Footballing schedule is still on track despite club’s situation

Worksop Town v Ilkeston. Tigers player Conor Higginson
Worksop Town v Ilkeston. Tigers player Conor Higginson
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Mark Shaw insists that Worksop Town’s footballing affairs are well on track, despite the uncertainty over the club’s future.

The Tigers manager not only held player trials on Sunday, he’s been hard at work arranging a list of pre-season friendlies.

News that will lift Worksop Town fans, worried about the survival of their club, is the presence of two of last season’s squad at Sunday’s training.

“The trials went really well, we had a very good left-back who’s been released by Scunthorpe who wants to come in,” he said.

“Conor Higginson and Jack Barnett were there.”

“Any of the triallists would be perfect for us.”

And Shaw says the off-field turmoil hasn’t damaged the club’s on-field chances as much as fans might expect.

“The football schedule is on track,” he said.

“The people I’ve spoken to want to stay, it’s all about budget now.”

“If I had a budget I would have secured the majority of the squad as assets.”

“But I’m not going to put the club under that pressure if they don’t believe they can make the 500 Club work.”

If, as many believe, the club do not get back into the NPL and drop to NCEL level, Shaw is demanding the top tier.

“Retford and Farsley went into the NCEL Premier, why would we drop to the first division?”