Mark Shaw says patience is needed after Worskop Town’s friendly loss

Worksop Manager Mark Shaw ''Pic by Dan Westwell
Worksop Manager Mark Shaw ''Pic by Dan Westwell

Mark Shaw says pre-season recruitment is all about patience for Worksop Town this summer.

The Tigers boss, who used 22 players in today’s 2-0 friendly defeat against Lincoln City, is still hopeful of bringing in a few more before the NCEL Premier season starts.

“We’re trying to work on a couple,” he said.

“I’m trying to get a midfielder in - two midfielders I want are in Australia and their season doesn’t finish until the end of the month.

“I might not get them in until the season starts, we’re in conversation with them, it’s just a bit frustrating.

“We’ll be waiting on the drip feed of players who haven’t got deals at clubs higher up as well.

“You have to be patient.”

Shaw took a look at several trialists during the visit of the Imps, but won’t be able to make proper judgements on them until they’ve had more game time.

“It’s difficult for trialists, they didn’t really get a chance to play. They’ve got to do a lot to try and catch the eye playing against ex professionals,” he said.

“On Tuesday they’ll get more of a run out and more of an opportunity, we’ll see more about what they’re about.”

The friendly against Lincoln was a chance for Tigers to test themselves against a National League club, but Shaw wasn’t expecting them to pull out a result.

“Minutes, organisation, cohesion are what you can probably try and take out of games against teams who are better than you,” he said.

“Lincoln are a larger, more powerful, more organised and experienced outfit than us.

“We’ve got players out injured and recovering, so the friendlies are there for the players to get fit and for the fans to come and see what’s happening at the club.”