Words: Devon Cash
Aaron Sennett-Neilson scored his first goal for the Tigers in a bright performance as Worksop Town beat Chasetown FC 2-0.
Sennett-Neilson opened the scoring three minutes after the restart as he brought down a cross-field ball before cutting across his marker and drilling the ball into the ‘keeper’s left-hand corner.
Sennett-Neilson explained: “As soon as I got the ball, I thought ‘I have to shoot here’, so I just faced the defender up and I tried to get a yard on him and get a shot off.
“The full-back went more inside and the centre-half came more towards me, so I just thought that because I had a little more time on the ball, I had that little switch to drive the ball inside, so I think that’s when I think I made my decision to shoot.
“I didn’t expect to even score that goal or anything like that, so it was really good and hopefully I can score a lot more like that too.”
The former Sheffield Wednesday and Chesterfield winger replaced James Gregory in the 32nd minute and put in a fine display as he was able to stretch a then-tight Scholars backline.
“I didn’t expect to be asked to come on so early,” admitted Sennett-Neilson. “They [Kyle Jordan and James Kay] were talking about it on the sidelines, but it was good to get on a little bit earlier than I would usually come on, and I think that 15 minutes really helped me get into it so that the next 45 I was able to go and do what I actually wanted to do.
“I think the physical challenge is 100% different in this league and the Under-21s, so I have had to sort of think about that, and against Sheffield FC I felt I was a little behind, but I think today I have really matched people and I have battled well.”
Manager Kyle Jordan also sung the praises for the Under-21s graduate, admitting he was delighted with the impact from the winger.
Jordan stated: “Sykesy [Matt Sykes] has felt under the weather this week and we thought to ourselves that we would put Sennett-Neilson on the left as there was too much time on the clock for Sykesy to see it out.
“I wasn’t worried about him coming on at all, far from it, as I know what he is like; he is a very good young player with a very good attitude and he deserved his chance, which he has taken.
“Even before he put the ball into the back of the net, we were pleased with his contribution in the first half.
“He was brave enough to get on the ball and brave enough to look after it, so I was really pleased with him.”
Sennett-Neilson may have to wait two weeks before his next outing for Worksop due to the Tigers being without a fixture next week, before travelling to Newcastle Town – however, this wait could be longer due to the COVID-19 outbreak.