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Laurence Gaughan, who is leaving Worksop to play and coach in Australia
Laurence Gaughan, who is leaving Worksop to play and coach in Australia
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Leon Mettam will be pushing for a place in the starting 11 tomorrow when Worksop Town travel to relegation-threatened Witton Albion.

An ankle injury picked up in the 3-2 win against Skelmersdale United at the end of December has meant a spell on the sidelines for the in-form striker, who has already bagged 33-goals this season.

Mettam has missed the last four games which has seen three defeats against Matlock Town, AFC Flyde and Worksop Town before the Tigers returned to winning ways with a 3-1 victory against Barwell in the last outing.

He was set to return on the bench against Buxton last weekend until the game was postponed just before kick-off following a heavy downpour.

With the striker given an extra week to build his fitness levels, boss Mark Shaw could be faced with the dilemma of whether to throw his talisman forward straight back into the mix.

Meanwhile, central defender Laurence Gaughan bid farewell to the club this week as he heads to Perth, Australia where he will play for Subiaco AFC and coach one of their academy sides.

The 23-yearold former Sheffield United and Liverpool youth player has not ruled out putting on a Tigers shirt again in the future and said: “I would love to return to Worksop one day, maybe in a year or two when I’m home.

“It’s been one of the most enjoyable seasons. I’ve had in football, on and off the field.”

Shaw echoed those sentiments, saying: “I would like to wish Laurence all the best and look forward to seeing him return to the club one day.

“Myself, the staff and the players are deeply disappointed to see him leave. He’s a great character in the dressing room and well liked.”

Worksop’s game against Buxton has been rearranged for Wednesday, February 19.