Worksop Town’s new management team were delighted with the professional performance of the players as the Tigers crushed local rivals Staveley Miners’ Welfare.
It was the manner of the 5-0 victory rather than the actual scoreline that particularly pleased Duncan Milligan and John Buckley.
Milligan and Buckley said the balance of first team regulars and the under-19 players who have broken through into the senior squad was right and working well.
They said: “We were really pleased with the first half an hour of the game.
“We started well after we had a little pop before the game because we were not happy with how they warmed up.
“We just simply said to the lads to ‘get a grip of yourself and make sure you do things right’, which they did from 1 to 16. They were excellent.
“The young lads especially have excelled when they have come in.
“Every single one of them have all performed and done what’s required.
“Obviously they are blending well together and we are still missing players — five or six players who certainly would have been in contention today.
“It’s pleasing that these young lads are coming in and they are stepping up to the mark.
“Players will be fighting for shirts, which is what you need at any club.”
The emphatic home win was all but secured by half-time, when Worksop led 3-0.
Alec Denton opened the scoring on 25 minutes and young winner Igor Mlynarski struck in the 32nd and 45th minutes.
Jack Holden made it 4-0 in the 66th minute and Charlie Baird completed the rout in the final minute as Worksop’s young contingent showed signs they have what it takes to compete in the league.
It was one of the best home performances by Worksop at Sandy lane against a poor Staveley side.
The win took the Tigers up to 10th place in the Premier Division of the Northern Counties East League and left the visitors in 17th.
Yet it might have been different if Staveley had not squandered a penalty after ten 10 minutes.
Jonathan Bownes brought down Josh Barker, but Tyla Vel’s spot-kick was saved by Callum Fielding — another great save by the youngster in what is becoming a fine season for the teenager.
It started off what turned out be a miserable day for the Trojans.
Conor Gigginson’s ball over the top set up Denton for the opener.
Holden played in Mlynarski for the first of his double before the wingman out pressure on the visiting keeper and forced an error for number three.
Holden volleyed in Baird’s corner in the second period before Holdenturned his marker and fired in the fifth.
Afterwards Worksop’s management duo, Milligan and Buckley, both highlighted how terrific the fans have been since the duo joined the club.
They said their aim was to make Sandy Lane a fortress, as well as making the home games more appealing to fans and to repay the 300 to 400 who turn out every week.
The management duo added: “The fans have been magnificent — you don’t get better support in this league.
“We have started off with two clean sheets and multiple goals.
“We need to make this a fortress to get people through the gate and to continue the good form at home because that’s what the supporters expect.
“When you are getting 300 to 400 down here, you have got to try and produce performances as well as results.
“I have spoken to several fans during the week and I don’t think they mind getting beaten as long as the players put 100% into every game.
“We are looking to build a promotion-winning squad step by step and looking towards pre-season to be ready for the start of next season — that’s our main goal.”
Worksop return to league action at Pickering on Saturday.