Words: Devon Cash
Under-21s manager Ryan Hall was delighted with his side’s 4-2 win over Retford United, despite almost being left to rue missed chances.
Isaac Darien opened the scoring from the edge before Brandon Lee equalised with a tap-in. Joel Cousins then put the Tigers in prime position with his third consecutive hat-trick to give Worksop Town the win.
“There were a lot of missed chances in the game,” said Hall.
“I’ve just said to Joel [Cousins] that even though he got a hat-trick, he ought to have had six.
“We’ve hit the bar, we have hit the post, I’ve lost count of the number of chances we’ve missed; it is a credit to the lads for creating them and we can’t complain about that.
“I said to the lads in there that it’s okay to have all the flair, but you need to remain professional in the job you’re doing, and they are doing those jobs and they’re doing the other side of the game really well, which is what makes us a massive threat.
“They’re listening to what we say and taking it on board, so defensively and offensively we’re solid.
“Zac [Walker] has been class all year and he makes saves that keeps us in games.
“[Joel Cousins] was man of the match and was different class today.
“He has scored 12 in five games, which is a frightening statistic, and we have Isaac [Darien] who has scored his sixth tonight — it’s a gaffer’s dream when players score like that.”
This was Worksop’s first game in over a month, which the young manager admitted was a frustrating factor for his side.
Hall stated: “It has been hard with how the league has been really stop-start; we’ve played four games and then had two off and then we’ve played two cup games and had six weeks off.
“We’re just hoping that we will have a run of games now and build on the momentum that we started with in September and October, but it is always good to come back after Christmas and start the year with a win.”
Worksop are back in Retford next week as they face United’s rivals Retford FC.
“Retford FC will be a different test,” said Hall.
“They’re a very mobile side, they’re fit and get around the pitch well. Our lads will need to be on it, they’ll need to be ready for training.
“Credit where it is due to Retford United tonight and fair play to them, but Retford FC will be a completely different test.”