Words: Devon Cash
The Tigers’ trait of inconsistency struck again as, after a string of good performances, Worksop Town were defeated by Newcastle Town at Sandy Lane.
Worksop again failed to shrug off their irregularity in form as the hard work they showed in Saturday’s impressive victory over fourth-placed Belper Town was undone in the opening three minutes, as lackadaisical defending from Deegan Atherton saw him bring down Ryan McLean in the area, where he netted from the following spot-kick.
Worksop’s heads sunk after the early opener as they failed to carve out an equaliser and, on the hour, Joshua Glover made it 2-0 with a powerful header from a whipped McLean cross.
“I am frustrated,” stated Jordan. “We are obviously not at that level yet where we can string three, four, five, or six wins together.
“Saturday has clearly taken a lot out of the boys; it was a monumental effort from everybody, they put their bodies on the line.
“We got off to a really poor start with conceding a penalty after two minutes. They [Newcastle Town] surprised me really, I thought they were really good tonight, they moved the ball around well.
“Up front, Newcastle were a handful. Their number seven [McLean] was brilliant and really lively, he always looked to get on the ball and every time he got the ball. I thought something was always going to happen.
“Ben Rhodes and Deegan [Atherton] have been outstanding for the past three games, but they both looked like the weekend had hit them; they were poor in possession, they looked like they had been thrown together off the streets. I don’t want to be too critical as they have been our most stand-out players, but they know they weren’t up to speed.”
Worksop will be looking to put this game behind them and focus on their next fixture against Sutton Coldfield Town.
Sutton were victorious in the reverse fixture just three weeks ago, beating a ten-man Worksop 2-0 at Coles Lane – they have won all three of their following fixtures.
“It will be another game where we can put things right at home.
“We were down there at Sutton the other week and we seem a different proposition now to what we were back then.
“We are very inconsistent, there isn’t a quick fix for that, so as far as I’m concerned tonight is behind us.”