Shaw’s forumla for title run in is so simple – just win matches

Blades Nick Travis clears from Owls youngster Matthew Bowman
Blades Nick Travis clears from Owls youngster Matthew Bowman

Mark Shaw is keeping things very simple for his third-placed Worksop Town side as the Northern Premier enters a thrilling final run in.

With FC United of Manchester and Chorley a mere two points ahead with eight games remaining, Shaw just wants his men to win games and keep clean sheets.

He admits that goal difference and potential banana skins are factors that could complicate matters, but ahead of Saturday’s trip to Droylsden, Tigers are focused.

“I think we’re in a very good position, we’ve not tasted the top spot yet and we’ve been very good at chasing things all year,” he said.”

“We’ve got a lot of belief and desire, and although every game is a potential banana skin, all we can do is continue to win games and keep clean sheets and we might get four games into the run in and find ourselves clawing back the goal difference, with it all to play for.”

To help with the final promotion push Shaw has brought in attacking midfielder Nick Travis, and was targetting at least two more additions as the registration deadline loomed on Thursday.

He said: “Nick has a good calibre, he was at Sheffield United then played in Australia and got an ankle injury, so he’s been off the radar, but he wants to be back playing.”

“I’m trying to get bodies in who can challenge, and maybe play a part next year too.”