Former Spireites prospect ‘won’t play for Worksop again’ after refusing to take place on bench

Worksop v Garforth       Worksop Orange and black Strip and Garforth Purple and White.   Worksop Player No. 2 Jono Wafula, Garforth No.11 Sinmi Oyebanji
Worksop v Garforth Worksop Orange and black Strip and Garforth Purple and White. Worksop Player No. 2 Jono Wafula, Garforth No.11 Sinmi Oyebanji

Jono Wafula posed for the Worksop Town 2015/16 squad picture at 6.30pm on Wednesday night, but by 7.45pm his Tigers career was over.

Worksop boss Mark Shaw claims that the defender, upset over being dropped, refused to take his place on the bench.

That left Tigers a player short on the bench, and when Sam Liversidge got injured in the first minute, Wafula was sitting in the stands with his headphones in instead of stripping off on the touchline.

Speaking after a 3-2 defeat to Clipstone, a visibly angry Shaw said the 21-year-old was done with the club.

“Jono Wafula thinks he should be playing.

“We made a tactical decision, we thought we should play a more attacking full-back, Cottingham is better going forward.

“Jono started warming up and then decided he wouldn’t play, so he won’t play for the football club again.

“He won’t play for me ever again.”

The fact that Tigers lost Liversidge, then went on to gift their opponents two first half goals through errors, compounded Shaw’s fury.

But he was adamant former Chesterfield FC prospect Wafula’s actions harmed the side’s chances.

“After 45 seconds Sam goes and probably does a ligament in his knee, when that happens it’s very distressing that a player who would have slotted in there quite nicely is sat in the stands listening to his music, letting 500 fans down and the squad down.

“Just because he thinks he should be playing.

“I think it’s embarrassing and it’s disgusting behaviour. I’ve never known anything like it. I’ve had to deal with the disappointment of not playing, a lot of footballers have,

“I think he’s let everyone down, the fans and the club.”

Although Worksop fought back to level at 2-2, Clipstone scored a quite brilliant third.

And to make a bad evening worse, Tigers felt they were denied a certain penalty by the referee.

Shaw was convinced Mitch Husbands was fouled, but the referee didn’t give it because Worksop had kicked off while the majority of the Clipstone side were over-celebrating off the pitch.

“I think he’s been brought down, I think the refereee didn’t give it because we’ve been clever and taken a quick centre, he felt sorry for them.

“But I think Kendo should have got sent off in the first half, he’s made some poor decisions.

“Clipstone played well enough and got the win, credit to them.

“We’ve had 10 clear chances in the first half, we were opening them up left, right and centre – it’s one we should have won.”

After the game a number of home fans expressed their desire to see a ‘Plan B’ and it must have been a viewpoint shared with Shaw from the stands during the game.

He said: “People asking for Plan B, we’ve gone through plan C, D and E.

“We’ve made three attacking substitutions, took a defender off and put an attacker on, taken Sellars off and put another attacker on.

“I’m a bit embarrassed for supporters thinking we should be entitled to win every game, but we haven’t earned it tonight.”

This Saturday Tigers get their FA Cup campaign underweay with a trip to North West Counties side Abbey Hey.

Liversidge will be a doubt, along with fellow centre-half Jamie Hadfield who came off holding his ribs on Wednesday.

The manager said: “It looks like the injury count will be quite high.

“The bread and butter this season is the league and to do well in the FA Cup so we’ve got to bounce back quick.”