Tigers boss Mark Shaw is relishing a glut of derby clashes next season, after Worksop Town learned of their new league status this week.
The Northern Counties East League confirmed that Tigers have been placed in their proposed Premier Division for the 2014/15 season.
And that throws up some interesting fixtures for Worksop, with near neighbours Retford United, Maltby Main, Staveley Miners Welfare and even closer to home – landlords Parramore.
Shaw said the news put to rest two fears.
“My first worry was that we wouldn’t get into a league,” he said.
“And my second worry was that we would be placed in the NCEL Division One, with a long way back to the status we’ve just lost.”
“But now there are so many derby games, it’s fantastic to go to the Retfords and Maltbys and Parkgates, less than 20 miles away some of them.”
Shaw hopes Tigers continue their fine tradition of taking large numbers of fans to away games.
“It will be a bit of a party atmosphere I think, and I’d like to see a lot of home support to back the players, and similar numbers if not more at away games.”
“This league is a good base for us, it will help us create stability and it’s a good league, there will be good football and good players.”
On a prospective clash with the Sandy Lane leaseholders Parramore, Shaw added: “It’s fantastic for them to get a busy stadium on perhaps a Boxing Day or Christmas fixture, and great for us to not to have to travel far.”
“It’s another good local derby.”
Tempering the good news for Shaw was the revelation that more of last season’s squad have found new homes.
He said: “I’m devastated that they’ve gone, really.”
“It was like building a home last season, then seeing an earthquake knock it down.”
“The money some of them have been offered is fantastic and the level of football is great, it proves they’re better than the level they played at last year.”
“But I did expect some of them to show a bit more loyalty, I’m disappointed some of them moved so quickly.”
Tigers have reached 101 members in their #Team500 Club scheme, taking them to the £20,000 mark in funds raised.
For Shaw’s reaction to the fundraising efforts, see page 119.