Craig Parry feels Worksop can get better after sealing FA Cup progress

Worksop Town manager Craig Parry thought his side deserved to progress in the FA Cup after getting his first competitive victory as manager of the Tigers.

By Lewis Pickersgill
Wednesday, 16th September 2020, 10:23 am
Luke Hinsley challenges for a ball in the air. Pic by Lewis Pickersgill.
Luke Hinsley challenges for a ball in the air. Pic by Lewis Pickersgill.

But he believes his side can get better after the Tigers won a nerve-racking 2-1 fixture away to Leicestershire side Anstey Nomads in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup in Saturday.

Luke Hinsley got Worksop off to a perfect start with a fourth minute opener, before Vaughan Redford made it 2-0 on 40 minutes.

Corey Armeni set up a tense finish with a goal three minutes from time.

Mikey Dunn on the wing looks for a way into the area. Pic by Lewis Pickersgill.

But Worksop clung on to set up a next round tie against Hellenic Premier League side Westfields FC.

“It was a typical first competitive game of the season,” said Parry.

“There was a lot of huff and puff and a lot of effort from both sides. I am pleased with the result, but I think we can still get better.

“I thought the win was well deserved; we took advantage of the overloading the channels in the first-half.

Seb Malkowski was a stand-out performer in between the sticks on Saturday. Pic by Lewis Pickersgill.

“I thought Michael Dunn was fantastic all game; he worked the channels really well and was a handful for their full-backs.

“I thought we put their full-backs in danger a lot in the first-half.

“They came out [in the second period] and chucked the kitchen sink at us, so we had to adapt a little bit. We had to be more defensive, and a bit tighter to try and get them on the counter-attack – maybe we should’ve come out in full throttle.”

Sebastian Malkowski was outstanding on the day as he made several incredible stops to preserve the Tigers’ lead. This included one save in particular, when he tipped a thunderous volley wide of the target in the third minute of stoppage time.

Parry sang the goalkeeper’s praises and highlighted the major attributes he brings to the team.

Parry continued: “He [Sebastian Malkowski] is an outstanding goalkeeper.

“He kicks the ball the length of the pitch, he’s 6ft 4in, and his shot-stopping today was excellent.

“The save he made in the last-minute against the centre-mid – he couldn’t have hit it any better – there are not many keepers in our league that would have saved that.

“He’s been outstanding all afternoon and he’s a joy for us to have.”