Worksop’s week ahead: Parkgate visit, Tigers travel to Athersley

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Worksop Town are hoping the weather will allow them to make their first appearance at Sandy Lane in three weeks, when Parkgate visit on Saturday.

The Rotherham side and Tigers have little in the way of history, having met for the first time in a pre-season friendly on 1998.

Back in 2007, in a friendly, a young Kyle Jordan was on target for Worksop against Parkgate, having joined Tigers from Sheffield Wednesday.

In competitive action, the two clubs have battled it out just three times, twice in the Sheffield Senior Cup and once earlier this season in the NCEL Premier Division.

Worksop lost both those cup games, but recorded a 3-0 win over Parkgate back in September when they controlled the game almost from start to finish.

Goals on that day came from Mitch Husbands and a Dre Johnson brace.

Husbands now has 13 goals to his credit, level with fellow joint top scorer Conor Sellars.

Parkgate began the calendar year well, with back to back victories over Athersley Recreation and Garforth Town.

But they’ve failed to register a win in their last four outings, drawing twice and losing twice.

Former Tiger Scott Lowe is one of the Steelmen’s more experienced players, while their top goalscorers are Adam Stapleford-Jones and Scott Whittington, brother of former Tiger Lee, who both have six to their credit.

New Tiger Ross Henshaw will be in line for a debut in the home side’s defence, and he could be joined by the returning Phil Roe.

Worksop Town will travel to Athersley Recreation on Wednesday, the side currently 13th in the NCEL Premier.

When the two sides last met in the league, at Sandy Lane in October, they played out an entertaining 1-1 draw.

In the League Cup, Tigers needed extra-time to get past them, winning 3-1.

Recreation have lost their last two league outings, including a shock defeat to Nostell Miners Welfare.