Worksop Town stay fourth in their chase of the teams above them in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division after a hard-fought 2-1 win at fifteenth-placed Garforth Town this afternoon – but it was a game which left a bad taste in the mouth of the Miners’ heart-on-sleeve Manager Rob Hunter, writes Colin Muncie.
The teams were level at the interval in front of the crowd of 128 at the Bannister Prentice Stadium. Kyle Jordan put the Tigers in front with an 11th-minute penalty, but Daniel Williams squared the contest up with a 40th-minute leveller for Garforth. Matthew Sykes scored what proved to be the winning goal for Worksop just before the hour, and despite the home side’s pressure, the points headed off to Sandy Lane.
Rob clearly feels that Worksop have what it takes to be Champions, but not for the reasons you’d think, and he certainly isn’t an admirer of how Craig Denton’s men got the job done at Cedar Ridge. “Worksop were hanging on at the end and if Sean Hunters shot in the last minute had gone in rather than hitting the post it would have been deserved,” he told us. “Worksop showed arrogance and gamesmanship throughout – which I believe will win them the League. Some would say they’re horrible; every player is rolling around, moaning at the referee, trying to get players booked and generally screaming – as a team – for everything. The referee today fell for most of it and was duped by the Worksop players’ behaviour. I would say that this is not in the spirit of the game, but it’s exactly what you need to get points when you hardly deserve them.”
Rob clearly felt that the Tigers had sought to influence the officials from start to finish. “I was talking to Paul Stansfield ( Knaresborough’s Manager ) about this a couple of weeks ago,” he told us, “and he is one of the most vociferous of them all – but it is no surprise that Worksop are bottom of the Fair Play League. Even their fans are screaming for players to be booked.”
Worse still, Rob felt that the Worksop players had disrespected his club and volunteers. “Arrogant, yeah they are,” Rob fumed. “We asked them to warm up off the pitch, but of course they didn’t. They left the changing rooms and the dugout in a mess – but maybe that’s their way. I predict these are some of the things that will help them get promoted, so they will feel it is justified. Good luck to them; they remind me of Scarborough a few years ago when they were in NCEL.”
“I didn’t like them much either – but they get the respect for their way of getting results.”