BLOG: Fireworks in November? Explosive month of action for Worksop with four huge games

Worksop Town v Liversedge on Wednesday 28th October 2015 at Sandy Lane. Kyle Jordan celebrates after scoring Worksop's 4th goal of the game.
Worksop Town v Liversedge on Wednesday 28th October 2015 at Sandy Lane. Kyle Jordan celebrates after scoring Worksop's 4th goal of the game.
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Remember, remember the fixtures of November – it could be the most explosive month of the season for Worksop Town.

Given how tight last year’s NCEL Premier title run ended up, it’s no stretch to say that the next month could have a huge say on who lifts the league trophy next April.

Tigers will play two of the division’s best sides, stage the twice postponed Bassetlaw derby and get their FA Vase campaign underway.

After a trip to Nostell, that should bring victory, no disrespect to the West Yorkshire side, and a Sheffield Senior Cup tie, the fireworks begin.

Worksop are scheduled to meet Cleethorpes, Retford and Handsworth – all at home, with a Vase game sandwiched in there for good measure.

Cleethorpes are the side who helped Tigers back to the top spot by beating Tadcaster on Saturday and allowing Worksop to close the gap, before overtaking Tad on Wednesday night.

The Owls will be just six points behind Tigers if they win their game in hand, and showed last year that they can compete with the so called ‘big boys’ of the division.

In fact it was Cleethorpes who took two points off Worksop in March, snapping a winning streak and ultimately aiding Shaw Lane Aquaforce’s bid to finish above Tigers.

Then Retford United come to Sandy Lane - another Bassetlaw rout for the Tigers, surely?

Maybe not.

The Badgers are a new team, with more points this season already than in the entire 2014/15 campaign.

Boss Chris Sellars has made them so much more competitive that they only lost by single, late goals to both Tadcaster and Parramore, and they’ve scored 11 in their last two games.

Parramore themselves still present one of the two strongest challenges to Worksop Town’s title aspirations.

In fact with Pete Whitehead’s financial backing, many would install the Parras as favourites.

They’ve lost just one league game, and victories in their games in hand would take them level on points with Worksop.

November is a busy month for Handsworth, with six games slated before the Sandy Lane derby, to Worksop’s five.

Ex Tiger Jon Froggatt is spearheading Peter Duffield’s attack and they have the meanest defence in the division thus far.

They will, however, be taking on the league’s best attack in Worksop Town, with their 3.69 goals per game.

What a game to close out a massive month.

Add to the mix a competition that could really help boost the coffers at fan funded Worksop Town.

Winning the FA Vase would net them over £40,000.

Put aside the obvious prestige of getting to Wembley – a real dream for footballers of any level, never mind semi-professionals – that kind of money is an enormous sum for Tigers.

It would take the pressure off next season’s revenue drive, or at the very least make a nest egg for ground-hunting Worksop.

At some stage someone is going to have to stump up some cash, whether it’s for the lease at Sandy Lane or fund raising for a brand new stadium.

Putting £40,000, or a chunk of it – money that you’d presume was unbudgeted and therefore a complete bonus – aside for a rainy day would stand Tigers in good stead.

On the ground front, there’s next to no on the record news.

Worksop have met with their landlord in the past week, and one might assume that the groundsharing agreement was a large part of whatever discussions took place.

But in November it’s obvious that on field activities will pull focus.

To that end, Worksop need to pick up their performances.

The showing against Tadcaster got what it deserved, a defeat.

Against Pickering, a last gasp bit of Conor Sellars magic secured the win.

And even if Liversedge were put to the sword, Mark Shaw’s men were not at their best.

They’re a talented group, but that alone won’t be enough in the next month, the performances will need to be spot on.

But if ever there was a chance to develop a big game mentality, it’s in November with four crucial fixtures.

Win them all and Christmas will have come early.