Just Hemsworth MW and 90 minutes stands in the way of Craig Denton’s men making Tigers history as they are in search of their 11th straight league win, a record which dates back well over 100 years – and with it Worksop Town would go six points clear at the summit of the table.
Denton knows though, the enormity of the task ahead. “It’s how I’ve felt in this recent part of the season: I’m excited, a little bit nervous but also we feel equipped and prepared to go and win the game tomorrow. We certainly know it’s going to be tough. Hemsworth are a great side. They’ve got several individuals who can really make life difficult for you, so we know we have to be absolutely on the money tomorrow. We have to make sure we start the game on the front foot and basically limit Hemsworth’s chances. We know that will be extremely uncomfortable.”
Hemsworth have mustered five wins in a row; Worksop Town are currently on ten wins in a row. Both teams are undefeated in the League since mid-January. It’s going to be exciting for the players and the travelling fans.
“Yes, certainly. It’s a great run for them and the side’s gone on to five games… and with us as well. It’s written for a good game for the neutral to get up and watch but also it’s going to hopefully be two great sides coming together and battling it out.”
You’re top of the League so that probably puts you as slight favourites to clinch the three points. You’re also staring at a record for the most wins in a row for Worksop Town so there’s a bit of pressure!
“On Tuesday, we can get the lads in the record books at Worksop, which would be absolutely fantastic but what we want is three points so we’re just going to be focusing on how Hemsworth are going to set up, how we are setting up, how we can make life difficult for Hemsworth and try to stop them scoring past us. We’ll make sure that we are fully prepared to take on Hemsworth, who are nine points behind us.”
“Everyone up in that top group – including Hemsworth, Penistone and Brid – are one game away from a loss and teams can capitalise on it. We’ve just got to make sure that we are doing the right things. We need to make sure the lads give 110%, like they have in recent weeks. We certainly know it’s going to be a really tough game for us but hopefully we’ve got that quality to create Hemsworth problems as well.”
It’s probably the biggest week in your tenure as the Worksop Town Manager, taking on Hemsworth then followed by Penistone at home on Saturday.
“They don’t get as big as that! There are big games coming up and obviously we all appreciate this business end of the season. I’m not going to shy away from it. If we want to win the League we’ve got to be taking points off Hemsworth then taking points from Penistone. We’ve lost against Bridlington on two occasions so that’s six points we’ve lost there.”
“I think we’ve got to try and maintain the two points per game like we did when the lads went on a great run of ten straight League wins. That really gave us that boost but certainly we’ve just got to make sure that we maintain our high standards and, if we do that, we can beat anyone on the day. That goes for Hemsworth as well. When they’re at their best they certainly make life difficult for the opposition.”