Worksop Town manager Kyle Jordan shared his thoughts after a hard-fought 3-0 victory against County side Eccelsfield Red Rose in the third round of the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior cup at Sandy Lane. Goals from Steve McDonnell, Lynton Karkach and Ben Rhodes sealed the tie in Worksop’s favour.
Jordan said: “They got the job done. There were times in the game where we looked a little bit slow, where we moved the ball at a slower tempo. Credit to Ecclesfield who worked really hard, they put themselves about and made it difficult for us to break them down. In truth, I thought we were really poor first half, not so much on the effort side but I thought we lacked a bit of quality up front. Not being able to play for a while because of the weather showed tonight. After saying that, the lads got the job done so I can’t grumble too much.
“It was a similar scenario [for Ecclesfield] to the game plan we had at Whitby. We went there with a game plan to try and stay in the game for as long as possible. I thought Ecclesfield were very effective in that department tonight, especially first half; I was thinking credit to them and also frustrated with how we were on the ball. I thought with Harry [Holland], who has been excellent for us this season, his passing wasn’t quite there in the first half but he came into life in the second half.
Jordan then spoke of what could lie ahead: “Obviously, everyone likes getting to a cup final, it’s brilliant for clubs like us with a big fan base. It’s something that everyone looks forward to and it would be great if we got there. We’re now in the quarter-finals, so we have two hard games to overcome first. It’s something everyone will want, silverware at the end of the season.
Jordan then turned his attention to Deegan Atherton, who featured as captain of the side: “Deegan is a good blend with the young lads in the team tonight, so I thought with his connection to the Under-21s he would be the right leader for tonight’s game. He’s brilliant, he rarely has a bad game, he’s honest and he listens to what you say. He takes everything on board and tonight he was brilliant and our best player, head and shoulders above everybody. I said to the lads tonight that I want the lads to play like they would on a Saturday and he is one of those players you can absolutely bank on. He won his headers and his tackles, he stepped up tonight, and I’m pleased for him.”
It’s back to league action on Saturday with a trip to Stocksbridge Park Steels, and Jordan looked ahead to that and the run up to Christmas.
Jordan continued: “We know Stocksbridge will be good on the ball. There’s a few of our lads from last year who play for them now. Trenchy [Michael Trench] and Macca [Steve McDonnell] played for them, although Macca has come back here since, and they also have Ross Goodwin. We’re looking forward to the game like we would do any game, and with us having a little bit of something between us and with a good pitch and hopefully good conditions, it’s a game we’re really looking forward to. We now have a good run of games where we kind of avoid the sides towards the top of the table until the new year, so it’s important for us to get as many points on the board as we can. If we can get ourselves up there we have a good chance of achieving our aim of getting that all-important play-off spot.”
By Luke Atherton