Words: Luke Atherton
Worksop Town manager Kyle Jordan will be looking to inject some new confidence following last Saturday’s “unacceptable” 3-1 defeat at Sheffield FC.
The young manager was struggling to take any positives from last weekend’s game, which would have been a major worry to address for this weekend as the 2019/20 season enters the final stretch.
“Are they looking forward to Saturday to put it right or not?”, Jordan questioned. “We lacked a little bit of leadership on the field [against Sheffield].
“Chasetown have turned their fortunes around, so Saturday will be very tough.
“Pride is at stake with us coming into it on the run of four defeats. It will test the lads’ character, because it will be tougher over there.
“We don’t know what sort of reaction you’re going to get from your players, not just the next performance, but also to continue that to the following game away to Newcastle Town.”
Chasetown have been in fine form in recent weeks, winning three out of their last four games.
The Scholars’ last outing saw them take an impressive 3-0 victory at Spalding United, courtesy of a James O’Neill opener just after the half-hour mark and a late brace from George Carter.
Before that, they beat Belper Town 1-0, there was a 3-2 victory at Stocksbridge Park Steels, and they took a valuable point at table-toppers Carlton Town.
One of the main danger men to look out for is the aforementioned Carter, who has scored three goals in his last two games:, with that brace against Spalding and one of the goals in the Stocksbridge match.
Carter will be full of confidence as he looks to test the Worksop defence, who have shipped nine goals in their last five games.
The reverse fixture ended in defeat for Chasetown. Winger Lynton Karkach opened the scoring from a goalmouth scramble, before the visitors replied moments later. Steven McDonnell put the Tigers back ahead instantly, but had to wait until the end of the game to seal his brace.
A memorable fixture was during the 2011/12 campaign. Worksop edged the tight affair, which finished 2-1. Anthony Maguire scored on his Chasetown debut before a goal from Ashley Burbeary and a Luke Shiels header made sure the points went back to Sandy Lane.
This will no doubt be another stern test for Jordan’s men, and after a few bad performances, he will be eager to stop the rot this weekend and end Chasetown’s run.
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