Worksop Town put squad on notice – competition for places is on the way as seven-day approaches go in for new faces

Worksop Town v Clipstone
Worksop Town v Clipstone

Worksop Town have put their squad on notice – competition for places is on its way.

Tigers have made seven-day approaches for a number of players this week, and were expecting trialists at Thursday night’s training session.

Manager Mark Shaw believes it will keep players on their toes, and perhaps help the club return to form at Clipstone on Saturday.

“There will be a few chances in what we do,” he said.

“We’re working on getting players in, we’ve put quite a few seven-day requests in and we’re expecting quite a few trialists at training.

“It’s a little bit of a ‘look over your shoulder’ job for the squad, they’ve got to start performing.”

Shaw has changed tack somewhat with his attempts at recruiting.

“We’re not looking for players who haven’t been playing for their clubs, this time we’re looking at players who have been doing well for their clubs,” he said.

“We’re trying to identify players who will make us better, we know where we need to strengthen.”

Along with adding fresh blood to the squad, Shaw wants to change the mood at the club after a bitterly disappointing run of three straight defeats.

“We’re trying to shift the mentality.

“It’s not as bad as it’s made out to be, it hasn’t been amazing but it’s not all doom and gloom.

“We’re still second, two points behind the leaders.

“We all like to be positive and progressive, let’s hope that was our little dip in form and we’ll bounce back now.

“We’re raring to and we’ve got to bounce back this week.”

Clipstone handed Worksop their first loss of the season in August and although they’ve impressed in big games, holding both Tadcaster and Handsworth to draws and beating Cleethorpes twice, they’re won only one of their last four league games.

The ninth-placed Cobras are managed by former Worksop player and assistant manager James Colliver, and he counts ex Tigers Steve Hernandez, Michael Trench, Alec Nightingale and James Ashmore among his playing staff.