From financial nightmare to Wembley dream - Shaw says Tigers have come a long way

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In just six months Worksop Town have been transformed from a club staring into the abyss, to a club involved in a title race and dreaming about a Wembley cup final.

Granted, there are still four rounds between Tigers and the FA Vase final, but boss Mark Shaw was quick to highlight how far the world’s fourth oldest club have come since the summer.

“Back in the summer we had no players, and no finances, so to be where we are, third in the league and in the last 32 of the FA Vase is a huge achievement already,” he said.

“(Wembley) has become a little bit more realistic.”

“Three games earlier you’d have said it was a long way, but it’s getting closer.”

While Shaw wasn’t overly impressed with the first half showing from his men, he was pleased they dominated the second period.

He said: “It wasn’t really vintage us, especially in the first half.”

“In the second half we’ve been more solid.”

“If you came last season you were entertained, I think you get more entertainment this season.”

“The two goals we scored were terrific, the second goal was from a fantastic pass and we kept the ball for about nine passes before it was looped over for Tom Elliott.”

Midfielder Elliott caught the manager’s eye with his all action performance.

“He’s been outstanding,” said Shaw.

“We spoke before the game about what he needs to do at the start of each game, being quick and clever on the ball, getting into that rhythm early.”

“He’s showing good quality, he’s a young lad who needs a bit of looking after but he’s done really well today.”

Elliott and his team-mates ensured there was no repeat of last week’s last gasp disappointment, when they let 10 men equalise late on.

And that delighted Shaw: “Going for another goal you run the risk of turning over the football, and giving them the chance to do what Tadcaster did last week.”

“We kept the ball better this week, it was a lesson learned last week.”