Shaw: ‘Chorley we can do better than this.’

Worksop Town v Mansfield Town. Tigers manager Mark Shaw G130710-4i
Worksop Town v Mansfield Town. Tigers manager Mark Shaw G130710-4i

Tigers boss Mark Shaw has asked the rest of the Northern Premier League not to hand Chorley the title so early in the season.

Speaking after his side beat Buxton 3-1 on Wednesday night, he told the Guardian too many teams appear to have resigned themselves to the fact that the league leaders cannot be caught.

And he wants clubs to ‘step up to the mark’ and put up more of a fight against Garry Flitcroft’s Lancashire side.

“I’ve been a bit disappointed with what I’ve been reading on various websites and forums, about giving Chorley the title now,” he said.

“Teams seem to have folded and started to plan for the play-offs or next season and we’re still in February.”

“I’m a bit disappointed people aren’t trying a bit harder against the leaders and not going for it a bit more.”

“We’re still chasing – we might need them to mess up a few times, we might need a bit of luck but we still want to chase them down.”

Shaw’s brief, when he took the job at Sandy Lane last summer, was to build a young squad who could consolidate the club’s Northern Premier status.

But they find themselves in fourth place at the business end of the season, and well in contention for promotion.

The manager says his youthful squad has nothing to lose and everything to gain.

“When we first came in the idea was to build a young squad for the next few years, and we’re maybe a little ahead of ourselves.”

“But if we’re going to be up there we might as well have a go for the title.”

“I’m not looking at the play-0ffs, I’m just looking at how many points we need to claw back.”

“Hopefully teams will step up to the mark and try and overturn the teams above us.”

The win over Buxton, although not entirely deserved on the balance of play, has given Tigers some momentum ahead of Saturday’s home clash with fellow promotion hopefuls Ashton.

Shaw added: “We’re on a mini run of three games unbeaten and we need to extend that.”

“We just need to keep picking up three points.”