Tigers to welcome back defenders for Armthorpe trip, but boss sweats on Liversidge scan results

Sam Liversidge caught, and injured, in the first minute against Clipstone
Sam Liversidge caught, and injured, in the first minute against Clipstone

Worksop Town hope to welcome back a number of players for Saturday’s trip to Armthorpe, but Sam Liversidge is unlikely to be one of them.

The centre-half, who hasn’t played since falling awkwardly in the second game of the season, is awaiting the results of an MRI scan – and Tigers boss Mark Shaw is worried.

“Sam had a scan last Friday and we’re just waiting on the results now,” he said.

“I fear for the worst.

“It looked very, very awkward when he fell and I hope it’s not what I think it is.”

It would be a bitter blow for Shaw and Tigers to lose a player who grew into a consistent performer at the back last season, but the manager says the impact of a serious, long term injury would be more keenly felt by Liversidge himself.

“We’ve got to get behind him and look after him now,” he said.

“It’s got to be depressing for him I’m sure.”

Former Buxton and Sheffield FC defender Liversidge played 46 times for Tigers last season, scoring three goals – one of which was a goal of the season contender.

In better news, Jamie Hadfield – who also picked up a knock in the game against Clipstone, only his second appearance for the club – is likely to return this weekend.

Although James Cottingham is still in America, Phil Roe is a possible returnee from a hamstring strain, so Shaw will once again have options in defence.

He said: “I expect at least two back from injury, which will boost us.

“We’ve been so unlucky with injuries, it’s been damaging losing two centre-halves.

“Jack Waddle and Steve Woolley have doine a great job for us, out of position.”