At last, grassroots football has been given the green light to return with clubs allowed to play friendly matches from August with competition set to resume from September.
Worksop Town are one of many teams in the county that can’t wait to get their much-anticipated new season underway with the Tigers taking advantage of the long summer layoff to install a brand new 4g surface at their Sandy Lane Ground, and there are changes to the squad and management too as they look to push up towards the business end of the Northern Premier League South East Division next season.
Craig Parry will take on the Managerial role for the 2020/21 campaign after replacing Kyle Jordan in charge with club chairman Peter Whitehead stating he wanted a management team to take the club on to a new level. Parry has been joined by his assistant Craig Rouse with Luke Jeffs, Mark Whitehouse and John Hood all brought in to take on coaching capacities.
Parry and his staff join from Pontefract Collieries who finished fourth in the NPL North West Division prior to lockdown and with them they bring experience in having a side aiming towards a promotion push at step eight of the football pyramid.
After joining, Parry sighted his reasons for becoming a Tiger, stating “The brilliant fan base, the size of the club and the opportunity to work with the chairman were obvious appeals in our decision and we can’t wait to get started.”
He continued “We’re proud to get the chance to manage such a big club and we are excited to be here. The hard work starts for us, immediately.”
That work has already started with Parry initially signing nine players from Pontefract whilst retaining seven of last season’s Worksop team and adding two more to the list.
Ex-Polish International Goalkeeper Sebastian Malkowski joins along with full back Jack Greenhough, midfielder Cody Cromack and striker Michael Dunn with prolific forward Vaughan Redford set to be an exciting capture scoring over 40 goals in his three years at Pontefract.
Centre Half Jake Picton and the versatile Johnny Williams also join with former Stag James Baxendale and a returning Tiger Jack Broadhead making up the nine moving over from West Yorkshire.
On the retain list Deegan Atherton, James Gregory, Harry Holland, Aaron Sennett-Neilson, Niall Smith, Matthew Templeton, and Freddy Tracey will all stay at Worksop for the upcoming season whilst two new players, Oscar Radford, signs from Maltby Main and experienced striker Gavin Allott, who has made his name for himself as one of the most physical strikers in the Northern Premier League whilst largely at Frickley Athletic, returns for his second spell at Worksop Town.
On what to expect next season Manager Craig Parry said “We play fast-attacking and high-tempo football. We won’t stray away from our beliefs; we will try and keep the ball in play as much as possible.”
“All our plays will be quick; everything will be fast-paced with a fast tempo. We want to see how many we can score.”
“It’s going to be fun and enjoyable – there will be a lot of the edge-of-your-seat type of football.”
*Main image @worksoptownfc the new Managerial team at Worksop Town.