Kennedy takes heart as young Tigers hold Staveley

Worksop Town v Staveley Miners Welfare 
Staveley defend their goal

Picture: Sarah Washbourn / www.yellowbellyphotos.com
Worksop Town v Staveley Miners Welfare Staveley defend their goal Picture: Sarah Washbourn / www.yellowbellyphotos.com

Jon Kennedy says he is excited with how well his young Worksop side are playing this season after a 1-1 draw at home to Staveley Miners Welfare on Saturday.

Worksop took on a very physical and more experienced side, but came through the game matching Staveley’s strength and producing more chances to take all three points.

And Kennedy was pleased with what he saw. He said: ““I thought we played very well and it was a good reaction to last week, I think in the end we deserved to win it.

“The fact that we have a very young side and we more than matched a more experienced side was pleasing.”

In what was a very end-to-end game, it was Staveley who drew first blood as Thomas Ellis put the visitors ahead in the tenth minute. An inswinging cross found the head of Ellis who found the back of the net to put Welfare ahead.

Worksop should have levelled soon afterwards when former Staveley star Adam Scott’s fine run down the left ended with a cross which was inches from being turned home.

However, in the 35th minute, in-form Worksop striker Kyle Jordan pounced on a goalkeeping mistake from Lewis Naylor to level the scores, Naylor not getting a strong hand to a long throw into the Welfare box and Jordan able to score from five yards out.

The second-half saw Jordan go through on goal on 55 minutes but after rounding Naylor he couldn’t hit the target.

Leon Loftus forced a good save from Naylor soon afterwards, while Staveley’s Ashley Ransom crossed for Ellis who blazed over from ten yards.

Further chances went begging at both ends, Ellis in particular a danger throughout, but the points were ultimately shared.

Kennedy is positive for the future of Worksop Town with the current young players he has at his disposal. However, he feels that the game is losing touch with the physical side and that tackling and other defensive duties are dying out.

He said: “They were physical but that is part of football, the modern day game seems to be shying away from the physical side of the game. I think it’s a shame that we’re losing that physical side, obviously nothing serious but tackling and pulling shirts that’s what you expect in the game.

“They’re younger lads so with some games you’re going have to accept mistakes. As long as they keep learning like they have today - we supposedly had a stronger side at their place and we got beat 6-1 so that shows how much we’ve come on this season.”

Worksop Town line up: Kennedy, Hodder, Weston, Wankiewicz, Parkin, Loftus, Hawkins, Wesley (Rickards 77), Scott, Husbands, Jordan (c)

Unused subs: Ed Birch, Aaron Pickersgill

Att: 402