Game was done by half-time admits Tigers boss after dominant display against defensive Brigg

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Worksop Town’s game against Brigg Town was over by half-time, admitted Mark Shaw after watching his men dominate for the third game running.

Tigers remained top after their third straight 4-0 victory.

But the visiting Zebras sat with 11 men behind the ball, even when 2-0 down before the break.

And in the second half they made few attempts to go for broke.

The Tigers boss said: “The game was done at half-time. The second half was a non event, near enough and I don’t like to say that.

“They’ve kept 11 players behind the ball, it’s like they’ve come to try and not get hammered. That’s fair enough, it’s their perogative.

“Teams will end up being 11 players behind the ball and it makes things very difficult, with six in the midfield area.

“But we’ve scored two fantastic goals in the first half and one in the second, we’ve done more than enough to beat them.”

The second half showcased the strength in depth that Shaw has at his disposal, with Conor Sellars coming off the bench to score in an impressive cameo.

With Sellars, and experienced defenders Phil Roe and Jamie Hadfield on the bench, and James Cottingham yet to return to the squad after a holiday, the 2015/16 Tigers squad looks stronger than last season’s ensemble.

Shaw said: “Instead of a team and a bench, it’s a squad.

“If we need to change something we can do.

“It’s good to have someone like Conor Sellars who can come on. He thinks he should be playing and I like that.

“He’s got a great attitude, shows great composure on the ball, he works hard around the pitch and wants to get back in the team.

“I think everyone feels like that, so they work hard.

“Conor is showing a great attitude, setting up a goal at Armthorpe, doing well Wednesday and scoring today.

“I wouldn’t want to play Worksop Town at the minute because of the quality we have.”

With Hadfield returning from injury, the centre-half trio of Jordan Cooke, Ross Henshaw and Julian Lawrence were allowed to keep their starting places.

The manager said: “All three at the back didn’t deserve to have things change.

“They kept a cleansheet on Wednesday, so how would they feel being left out after that?

“Jamie’s coming back from an injury to his ribs so we were just taking our time with it, making sure there was nothing else there.

“Things might change for Maltby next week, it depends how things go in training in midweek.”