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Match Preview: Worksop Town (A)

Match Preview: Worksop Town (A)

Kieran Wilson9 Feb - 11:54
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Read all the information you need to know ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Worksop Town.

A sixth away game of 2024 is on the cards this Saturday, as Radcliffe travel to the East Midlands to take on fifth-placed Worksop Town. A win would move the Boro onto 66 points, the same tally the side finished on last campaign.

Recent form on the road sees us top of the away form table going into the tie, looking to maintain our lead at the summit of the league as second-placed Marine are without a fixture this week.

The Opposition

Worksop’s return to step three has been largely successful, as they currently sit fifth in the NPL Premier Division table. The play-off hopefuls have had a mixed bag of results since the turn of the year, winning the same amount that they have lost with three victories and three defeats. 

Last season, Craig Parry’s outfit romped the NPL East Division finishing top of the league by a country mile, ending the campaign 31 points clear of Stockton Town who were Worksop’s closest challengers in second, winning 31 out of 38 games with a +87 goal difference in the process.

Their quest for back-to-back promotions has been hampered by the absence of top scorer Liam Hughes, having only played a handful of games since November. He was the Tigers’ leading finisher in 2023 with 30 goals in all competitions, a significant loss for the side.

Stat Pack

1st - League Position – 5th

27 – Played – 27

63 – Points – 47

21 – Wins – 14

0 – Draws – 5

6 – Losses – 8

74 – Goals For – 54

38 – Goals Against – 30

Jordan Hulme (16) - Top Scorer (League) - Luke Hall & Vaughan Redford (9)

Ones To Watch

Matt Sargent has become a key part of the midfield by putting in top quality performances in the last few matches particularly. His role in the centre of the park could be key in this matchup.

Worksop goalkeeper Sebastian Malkowski has kept seven clean sheets in 14 appearances so far this season, whilst only conceding 13 goals in that time. The former Polish international could be key to the Tigers’ defence who will need to be on top form if they’re to keep Radcliffe’s attacking prowess at bay.

Last Time Out

Radcliffe came out of the gates strong as after only 16 seconds, Lois Maynard opened the scoring by applying the finishing touch to Jordan Hulme’s low delivery, cooly slotting into the bottom corner to put the home side in front. 

Worksop Town then switched on and went 2-1 up 20 minutes later with two headed goals in quick succession that flipped the scoreline on its head.

The Tigers’ danger man Liam Hughes struck first, he rose highest to meet Terry Hawkridge’s set piece and with momentum behind the visitors, they sought out the go-ahead goal.

 Vaughan Redford would provide it as he wriggled into a pocket of space in opposition territory to power home Hawkridge’s delightful cross, who picked up his second assist of the game, nestling the ball into Mateusz Hewelt’s bottom left corner of the net.

There was another twist in the first-half tale however, as Radcliffe drew level through Jamie Morgan moments later and were ahead before half-time, Maynard had the simple job of heading home from Nicky Adams’ delivery, he picked out the St Kitts and Nevis international who was unmarked in the middle to give the boys in blue the advantage at the break.

It was the Tigers who would find the net first in the second half which levelled the terms momentarily. Liam Hughes did what he does best, taking an intricate through ball into his stride before unleashing an outside of the boot shot to beat a stranded Hewelt. 

On the stroke of added time, Radcliffe scored at the death to take all three points as the trio of second-half substitutes were able link up in the build up, before Jake Thompson drilled a low ball across the face of goal for Brad Jackson to sweep into the net from within five yards.

Matchday Information

Date: 10/02/24

Time: 3pm Kick-Off

Location: Windsor Foodservice Stadium

Adults (aged 17 to 64): £13

Concession (aged 65 and over): £9

Youth (aged 16 and under): £5

11 and under free of charge with paying adult (must be accompanied/supervised).

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