Shaw frustrated by Tigers’ form

Adam Scott in action against Athersley Recreation on Saturday. Photo by Anne Shelley.
Adam Scott in action against Athersley Recreation on Saturday. Photo by Anne Shelley.

Worksop Town boss Mark Shaw couldn’t hide his frustration after seeing his side fall to two more defeats this week.

A 4-3 reverse at home to Athersley Recreation was followed by a 3-1 defeat to Sheffield FC in the Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup at Sandy Lane on Wednesday.

And that has left Shaw keen to ring the changes as Tigers prepare for a big local derby at AFC Mansfield on Saturday.

He said: “Things have got to change and I’m hoping to have a new striker on board by the weekend who we’ve been keen on for a while and who is playing at the level above.

“I’ve been scratching my head as I’m amazed that young players don’t seem to be going out there and showing enough hunger or wanting to show how good they are and impress people.

“It’s a myth that we have one of the biggest budgets in the division and can just go out there and get who we want. That might be true of other clubs in this division but not us, so we’ve had to be patient.”

Wednesday’s defeat owed much to the performance of Sheffield United loanee Connor Hall who scored a hat-trick for the visitors, Jack Andrews netting a consolation on 69 minutes for Tigers.

Shaw said: “Hall was the difference between the sides as I thought both teams were poor and the scoreline flattered Sheffield a bit as a result.

“We lacked competitiveness, desire and hunger, all things that are crucial to win any game.

“They might have been from the division above us but they weren’t that much better than us and we should have made more of a fight of it.”

AFC Mansfield will host Worksop on Saturday having just reached the third qualifying round of the FA Cup before being beaten at home by Evo-Stik Division One South side Stamford lastweekend.

Their team is littered with former Evo-Stik League and National League North players but Shaw knows that being the visiting side may play into Worksop’s hands.

He said: “We tend to find the away games are a bit more open and give us more chances, because at home it’s becoming increasingly the case that teams come to try and get men behind the ball and stop us scoring lots of goals, which makes it very difficult for us.

“But AFC Mansfield will be expected to win on Saturday. We’ll certainly go there with the intention of winning though and hopefully we’ll have some good support behind us too.

“We need to be showing people we actually care. I do, and it’s been really frustrating that we haven’t performed well enough.

“We’ve not been helped by often having to throw players in when they’re not fit enough, but I’m still not seeing the right qualities shine through and that is something I’ll be looking to change as soon as possible.”