Worksop Town may have suffered two hugely disappointing defeats in quick succession, but their season is far from over says boss Mark Shaw.
The manager believes three big errors proved costly in Wednesday night’s 4-1 FA Vase exit at the hands of Tadcaster Albion.
That came just four days after a 3-2 home loss to title rivals Handsworth Parramore, which followed a 1-1 draw with Cleethorpes.
And Shaw says it’s time for his players to give more to the cause, ahead of Saturday’s trip to Thackley.
“The players are not having a good time at the minute, we’ve had three tough games,” he said.
“We haven’t done well, with one point in six and going out of the Vase, but the season is not over.
“We haven’t lost the league, we’ve got to make sure we get back on track, work a bit harder and stand up and be counted.
“I’m not going to stick my head in the sand, we have got issues to iron out and it boils down to people giving a bit more.”
Tigers were without Ross Henshaw for the hastily rearranged trip to Tadcaster in midweek, but Shaw wasn’t blaming his absence or the difficult recently-flooded playing surface for the loss.
“The 4-1 scoreline didn’t flatter them, they did really well,” he said of the hosts.
“We made three critical errors and didn’t hurt them.
“We played our football in the wrong areas and made poor decisions.
“But we could have been 1-0 up inside the first two minutes after some good play by Tom Elliott.
“You can talk about the pitch being poor, us being on standby to play the game, players getting there late, but we’ve spoken about making mistakes and it’s causing us major problems.
“Last night we made three big errors, got punished and that’s the end of that competition for us.”
Shaw would like to see more of his players leading by example on the pitch, but admits it’s a quality in short supply at the moment.
“I don’t think we’ve performed as a group, and we speak about heart – we need leaders.
“We’ve got a young squad still, maybe that’s my fault for putting it together.
“The budget allows me to bring in young players, though, we don’t have the finances to go and sign people playing at a really high level.
“Those are the shackles we’re in.”
Despite a gloomy week, second-placed Worksop could go top of the NCEL Premier if they beat Thackley and results elsewhere go for them.
Shaw says it’s vital that they leave Bradford with three points on Saturday.
“I should be able to pick from near enough a full strength squad, apart from Kyle Jordan who is suspended.
“We want to try and put our best 11 out for the next block of five games.
“It’s very important that we get back to winning ways, but we could be a lot worse off.”