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Craig Denton disappointed as Worksop Town are help in FA Cup

Worksop Town FC v Shepshed Dynamo FC, pictured is Craig Mitchell
Worksop Town FC v Shepshed Dynamo FC, pictured is Craig Mitchell

Tigers boss Craig Denton was disappointed his side couldn’t kill the game off after they drew 3-3 with Shepshed Dynamo on a wonderfully entertaining afternoon in the FA Cup.

It took just four minutes for the Tigers to break the deadlock with Kyle Jordan getting on the end of a long ball forward to hammer in a volley which was just too powerful for Shepshed’s number one.

A crazy few minutes saw a Shepshed penalty saved impressively by Dave Reay, then followed by a splendid equaliser for the away side from midfielder Karl Whymark as he cut inside and unleashed an unstoppable effort into the far corner.

Worksop then won a penalty of their own as Kyle Jordan ghosted past his man and was tripped. He then picked himself up to slot the penalty into the corner comfortably to give us back the advantage.

The game continued to improve with both sides having several chances, Dave Reay making a smart save with his feet to deny a Shepshed forward and Craig Mitchell bustling his way through two defenders to crash his effort off the bar and see it bounce back into play.

All this came after Shepsheds striker Ryan Robbins was shown his marching orders for a suspected elbow.

The second half period brought more of the same and the visitors soon equalised. Striker Matt Melbourne was felled by Max Pemberton in the box but picked himself up to round the keeper and slot home.

Kyle Jordan could have had an hat-trick but mistimed his chance and the ball bounced into the keeper’s hands.

The Tigers then regained the lead, Steve Woolley’s corner found its way out to Connor Brunt lurking on the edge of the box and the striker’s volley was hit into the ground but looped over everybody and found the bottom corner.

Shepshed then hit back again with the goal of the day. Liam Prenderville took aim from 30 yards and his shot sailed into the top corner drawing an applause from around all corners of the ground.

Tomas Poole then had a chance late on for Worksop having been sent one on one with the keeper but could only divert his shot into his hands as he reduced the angle.

Denton said: “I thought we started really well, our tempo was good and high rate. After about 25 minutes it dropped a bit and Shepshed had their opportunities.

“I thought the officials played a part and made some dubious decisions, the game maybe didn’t flow as it should have done.

“We’ve come in at half time after they were reduced to ten men and expected our players to come back out and produce a professional performance but we didn’t and we made poor decisions again.

“The old cliche is playing against ten men that they always step up and make it harder for you and I’m not taking anything away from Shepshed with that but our intensity dropped.

“We almost expected to score and it didn’t happen, they got really lively and we went off-script again.

“I’m disappointed because now we have to go there on Tuesday night when ideally we would have liked to crack on with the League.”