Market Drayton game a 'must-win' for Worksop Town, says boss Kyle Jordan

Kyle Jordan has dubbed Saturday’s game as a ‘must-win’ fixture as Worksop Town look to rediscover their scoring habits against relegation-threatened Market Drayton Town.

Wednesday, 15th January 2020, 3:10 pm
Updated Thursday, 16th January 2020, 11:16 am
Worksop Town boss Kyle Jordan. Pic by Lewis Pickersgill.

The Worksop manager has recently criticised his side’s lack of goals, only finding the net on two occasions in the last five league games, however they have the chance to find their shooting boots once again as they face the team with the league’s worst defensive record.

Market Drayton currently sit in 19th and are only two points ahead of the single relegation spot. The Gingerbread men have conceded 68 goals in 22 matches and have only kept two clean sheets in the league.

After the Tigers’ exit from the Sheffield Senior Cup, which saw Worksop lose to Penistone Church on penalties after coming back from a two-goal deficit to take the tie to spot-kicks, Jordan said: “It is now a must-win on Saturday off the back of the results we have recently had.

“The players we have are more than capable of winning the game for us.

“I am pleased that we have scored a couple of goals tonight, as that has been a concern.

“Market Drayton may look at our form and say that it is a game that they could possibly take something away from, as with most teams given our inconsistency.

“We are due to really turn it on soon because we haven’t had that fire in front of goal for a while and fingers crossed it will be Saturday.

“They are definitely there to be got at, but as Wisbech showed, they had a lot of resolve and they should have really taken something from us that day and although the league table doesn’t lie about what has happened so far, it certainly doesn’t dictate what happens when moving forward.

“Fingers crossed that things happen for us in front of goal because we need that win.”

Worksop’s attacking intent has been boosted with the return of forward-thinking left-back Niall Smith, who has missed the last 12-games with a broken collarbone.

“Niall wasn’t really expecting to play,” said Jordan. “I sent him a text Tuesday night and told him that we were going to throw him back in because that left-back area has been a problem for us.”

“He got up and down well as he is a player with good energy and is really quick.

“It was a massive positive to get him back, he has been like a new signing really. He hasn’t played since the back-end of October, so he has been a massive miss.”

Prior to the injury, Smith was arguably Worksop’s most inform player as his bright performances saw him earn back-to-back Player of the Month awards.