Words: Devon Cash
Deegan Atherton claimed wearing the captain’s armband was a proud moment for the defender, as Worksop Town beat Chasetown 3-1 at Sandy Lane.
The 19-year-old formed a strong partnership with Ben Rhodes as the two complimented each other in a back four which was somewhat make-shift compared to the norm.
“I thought we played well,” said Atherton. “We took it back to basics really, with going back to 4-4-2 and where there are no mistakes and no risks. We hit the channels, got in behind, got the striker in behind and it worked.
“Everyone battled and we won most of our battles, and that’s all you need to do at this level.
“It’s been a hard few weeks because everyone has been putting the work in, but we haven’t had that quality to win games.
“It’s been frustrating and our confidence has gone down a bit, but like I have said, we’ve been working really hard.
“Getting that win today really put a smile on our faces and we’re really happy about that.
“Today was the first real league game that I have been captain so it was a real proud moment for me and again, I’m really happy to be it.
“I was walking onto the pitch for the warm-up and KJ [Kyle Jordan] shouted me in to go and see the referee as I was the captain, so that was when I first knew – he didn’t say anything to me before then.
“He just wanted me to do my normal game really and that’s what I’ve tried to do, but with also having that armband, I tried to be that extra leader and be a bit louder on that pitch and I hoped it worked.”
Next up for the Tigers is a League Cup game against Matlock Town.
Atherton believes Worksop must play their own game if they are to get anything from Wednesday’s tie.
He added: “I think we just play our own game and do what we’re best at because that will be the only way that we will get something out of that game, as well as not focusing on them as much.
“It is a tough run of games coming up, but it is going to be anyway as any team at this level will be tough to play against.
“We need to keep working hard, keep doing what we’re doing and hopefully the results come in for us.”