Tigers turn to 'Beardo'

NIPPY striker Chris Beardsley is the latest loanee who will attempt to solve Tigers' goalscoring problems.

NIPPY striker Chris Beardsley is the latest loanee who will attempt to solve Tigers' goalscoring problems.

The Mansfield Town youngster, 20, signed for Worksop this week on a month-long deal.

And he is expected to go straight into the starting line-up for the Tigers' home clash with Radcliffe Borough tomorrow (3pm).

"We don't take these sort of players to have them on the bench," Tigers boss Steve Ludlam told the Guardian this week.

"We are trying to resolve a problem up front and signing Chris is good for both himself and Worksop."

"There is no quick fix or guarantee of him scoring, but we are trying to address the lack of goals."

It is not the first time Tigers have tried to sign the talented youngster who turned down a move to Conference side Northwich Victoria in favour of Worksop.

"We tried to sign Chris at the start of the season and then again at the time Aaron Wilford came on loan," added Ludlam.

"On both occasions the timing wasn't right, but this time he has opted for us to get some match experience after finding it hard to get into a Mansfield squad who are doing quite well at the moment."

In taking on a league player, Ludlam has ensured full value for the striker as he will be eligible for all matches in his loan period, including the FA Trophy game against Margate or Dorchester on 31st January.

Beardsley has already made a handful of appearances for Nationwide Division Three side Mansfield this season and is a product of the club's centre of excellence.

Ludlam said: "I have seen him play for both the youth side and reserves on a few occasions and he's a player I have kept my eye on for some time."

"He is quick and aggressive and is certainly well regarded at Mansfield."

Meanwhile, Ludlam was happy with Worksop's progression in the FA Trophy following a tough match at Guiseley.

"We expected to have to weather a storm in the first 30 minutes but didn't expect a force 10 gale," said Ludlam.

"Playing against underdogs you expect them to try and get a quick goal – that is what cup football is all about – but we came out the other side and always looked capable."

"I thought Macca (Dave McCarthy) was outstanding and pulled off a fantastic save in the first 10 seconds."

"It was always going to be difficult for Alex Callery on that sort of heavy pitch but I thought he had a super game and thoroughly deserved his goal."

Wednesday night's FA Trophy match between Margate and Dorchester was called off due to a waterlogged pitch and is expected to be replayed this coming Wednesday.

- Former Tigers striker Lee Morris, now at Frickley Athletic, has been invited for trial by Nationwide Division Two side Chesterfield.

- Worksop are holding a fans' forum at their Sandy Lane clubhouse on Friday night(7pm).