Worksop face fight to finish second, never mind first in NCEL after ‘devastating’ performance in defeat to Barton

Action from Worksop Town v Barton Town at Sandy Lane. Tigers player Conor Higginson in action.
Action from Worksop Town v Barton Town at Sandy Lane. Tigers player Conor Higginson in action.

Mark Shaw said his Worksop Town side face a fight to finish second in the NCEL Premier, never mind first, after what he called a ‘terrible’ afternoon on Saturday.

Two defensive errors and a lacklustre performance saw them beaten 2-0 at home by Barton Town Old Boys.

Shaw was devastated, having previously set his team the target of 15 points from their last five games to keep the pressure on title favourites Shaw Lane.

“It was a terrible afternoon, absolutely terrible,” he said.

“We started brightly, we looked like we wanted to creat chances and attack.”

“And then we make a mistake that’s really critical, Sam (Liversidge) plays it back, thinks there’s no body there and it goes straight to their player.”

“After that we’ve not been an attacking force until the last 10 minutes and by that time we’re done. I’m devastated.”

Shaw highlighted the lack of desire shown by his men, and the absence of spark from his attacking players.

“We didn’t do enough, we weren’t good enough.”

“Players didn’t do what they’re in the team to do; Andy Ofosu didn’t do enough, Conor Higginson trying to beat players in the wrong areas, not good enough, Conor Sellars has not influenced the game one bit.”

“It’s probably one of the worst team performances I’ve had as a manager. I thought my teams had more fight.”

It leaves Tigers a point behind Shaw Lane, who have two games in hand.

The Worksop manager says the Barton result was not only a boost for the leaders, but the two teams below Tigers.

“It leaves us with a big mountain to climb.”

“We’ve got to play Barton again, and we need a lot of favours.”

“We need to dust ourselves off, all we can do is try to get back on the winning trail and see what happens. “

“Shaw Lane have that breathing space now, and Tadcaster and Cleethorpes will be licking their lips.”