Worksop Town show resilience to advance in FA Cup replay

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Worksop Town have progressed in this year’s FA Cup after seeing off Shepshed Dynamo during extra-time in Tuesday night’s extra preliminary round replay.

No fewer than 15 goals were scored over the two games following a 3-3 draw at Sandy Lane on Saturday and a 5-4 win for the Tigers away midweek, earning the club a crisp £2,250.

Worksop boss Craig Denton did his best to make sense of the two ties as he spoke after the replay win over their Midlands Football League Premier opponents.

Denton said: “We wanted to put the sloppy performance from Saturday behind us and start better and I think we did that, I think we fully deserved our win tonight.

“We showed lots of resilience and it can get really frustrating games like that, but it’s all about the group pulling together, working hard and seeing it over the line. Both teams had lots of chances but I just felt we had that extra 10 per cent and it showed in the end.”

Worksop led and were pegged back six times over the course of the tie.

Kyle Jordan scored twice and Connor Brunt once in Saturday’s 3-3 draw in front of 341 at Sandy Lane.

Jordan and Tomas Poole put Worksop into a 2-1 lead on Tuesday only for Shepshed to level in the 90th-minute. Extra-time goals from Steven Wankiewicz and two from Mark Simpson put the tie to bed, despite Shepshed scoring twice themselves.

“On Saturday we went to kill the game and got caught out,” said Denton. “It’s alright for me to talk about performances but as a management group we have to look at our own decisions at times.

“We kept with the 4-3-3 on Saturday which didn’t work so we looked at the opportunity tonight in the last 10-12 minutes to change to a more compact 4-4-2 which made it difficult for Shepshed.

“Our keeper has done well tonight again and made some terrific saves along with Max Pemberton who is a real stalwart at the back for us and has come on leaps and bounds.

“Tucker (Tomas Poole) came off the bench, everyone gave him loads of encouragement and he’s scored, Simmo has come off the bench and scored two as well which is fantastic.”

Denton went on to highlight the strength in depth his squad possess.

“We all travelled tonight,” said Denton. “We had a 5.15 meet and we all got there. It’s really nice to come to the game together - it makes a big difference.

“I have to highlight the strength in depth we have in our squad. It went into extra-time so we got an extra sub and to be able to bring 3-4 subs on in a game is fantastic, because we have got quality throughout the side, not just in that first eleven.”

Worksop will host Carlton Town of the Evo-Stik NPL Division One East at Sandy Lane on Saturday 25th August in the preliminary round of the FA Cup, with £2,890 on offer for the winners.

But before then Denton will prepare his side for away trips to Eccleshill United and Liversedge on Saturday (18th August) and Tuesday (21st August) in the NCEL Premier.