Worksop Town boss Craig Parry delighted as Tigers come from behind to win at ambitious Macclesfield
Alex Curran put Macclesfield ahead on 36 minutes against the run of play as Worksop controlled the game’s early possession.
The Tigers were awarded a penalty on 68 minutes when Luke Hall was hacked down in the area, but the spot-kick was pushed wide by Conor O’Keefe.
However, Worksop levelled from the resulting corner when George Taft leapt highest to head the ball towards the target, which allowed Jay Rollins to apply a deft touch to take the ball past the keeper.
And their turnaround was complete on 84 minutes through Rollins once again. Another corner was flicked into the path of Rollins, who, with his back to goal, hooked the ball over the shoulder of O’Keefe and into the back of the net. And the Tigers boss cut a proud figure at full-time as his side celebrated with the supporters.
“I’m delighted,” said Parry. “I know it is only three points, but it is a big place to come.
“They have massive ambitions to get out of this league and do it pretty quickly, so it was great to come here and, if I am honest with you, it is fully deserved.
“I thought we were unlucky to go in at half-time behind and I thought we gifted them their goal by giving the ball away in the wrong position – the first time we did it – and then switched off a little bit defensively.
“We bounced back like normal, and everyone stayed calm and got their heads up and got back to the halfway line and we went again, and we kept going and then we got our just rewards.
“Jay has been on fire in the last month and at certain times he’s been unplayable and he’s such a menace and his goals were typical of him.
“What a great feeling that was at the end to celebrate with our fans like that.”
The Tigers welcome unbeaten-in-the-league Mickleover FC to the Windsor Foodservice Stadium on Saturday in the Isuzu FA Trophy First Round Proper.
Parry added: “They are one of the form sides in the country. It’s going to be a tough game and we know that they are an extremely tough, footballing side.
“We have a lot of ammo in our camp to cause them a few surprises and go toe-to-toe with them and it’s two sides that love to score goals, so for the neutral, it’ll be an entertaining game.”