overnight. We have a tough first [league] game coming up so we will work hard in training for that game.”

Ryan then expressed his gratitude for the performance of striker Isaac Darien.

“It was a man-of-the-match performance from Isaac. He held the ball up well, ran the channels and finished well – I think he had two shots, two goals, and last Thursday he had the same shots and one goal, so his return is looking great for a number nine. His all-round game is brilliant, so I am pleased he has come back to the club.”

Worksop start the campaign against Staveley Miners Welfare at Sandy Lane on Thursday 12th August.

This is a fixture that Ryan is chomping at the bit to get under way.

“I cant wait for the first league game. Everyone knows you’re looking forward to the first game and getting competitive points on the board and having competitive football to look forward to. We have training on Thursday and a light session Tuesday, and we will also have some team bonding with the lads by watching the England game together before playing on Thursday, and hopefully we’ll get our first three points of the season.”

By Devon Cash.

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