It’s the highlight of every season, the day the fixtures are released, and for Craig Parry’s Tigers, they’re ready to go again.
Worksop Town now have (subject to change) their Pitching In Northern Premier League East Division, FA Cup, and FA Trophy fixtures for the upcoming, 2021-22 campaign.
League-wise, the Tigers, who play out of Sandy Lane (Windsor Foodservice Stadium), begin with a home game, on August 14, against Yorkshire Amateurs, the hosts looking to both make up for lost time (due to recent season curtailments) and push for a promotion they’ve been looking for in recent times – maybe now is the time to go for it.
Their first away game of the new season happens pretty quickly, when, on the Tuesday night, 17 August, Worksop make the trip to the world’s oldest football club, in Sheffield FC, the return of which takes place in the early, winter festivities, on 11 December.
Speaking of yuletide offerings, Parry’s side welcome Cleethorpes Town on Monday 27 December, before welcoming in the New Year with a day trip to Frickley Athletic, on Saturday 1 January.
Sheffield and Frickley are, geographically, two of the closest sides to Worksop in the new season, with numerous ‘days out’ in both the North-East, and Yorkshire; the other close encounter is that of Lincoln United, whom Worksop travel to on 13 November, and host on 8 February.
The final away day of the season is a coastal trip, to Cleethorpes Town, the second last game of the season, on 18 April, before finishing up, on 23 April, when they host Liversedge.
Now, what about those cup competitions, those belonging to the Football Association anyway, with Worksop drawn into early action in both the FA Cup, and FA Trophy.
The former of the two will see the Tigers begin at home on Saturday 21 August, opposing either Bottesford Town of Eastwood Community in the Preliminary Round; last season saw them exit at the 2nd Qualifying Round stage, on penalties, following a 2-2 draw, at home to Chester, whilst you have to back to 2001-02 the last time they reached the First Round Proper (losing to AFC Bournemouth).
The FA Trophy meanwhile, that sees one of several meetings this coming campaign with north-east outfit, Dunston UTS, they’ll face each other twice in the league as well; the 1st Qualifying Round Trophy game takes place on 25 September with the victors travelling to Workington on 9 October; last season’s Trophy saw an early exit to St. Neots Town, although memories are still fresh of a trip to the quarter-finals in 2006.
Worksop last faced Dunston in the FA Vase a couple of seasons back (2017-18), winning 1-0 in the north-east – ourselves at the Nottingham Sport will be covering the Dunston – Worksop encounter in the Trophy.
Worksop’s opponents in the Pitching In Northern Premier League East Division, for the 2021-22 campaign, are – Bridlington Town, Brighouse Town, Cleethorpes Town, Dunston UTS, Frickley Athletic, Hebburn Town, Lincoln United, Liversedge, Marske United, Ossett United, Pickering Town, Pontefract Collieries, Sheffield FC, Shildon, Stocksbridge Park Steels, Stockton Town, Tadcaster Albion, Yorkshire Amateurs.
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @worksoptownfc the Tigers are looking forward to the new season ahead.