Words: Devon Cash
Matthew Sykes made his return to Worksop Town on Wednesday night, coming off the bench to make his 50th appearance for the club.
Sykes has made the switch back to Sandy Lane from Yorkshire Amateur in order to help the club, and the winger has stated that he is happy to return.
“It was class to be back,” said Sykes after Worksop’s League Cup exit to Matlock Town. “The lads have complained that the pitch isn’t as last year, but compared to where I have come back from, it is miles better.
“I loved coming back on and hearing the fans again. It is just a good club to be at, especially with how good the fans are because it makes the world of difference to my playing style — I need people to be pushing me on, and that is exactly what I get here and it makes me play a level up.
“It was a shame that Mitch [Craig Mitchell] got sent off early because I thought we matched them quite well before then.
“I didn’t get as much of a chance tonight, but hopefully in the future I will get more minutes and hopefully return to the form I showed last year.”
Sykes netted 32 goals last campaign, including 19 during our record-breaking 22-game winning run which helped us claim a momentous NCEL League and Cup double.
Sykes added: “Me and Kyle still play together on a Monday night at five-a-side, so we have been talking about it for a while, joking about when am I coming back and I had to reply that I wasn’t, but this Monday was a completely different conversation, it was very exciting.
“During the five-a-side game, I was thinking that I couldn’t wait for Wednesday night and I think Kyle was the same. It was the right decision all around to come back.
“I don’t know if there is unfinished business really, I think it is more of a chance to prove myself in the league above. Last year was everything and more in terms of achievements. I guess it is a sense of unfinished business in terms of the league, it is a new challenge, but that isn’t really the agenda, I just want to come back and enjoy my football again and there is no better place to do that.
“The boys are class and they are another big reason for coming back. Everyone is brilliant. I just want to enjoy my football again and you enjoy it the most when you are out playing with your mates, and that is what they all are.
“The circumstances are a little different this season, it is more difficult. The fans are massive and if they get behind the players like they did last year then they will make the world of difference and there are a lot more points to be gained. I’m sure the fans will always be behind us.”