Northern Premier League East Division side, Worksop Town, have added a new, Reserves side, into the set-up at the Windsor Foodservice Stadium (Sandy Lane), ahead of the new season.
The Tigers, who finished just outside of the play-offs last season, have strengthened impressively in the early stages of pre-season, adding a good selection of players to the squad.
That squad will now see itself fleshed out a little more with the addition of the Worksop Town Reserves, who will join two other Nottinghamshire-based clubs – Ollerton Town Development and Retford Development, for the new season in the Central Midlands League Division One North.
Fronted by Academy Director, and manager of the clubs’ U23s side, Laurie Griffin, the new Reserves will act as a bridge between the youth set-up, and Craig Parry’s first team, whilst also further enhancing that of the U21s and Academy talent already on offer.
Speaking to the Worksop Town website (here), Laurie Griffin said of the decision to install a new Reserves team: “I am extremely proud and honoured to be building in that next level of competition of the Reserves here at Worksop Town Football Club.
“We have been running as an Academy programme for nearly two years now and we have been able to build in some really strong levels of competition with the younger players and the time is right for the football club to be taking this step and having a reserves side that will play in the Central Midlands League levels.
“For some players, it will be their first experience of adult football.
“The games will be tougher and quicker and more physical and that’s exactly what we want.
“It is bridging the gap between where we have been as an Under-21s set up in the previous years and helping those players take that step closer to the first team.”
With squad news and updates for the Reserves due in the coming weeks, and ahead of the new CML campaign, the Tigers’ esteemed Chairman, Pete Whitehead, added the following: “We take another step in covering all angles of providing football in the area by introducing our Reserve Team that will play under the Central Midlands League umbrella.
“This will enable progression and an additional pathway for our younger players and it will also provide our senior players the opportunity of game time while recovering from injuries that may occur throughout the campaign, which will in turn help with their recovery for a return to the first team.”
The full list of sides Worksop Town Reserves will oppose next season will be that of –
780 JLC FC, Bessacarr FC, Bottesford Town Development, Crowle Colts Development, Dearne & District Development Doncaster Elite, Harworth Colliery Reserves, North of England Academy, Ollerton Town Development FC, Retford Development FC, Sheffield FC Reserves, and Sutton Rovers.
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @worksoptownfc Sandy Lane the home of Worksop Town Football Club.