Worksop Town and Manager Craig Denton welcome Hall Road Rangers to Sandy Lane tomorrow, and even though Rangers are hovering just about the relegation zone, Denton knows it won’t be straight forward as his Tigers side look to set a club record of 11 straight league wins.
We asked Denton how much pressure his side is currently under. “Loads of pressure. There’s been pressure from the start of the season and we’ve accumulated even more pressure by winning. And not just winning; this amazing run in the latter part of the season just creates more. Attendance has increased but our players have really stood up to the test with regard to pressure. It’s an awesome achievement to date in terms of our win record and hopefully we’ll be able to keep that going and set a club record.”
“I think it was the first season in the Sheffield & Hallamshire League or something from Worksop Town, the last so many winning games in a row. That’s testament firstly to the players, who have been outstanding and hopefully they’ll continue to do that. I’ll take some credit for that and so will our team coaches James Humphreys, WayneThompson and Ben Townsend. We’ll take that credit but we want to continue the run in and put a performance in on Saturday where we keep that going.”
And you face an indifferent Hall Road Rangers side who have not had a great season but a win last week saw them lifted out of the relegation zone and they’ll want to continue that.
“Too right. We won’t show any disrespect to any side who’s down there because, at the end of the day, they’re fighting for survival. They had a tremendous result against Knaresborough last week and they’ll be coming and having the opportunity for their players to play in front of a really big Sandy Lane crowd, which spurs any player on to reach high levels. We certainly know it’s going to be a huge challenge against Hall Road so we’ll need to be at our maximum because they’re coming to spoil the party.”
Whilst Rangers Manager, Bill Gill, says all the pressure is on the Tigers. “The pressure is all on the opposition Saturday. The lads love playing at Worksop, the pitch has suited us on previous visits and their fans make it a great day for non-league football.”
“When I looked at their recent run of form it has to be admired, however, from the last 8 games they have been awarded 4 penalties which is an interesting statistic we will be wise to that.”
“We know we are the underdogs, but that could work in our favour as we have two motivations: we can slow their promotions chances and pick up more points when nobody expects us to do so.”
“We are all looking forward to it.”