Worksop had a respectable, but stagnant first year back in the NPL, placing ninth before the season came to a halt.
Tigers media man Devon Cash takes a look at three players who shone last season.
Ben Rhodes first joined the Tigers in June 2019 from Stocksbridge Park Steels as then-manager Craig Denton looked to strengthen his side after achieving promotion from the Northern Counties East League.
Rhodes played well as an attacking full-back, but spent the last few months filling in at centre-half due to an injury to Matt Reay, and with Steven Wankiewicz picking up two suspensions in that period.
Rhodes added that bit of quality on the ball which Worksop lacked slightly in the previous campaign and was often a consistent member of the side.
Steven McDonnell was Kyle Jordan’s first addition as manager of Worksop and the midfielder was excitingly welcomed back by supporters, due to his heroics in the double-winning 2018/19 campaign.
Beginning the season at Belper Town, McDonnell started in all 25 games that he featured in due to his importance to the Tigers. His bullish runs made him a constant threat down the flanks, allowing the Tigers to attack with pace and intensity.
Many full-backs struggled to contain McDonnell’s power, with many failing to knock him off the ball.
McDonnell’s strength and style of play has been a rare sighting in this league, and supporters hope that McDonnell could remain a salient figure next season and build on the seven goals he registered this season.
At only 20-years of age, Deegan Atherton has become arguably the most important player to feature in a Tigers’ shirt this season. Atherton has been Worksop’s most consistent player all year and has built on the progress that he made in the 2018/19 season.
Despite his age, the centre-half has led the Worksop backline with confidence, captaining the Tigers several occasions after Daniel Patterson’s departure in February.
The trust and responsibility that Jordan put on Atherton’s young shoulders has seen him flourish once again, featuring 36 times this season, more than any other member of the squad.
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