Worksop Town made the short trip back on Saturday with all three points safely tucked into their pockets thanks to a Steve Woolley superb free kick.
Manager Craig Denton was pleased with the win and also looks forward to an interesting midweek League Cup tie against Winterton Rangers, “On Saturday I thought we were quite resilient in terms of getting a result because we picked up the three points, which was the key thing but we knew we that we needed to be a little bit better in places.
“We came in at half time and we looked at the areas where we thought we just needed to be better really and we needed to iron that out. A little bit of magic from Steve Woolley gave us the three points but we certainly had areas where we need to improve.
“Winterton on Wednesday is going to be a big task for us but we’re going to make a few changes in giving others game time and opportunities to other players because we’re all about a squad and everybody together. It’s not a rotation system. It’s not players just getting game time for the sake of it. It’s just keeping the standards high and that’s what we’re going to have to do in midweek.
Saturday was The Tigers second clean sheet of the season and it is something Denton wishes to work upon a bit more, “I think obviously every side wants to not concede. It was something we’ve addressed as a management team and we’ve looked at areas where we can be better.
“It’s really positive that we’ve not conceded on Saturday. I thought we were quite disciplined as a defensive unit and I thought Dave [Reay] commanded his area quite well. Our two centre halves in Charlie [Taylor] and Matt [Reay] did really well so that’s a pat on the back that they’ve taken that challenge up and not conceded. That back comes from the front and that comes from everybody, it’s not necessarily about the back three or the back four. It’s about everyone doing their defensive duties right.
Up to ninth in the table, nine points behind Yorkshire Amateurs with four games in hand. Is Denton happy? “Yeah, definitely happy. We know we’re going to come up against sides that take points and you can only beat teams that you come up against. I think if we try and look too deep into it, that’s when we’re going to start making mistakes. All we can do is we can play with deep teams whom we come up against and collect points.
“Have we been disappointed in a few games? Yes. I think we’ve deserved a few more points but we know it’s a nice position to be in. If you look at the league table – we’re ninth – and you see the amount of games you’ve got in hand and we’ve played some great sides to get where we are at the moment. So we’ve still got to persevere and we’ve still got to be a little bit better but personally I think it’s a good position for us to be in.”