Worksop Town face an almighty task on Saturday when Scott Mason brings his Maltby Main side to Sandy Lane. After a great start to the season, Maltby have had a little hiccup as of late but Town manager Craig Denton is under no illusions on the task ahead.
First Denton reflected on their 3-3 draw with Knaresborough on Saturday, “On Saturday we got a well-earned point away against a good Knaresborough side. I can really see why they’re right up there. They’re solid and compact, really hard to break down and they’ve got some good individuals. We took it to literally the last minute to get an equaliser but I think we deserved a little bit of luck in recent weeks and recent games, coming up against Handsworth and Brid. The opposition have scored and we’ve taken nothing away from the games. They’ve gone and scored in literally the last minute so we got bit of luck and we’re delighted about that.
On Tuesday night The Tigers made the shift journey to face Sheffield FC in the Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup, beating the world’s oldest club 3-1, “On Tuesday we played in the Cup against Sheffield FC who had a few players missing and they had to make a few changes; so did we. We wanted to give a couple of players some game time. We started with three subs before the kick-off. Just before the lads went into the dressing room for the first half, Laurie Wilson went down injured and wasn’t able to even start the game. We had to make a change and bring Max Pemberton in, which left us with two subs on the night. We were quite low on numbers in that game through suspensions and injuries.
“I thought the lads really pulled together and put a performance in – put a shift in, I’d say – and they beat a good side.
“It’s difficult for us even to put any under 19’s in because they had to have been signed as a Worksop Town player at least seven days before the kick-off. We had Danny Patterson and Connor Brunt who are suspended and, with us being a Step 5 side, we weren’t able to play them. If we were Step 4 or above we’d get the opportunity to play suspended players because the League doesn’t class it as a first team game.
“So there are a couple of strange rules but we put a side out, they worked hard and we won the game, which is nice for the travelling Worksop fans and obviously the club.”
On the ruling Denton could see the advantage to it, “It gets their games out of the way so we’ve got Connor Brunt returning back to us on Saturday and Danny Patterson’s just got one more game to sit out and he’ll be back in after Saturday.
Then Denton moved onto Saturday, “Yes, they will be and, with Maltby, everyone knows that they’re a strong, powerful side. They don’t lie down and take a beating. They literally run through brick walls, they’re solid and I’ve seen a couple of results. They started off really well at the beginning of the season but they’ve not taken any wins in their last four. They’ll be dying to get a win and going to Sandy Lane and playing Worksop Town is another big one. Playing in front of 300-400 fans is great for players so they’ll probably chuck an extra 10% or 15% at us, which most clubs in the league do when they come up against Worksop, Handsworth and Brid. I think teams just find that little bit of an edge and chuck that extra 10%-15% in.
Saturday also sees Non-League Day and Denton explained what the club has and will be doing for the day, “The club have made a few announcements on social media, a few poster. They’re obviously trying to get a lot of families through the turnstiles to come and support and have a great day. They’ve got some activities on; I presume a bouncy castle and face painting, all that sort of stuff.
“I think that’s all going to be happening and the drinks bar will probably be open quite early and getting people in. I think it’s going to be a great day if anybody can actually get down to Sandy Lane, it’ll be great. A great day not just in football but in terms of being able to come down to the club, watch the game and take on board some of the activities there are for the kids to have a go on and stuff like at. Yes, it would be great to see some faces down there.”
And lastly, we asked Denton to comment on the most important situation, “have you got your new kitchen ordered?”
Denton quipped, “No, we haven’t got a new kitchen ordered yet! Unfortunately not! We’re still saving, yeah!”