Can Jordan get his first win as Tigers coach in Shropshire?

 

Worksop Town manager Kyle Jordan will be taking his first ever away game as permanent manager today, as Worksop travel to rock-bottom Market Drayton Town. After the past few results, The Tigers will be looking to get back on track with a win against the bottom side.  

 

Last weekends result didn’t reflect the performance that the Tigers showed, Worksop had numerous chances, but couldn’t seem to make anything stick. If they can convert similar opportunities this weekend, the Worksop fans will be hopeful of coming back with smiles on their faces.  

Our opponents

Market Drayton Town were unofficially formed in 1893, and records show that there were, at one time, three teams playing in Market Drayton.  

After the Second World War, the Town was reduced to two teams. Market Drayton won numerous leagues and cups throughout the 50’s, resulting in the Gingerbread Men entering the West Midlands League.

 

The club didn’t reach any kind of success until the 2003-04 campaign where the club started their best era to date. Drayton Town won an impressive 9 trophies in 18 years; they won the Shropshire Senior Cup three times in a row during the 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons. The club won the competition on three other occasions at the end of the 2010-11, 2014-15 and 2015-16 campaigns. After gaining entry in to the West Midland Premier Division, Drayton went on to win the league at the finish of the 2004-05 season. The Shropshire side have also won the Midland Football cup in the 2008-09 season.

 

Players to watch

Lance Mayo: This playmaker is a new signing for the club and will be making his debut in today’s fixture. He is a player that brings quality to the table after coming through Mansfield’s academy and playing for North Ferriby United. Mayo has also represented Zimbabwe at youth level, so he could cause the Worksop defence some problems today.

He is very skilful and will test Worksop’s resilience, he will need to lift the spirts of the side currently standing at the foot of the league.

 

Lucas-Green Birch: The midfielder joined the club at the start of last month on a month’s loan from League Two club Port Vale. Birch comes fresh off a new full-time contract that he has secured with Port Vale and will be wanting to impress today.

 

He will have a very tough midfield battle with the likes of Tigers skipper Danny Patterson to contend with. Birch can be a very important part of how Market Drayton Town set up by winning the midfield battle to free up the attacks and take the pressure off the leaky defence the Gingerbread Men have had so far.

 

Andy Hartlebury: This was the most popular signing of the summer, with Hartlebury already a fans favourite from his previous stint at the club. He produced what was reported as some memorable performances at the back for Market Drayton Town, and will hoping for another memorable performance today.

 

Drayton will be relying on personalities like Hartlebury to be a rock at the back and to stop the pressure that the Tigers frontline will give. Three points is a must for the Tigers and I’m more than confident that Worksop will give it everything that they’ve got. If Hartlebury can hold this for 90 minutes then Drayton could go on to pick up some valuable points as they look to get off the bottom of the league.

 

By Luke Atherton

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