Words: Luke Atherton
Worksop Town Under-21s manager Ryan Hall was ecstatic with the 3-1 win away to Swallownest.
The young coach spoke of the great response from Worksop after going three games without a victory.
Hall said: “It’s massively important that we got back to winning ways. It helps build momentum after a tough three weeks.
“It’s nice to see the lads’ attacking approach tonight. They’ve hit the bar and missed a few. We scored a couple as well, so I’m over the moon with them. I also thought we did a real professional job and looked more solid at the back.”
Warwick Wood was one of the stand-out performers, and he paid back the faith Hall gave him by scoring his first Worksop goal.
“I’m glad he’s opened his account,” said Hall. “He’s been a rock in that centre midfield. He’s worked really hard on his fitness; when he came to the club in pre-season, he couldn’t play ten minutes.
“Now he’s a massive headache for me and the squad. So it’s good to have those healthy rotations and I’m over the moon for him.”
Midfielder Jack Morton hobbled off with an injury near the end: “We’re unsure about his injury. Knowing Jack he probably won’t get it checked, so I don’t know how serious it’s going to end up.
“It looked serious and he looked in a lot of dis comfort, so I’ll ask him how he’s feeling when I go back into the dressing room.”
Both Hall and first team manager Kyle Jordan managed to come onto the pitch off the bench. Hall was happy to come on and wear the amber and black for the first time.
“KJ wanted to get fit again so he’s available for the first team. He’s come off the bench, and with us being light on bodies, I thought I’d put myself on the bench. I never expected to come on, but I was ecstatic to wear the Worksop shirt.”
The young Tigers face Borrowash Victoria Under-21s away on Monday, and Hall realises the importance of winning, especially as games will come thick and fast due to postponements earlier on in the season.
Hall continued: “It’s huge to go and grab another win on Monday. We’ve just said we’re going to take one game at a time, we will rebuild over February.
“We’ve got a really hard month coming up. It will be after a weekend of football for some of the lads, some will be playing for the first team and some with the county.
“We’ve got to make sure we can recover the best we can and to be ready for Monday when we get there.”