Are you not entertained by the goalden boys?

Worksop Town v Stafford Rangers. Connor Higginson scores the second goal for the Tigers G131016-1c
Worksop Town v Stafford Rangers. Connor Higginson scores the second goal for the Tigers G131016-1c
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Every 16 minutes, a goal is scored in a Worksop Town game.

If you go to watch the Tigers, you’re in for an average of 5.6 goals per match.

Worksop Town v Stafford Rangers. Tom Denton scores the first goal the Tigers G131016-1e

Worksop Town v Stafford Rangers. Tom Denton scores the first goal the Tigers G131016-1e

And surely no team in the football pyramid can say that’ve scored and conceded a total of 106 goals in their opening 19 games.

These are truly remarkable times for supporters of the world’s fourth oldest club.

For the first time since the 2000/01 season, Tigers have scored more than 50 goals in the first 19 games.

In that season, aided by a 12-0 win over Frickley, they hit 54. This season they’ve notched 55.

Strikers Leon Mettam, Jack Muldoon and Tom Denton are on fire, with 14, 13, and 12 respectively.

Unfortunately, Worksop have also leaked 51 goals.

It’s very much a ‘we’ll score one more than you’ philosophy, as soft defending has been combated by genuine attacking flair.

What it all adds up to, is entertainment by the bucket load, and great value for money.

So why aren’t the people of Worksop flooding through the turnstiles in great numbers?

Why have matches at Sandy Lane been watched by an average of just 229 this season, when you exclude the visit of FC United of Manchester and their hordes.

Boss Mark Shaw is at a loss: “We’re scratching our heads a little bit, asking why are more people not coming through the gates?”

“It’s certainly not because we’re lacking entertainment.”

People love to see the goals flying in, but they also love success – and Tigers, while sitting in the top half of the Evo-Stik Premier, are infuriatingly inconsistent.

They’re a bit like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.

For all the 5-3, 5-2 and 5-4 wins, there have been 6-1, 7-2 and 4-0 defeats.

Secretary Keith Ilett says the club’s home form might be a small part of the reason for the fall in attendances.

“Do we charge too much? Is it because there’s a lot of people out of work? Results haven’t been great at home, so it’s maybe an accumulation of things.”

The club are hoping a ticket pricing initiative for next Wednesday’s home game against Whitby Town will see fans come back in numbers.

Anyone attending the game with a season ticket holder will pay just £4 on the gate – a bargain given the probable entertainment.

Before that though, Worksop will host title contenders Chorley on Saturday, a side in third place in the league.

A win for Tigers will put them just two points behind third-placed Magpies, which shows the potential Shaw’s men have.

If you go down to the Lane this Saturday, you’re in for a goal feast – although the Guardian accepts no responsibility if a freak 0-0 draw occurs.