Ryan Hindley’s Worksop Town are coming off a six-game NCEL Premier unbeaten run and their ‘best performance of the season’ as they return to FA Vase action on Saturday.
The Tigers travel to Midland Football League Premier side Haughmond this weekend in the first round proper of the knockout competition.
While Haughmond are struggling a little in their division, down in 16th, Tuesday night’s dramatic late win over Barton Town Old Boys moved Worksop up to fifth.
Hindley was delighted to see his side come back from 2-0 down after 12 minutes to snatch all three points thanks to 84th and 90th minute own goals.
Particularly given that the visitors had to overcome adversity and the loss of Jason Alexander to an apparent migraine.
Hindley said: “I felt we controlled the game for the majority and deserved the three points in the end.
“In the first half Barton were much better but our goal helped massively, our keeper has then collapsed off the ball and we’ve had to come out firing second half which we did.”
The manager dedicated the win to his stricken keeper and the away supporters in the 101-strong crowd.
“It was difficult coming in at the break seeing Jason not well and the lads wanted to go out there and get the win for him.
“It’s a difficult place to come and a long journey so I’m delighted for the fans that have made the trip, I’m sure they were all frustrated at half-time but that’s how I earn my money by changing us and making us better in the second.”
The return to action of Jake Currie was a spark that helped Worksop to level and then take a last-gasp lead.
But the goals, albeit scored by opposition players in their own net, were just what Tigers deserved.
Hindley said: “I thought it was our best performance of the season in that second half, our wide men delivered quality all night but we just lacked that final bit of quality in-front of goal.
“We ideally wanted to look after Jake but the game didn’t allow us to and we’ve put him on and he’s changed the game for us.
“These lads love this club and I think they’ve proved that to the fans.
“We will draw a line through it and look at the pluses and take huge positives from that second half performance, in that case I don’t think anyone will begrudge us winning the game.”
Worksop have already conquered Aylestone Park and Kirby Muxloe in the FA Vase this season, whereas Haughmond overcame Bilston Town 4-1 in their second qualifying round tie.
Haughmond were also in action on Tuesday night, winning 4-2 away from home in the Shropshire Premier Cup.
It’s likely that two coaches of Worksop fans will be making the trip to Shrewsbury on Saturday for the Vase tie.
The Sandy Lane clubhouse will be open to supporters on Saturday morning for food and refreshments before the coaches leave for the game at 11am.