Mark Shaw feels invincible thanks to young stars and their 12-game unbeaten run

Worksop Town FC v Shaw Lane Aquaforce
Worksop Town FC v Shaw Lane Aquaforce

Table topping Worksop Town boss Mark Shaw feels ‘invincible’ thanks to his young side, who have gone 12 games unbeaten in the NCEL Premier.

Tigers have a seven-point lead over second placed Cleethorpes, lead Tadcaster by eight points and Shaw Lane Aquaforce – who have six games in hand – by an imposing 14.

Shaw’s mood was boosted considerably by Saturday’s 3-0 beating of Shaw Lane, and a point from a tricky trip to Cleethorpes on Wednesday.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s trip to third-bottom Nostell Miners Welfare, Shaw said: “I feel invincible, I feel very invincible behind them. I think they’re fantastic.”

“I give them a lot of grief because I have to remind them how good they are at times.”

“We’re 12 games unbeaten.”

“We’ve worked hard enough to be top of the league, we deserve to be there.”

While Barnsley side Shaw Lane are the only team who could go above Tigers if they win their games in hand, it’s a big ask – playing twice a week between now and the end of the season.

And they won’t be relishing two games against Heanor Town, or clashes with Garforth and Cleethorpes.

On Saturday Shaw’s men dealt their rivals a big blow, outplaying the Ducks from start to finish, the visitors reduced to nine men through a rash tackle and frayed tempers.

He said: “This will hurt Shaw Lane, I don’t care if they have six games in hand – they looked tired towards the end and the sendings off will hurt them.”

“I don’t think they’re in the driving seat, they have too many games to play and they look jaded.”

But he admitted Worksop have problems of their own.

“We’ve had four players struggling but playing, and six on the injury table,” he said.

“So I’m fairly happy with our group this week, to pick up four points from those two games, I’m quite proud of my lads.”

“We’re not an Evo-Stik team playing in the North East Counties, and as much as we want to win every game, we’ve still got a lot of work to do.”

“But we’re 12 unbeaten and it’s down to other teams to try and beat us now.”