Roberts admits ‘surprise’ after being brought in from the cold

Worksop Town FC v Kendal Town FC.  Marc Roberts (w120107-1f)
Worksop Town FC v Kendal Town FC. Marc Roberts (w120107-1f)

MARC Roberts made a shock return to the Worksop Town line-up on Monday night, after his loan spell at Buxton came to an end.

The giant centre-half (left) fell out of favour with Tigers management earlier in the season, before linking up with former boss Martin McIntosh at Buxton.

His loan spell was deemed a success by the Bucks, with many crediting him with a major role in turning their season around and avoiding relegation.

Somewhat ironically, Buxton finished the season above Worksop.

With Luke Shiels out through illness, Kern Miller injured and Ryan Clarke suspended, Roberts took his place in the centre of defence alongside James Cotterill at Penistone Church on Monday.

And after the 3-2 win, the 21-year-old admitted he was surprised to be recalled to the side.

“I was surprised, because I wasn’t getting in the side before I went to Buxton, so I didn’t expect to get called by Simon,” he said.

“But I’m always willing to put 100 per cent into a game, no matter who it’s for.”

He also conceded that his frustration at missing out on games for Worksop had turned to happiness at the Silverlands during his loan spell.

“It was massively frustrating. I just want to play as much as I can and I wasn’t getting games.”

“(Buxton) was good, really good to be fair. It was nice to get games and it was good to work with Macca again.”

Former Wakefield defender Roberts, who is contracted to Worksop Town until the end of the 2012/13 season, added that he’s remaining open minded about his future.

He said: “I’ll just take it as it comes and see what happens.”