Unbeaten in ten league games, eight of those wins, is mightily impressive by anyone’s standards, but Worksop Town and Manager Craig Denton isn’t getting too carried away after their 4-1 win over Knaresborough Town – in front of an impressive crowd of 416.
Matthew Sykes (’24) and Steven McDonnell (’39) put the Tigers in control at the break. Then Craig Mitchell (’76) and Lynton Karkach (’86) put the gloss on the scoreline. Jack Carr (’90) pulled one back late on but Worksop are in real title contention (“P”romotion).
“Yes, it is. I’ll not shy away from that question! Being the Manager of Worksop Town, it’s a big club and a huge fan base comes with huge expectations and pressure. The players have stepped up to the plate. They’ve put points on the table and gone on a fantastic run in terms of games and wins. All the credit goes to them. They go out, they put the shirt on and they work really hard.”
“Now we’re coming to the business end of the season where we have to maintain those levels and this is where you get found out. You can either continue winning, doing well, putting in great performances and picking up points or you can shy away to the opportunity presented to our players in gaining promotion out of the NCEL Prem, which is up there.”
“The focus at the start of the season wasn’t promotion for me. It was for us to finish in a good, honest top six spot, have a good run of games and do as best we can then focus on next season. However, the lads have really stepped up to the plate and if they perform like they do, you collect points. It puts us in there and that’s why I answered your question of “is that something that’s there?” That’s true and I can’t shy away from it.”
Worksop had over 400 fans at the game, and will be hoping to keep increasing as the season nears its conclusion. “We had 450 fans there. I’m not sure if there were many Knaresborough fans there today but I presume the majority would have been Worksop fans. Absolutely great for us and great for the town because they’ve really got something to sing about. The support is so important; it’s so key for the lads. Of course it mounts the pressure the lads are under because they’re expected to win whilst playing for Worksop Town, but having the fans behind you and pushing you on, chanting away, it’s absolutely priceless.”
“You can’t pay for that but we’re delighted that the fans have come out and we put on a performance and got the three points because that’s the focus: winning the game. And winning comfortably, which I thought we did. I thought Knaresborough were a really tough outfit from start to finish. Do not get me wrong: they really worked hard. I thought their gaffer might be slightly disappointed with their performance. I thought when we played them away at Knaresborough they caused us a little more trouble but we changed our system and I’m just happy with how we applied ourselves. It was a great game of football today.”
Midweek they face a tough trip to strugglers Harrogate Railway. “It’s a mega one again on Tuesday night! No matter who you play at this level – and I’ve said it from the start of the season – teams can beat whoever in this League on the day. We need to make sure that we go there in midweek and we put a professional performance in. We don’t take their league position lightly. We make sure that we prepare right, we’re professional and we go and put a performance in to take the points.”
“We certainly know it’s going to be hard. They’re fighting for their lives down there. Sometimes that’s a lot harder than playing a side who’s mid-table and not got anything to play for. We’ve just got to make sure we’re bang on it midweek.”