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TIGERS simply must win the Bassetlaw derby tonight at Cannon Park.

Martin McIntosh’s Worksop Town side host their own landlords Retford United, looking to get their promotion hopes on track.

A 2-1 defeat by FC United of Manchester on Saturday was followed by a loss by the same scoreline at Colwyn Bay on Tuesday.

McIntosh conceded that the defeats have made tonight’s game against struggling Retford and Saturday’s trip to Mickleover a pair of crucial fixtures.

“Hopefully we can get the right result, if we’re going to have any chance at all then we definitely have to win these two games,” he said.

“(Losing two in a row), it’s a huge blow, but we keep going.”

“We’ve not had much momentum throughout the season, and we’ve got plenty of games left but they’re not points.”

The manager, who forged a career in the professional ranks as a centre-half, was critical of the defending in Wales on Tuesday.

He told the Guardian: “Two balls that come into the box like that, the first one’s got to be defended – it’s an inswinging cross and if your goalkeeper doesn’t come to get it then your right-back or centre-half should be in that area.”

“It’s a lone striker, he’s in there on his own and it’s criminal, bad defending.”

And at the other end of the pitch, he wants to see more creativity, to help loan signing Luke Beckett add to his two goals from two starts.

McIntosh said: “If you put the ball in the box he’ll score goals for us.”

“He’s not had many chances and he’s scored two goals, I’m disappointed we haven’t provided him with more chances.”

l GOOLE midfielder Terry Barwick signed this week, and the former Scunthorpe and Retford United man made his debut at Colwyn Bay.

l TIGERS have been drawn against Stocksbridge Park Steels in the Sheffield Senior Cup semi-final.

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