DAN WORDSWORTH: Good to get back together

First-team defender Dan Wordsworth says it’s been good to get back together with the Reds squad ahead of our friendly match at home to Penrith AFC tomorrow.

‘Goose’ was speaking at training on last night, as Reds regrouped following our 3-1 loss at Nantwich Town on Tuesday, which was a disappointing defeat in hindsight.

“It was frustrating,” admitted Wordsworth looking back on the Buildbase FA Trophy game, in which we once again impressed against higher opposition.

“We did well and when we got the stats back, it just proved how well we played.

“The only stat that really matters, though, is the goals and we need to do better in both boxes against higher opposition teams.”

Reds were viciously punished for their few defensive errors despite dominating possession and creating numerous chances, something the centre-back touched on.

“It’s right that you get punished more against teams from the league above,” he explained.

“A lot of the lads have played up there and teams are very well organised, they’ll often only get one real chance and put it away.

“It sums that [Premier] division up.”

With the resumption in the Northern Premier League in sight, Wordsworth and co. have now had three training sessions back together after the national lockdown.

On the welcome return, he said: “It’s just good to get the lads back together really, especially getting some games in now.

“It’ll be good for our rhythm, confidence and what-not.”

Although we had a stuttering start to the season, Goose’s performances have been at a high standard and the defender looked back on how he’s fared this term.

“I’ve been happy with myself so far,” Wordsworth stated.

“I feel like I’ve started well and, like all the lads, personally I’ve felt fitter than ever this season.

“It definitely helps me and, hopefully, I can keep going.”

One point behind North West Division league leaders Ramsbottom United, Reds will have 28 games to reach their target of promotion.

After the heartache of last campaign being declared null and void when we were 10 points clear at the top of the table, Wordsworth believes Reds have their swagger back following fruitful form before the November break.

“There’s always more to come but I feel like we’re back to that level,” the experienced head affirmed.

“We’re always confident that we’re going to win every game and we just need to restart well and keep going.”

Kick-off tomorrow is at 12:00 with remaining tickets on sale at Borough Park from 10:00.

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