Shaw hopes good times will return as Worksop’s title race exit hits attendances

Worksop Town manager, Mark Shaw.
Worksop Town manager, Mark Shaw.

Mark Shaw wants to bring the good times back to Worksop Town after a disappointing end to the season.

Tigers have fallen short in the 2015/16 NCEL Premier title race, watching on as Tadcaster Albion and Handsworth Parramore battle it out for the single promotion spot.

Their extinguished chances of securing a return to the Northern Premier League have hit the gates at Sandy Lane, with an average of over 100 fans missing at the home games in March and April.

Shaw is aware of the apparent decline in interest from casual supporters.

He said: “We need to think about how we can increase our gates again.

“The good times will be coming back soon, I’d like to think they will.

“I’m going to work my backside off to make sure that happens.”

Shaw’s Worksop side, who have won five of their last six games in a late season resurgence, could still have a say in where the titles goes this season.

In what seems an increasingly unlikely scenario, Worksop’s game at Sandy Lane against Handsworth Parramore would have real significance, should leaders Tadcaster fail to win on Thursday night at home to 17th placed Armthorpe.

Shaw said he’s taking the derby game against Tigers’ landlords very seriously.

“It’s quite good, we might have a slight say in where the title goes,” he said.

“We might influence what happens to Tadcaster, like last year, or Parramore this year.

“We don’t want to lose, it’s not an end of season knockabout, from my point of view, whether there’s a title on the table or not it’s three points on the table.

“I want us to take those three points.

“We’ll be putting out our strongest team to try and win the game.”