The people of Worksop have voted with their feet – and they’re backing the new era at Sandy Lane.
Wednesday night saw a young Worksop Town team take to the field to the roars of an almost 500 strong crowd.
To give that number some context, the side who beat Tigers in the Northern Premier League play-offs last season only got 338 to their first Conference North home game on Saturday.
On a famous night under the floodlights at Sandy Lane, the men in neon orange repaid the backing of the 488 supporters with an absolute thriller.
The 5-3 victory had it all – including a hat-trick for teenage striker Dre Johnson, a red card for a Liversedge player, a penalty and some heart stopping moments.
If there were any doubts about the town’s appetite for football – regardless of the league or level – they may well have been blown away by what transpired on Wednesday night.
Those who paid £5, or less, to see eight goals and some lovely passing football, will surely come back for more.
Tigers captain Jake Scott was delighted with the turnout for the home opener, calling the backing from the stands ‘unreal,’ while striker Matt Booth, a Worksop resident, said: “Unbelievable turnout.”
Rich Nelson, one of the club’s team of fundraisers, said: “You got a feel for the attendance right from the car park, it was rammed.”
Supporters Trust board member Stan Emmerson added: “So proud of everyone connected with the club last night, you the fans made it possible.”
Fan Matt Sellars said: “What a game, Worksop Town never fail to keep you on the edge of your seat.”
“Hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did.”
And 12-year-old Olivia Williams loved her first experience of football at Sandy Lane: “It was my first match, it was absolutely amazing and it was only £2. I’ll be going again.”
Tigers travel the short distance to Staveley for an FA Cup clash on Friday night.