Head coach happy as Worksop Town players get more minutes

Worksop Town head coach Luke Jeffs was happy that players who needed more game time got the minutes they required in a ruthless 11-2 victory against Renishaw FC in a friendly on Tuesday night.

By Devon Cash
Wednesday, 28th October 2020, 1:54 pm

Worksop played a fully changed side, with a mix of players returning from injury, players who needed match fitness, and several Under-21s players who had the opportunity to impress.

Alister Haydock, who is someone who has received call-ups to the first team previously, opened the scoring inside two minutes before Chris Savage equalised just moments later.

Haydock netted once again from just inside the area, with Renishaw replying on 42 minutes through Raul Cioboata.

On the stroke of half-time, Haydock netted his hat-trick with a fantastic volley to give his side a 3-2 lead going into the break.

The second half was completely controlled by the Tigers, with Haydock notching a fourth before Aaron Sennett-Neilson recorded a hat-trick. Further goals came from Callum Riley, Deegan Atherton, Aleksandrs Starcenko and Owen Betts to sink Renishaw.

Jeffs said: “It was good to get some of the lads who haven’t been playing much or are coming back from injury some game time and I thought that it worked very well in terms of getting them some minutes under their belts.

“I thought the lads from the Under-21s were excellent; they worked really hard and didn’t look out of place and they did really well – there are a lot of positives from tonight.

“It is a squad game and Craig [Parry] will say to every member of this squad that you will be playing at least 20 games this season, meaning every player is involved.

“It is difficult sometimes to give everybody game time, so tonight was a good chance for people that were injured or needed the game time to get some minutes under their belt which will be useful for us as a side as the season goes on – we need all them to come in and to be match sharp.

“We went in at half-time 3-2 ahead, but it could have been a lot more in our favour – I think we hit the bar a few times and had lots of chances and probably had too much time in front of goal.

“We came out in the second half and controlled the game because of that extra bit of quality and fitness just took over as the game went on.”