Shaw frustrated by gaps in the NCEL Premier fixture schedule

Worksop Town v Sheffield FC. Worksop Town manager Mark Shaw.
Worksop Town v Sheffield FC. Worksop Town manager Mark Shaw.
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Worksop Town’s season has begun with a stop start feel, thanks to a strange fixture schedule – one that is frustrating boss Mark Shaw.

Wednesday night’s game at Albion Sports was Tigers’ first taste of action in 12 days.

And after Saturday’s game at home to Pickering, they’ll have another two week break.

Shaw questioned the league’s reasoning, as his men will have as many as three games in hands on other sides as early as the second week in September.

He told the Guardian: “I don’t understand what the league is trying to do.”

“I feel a bit victimised in a way, after all we’ve been through.”

“I’m not asking for special treatment, but I don’t understand why we’ve got such big gaps.”

“I don’t understand why a home game against Pickering has been moved from a Saturday to a Saturday.”

“I’m sure Pickering would like Worksop Town and our support at their ground on a Saturday rather than in midweek.”

“I don’t understand it. It’s frustrating because we don’t get a run of games.”

Tigers will face Pickering twice in their next three games.

Looking ahead to Saturday, Shaw admitted: “We don’t know a lot about them, we haven’t had a report, but we’re expecting another physical challenge.”