Mark Shaw gave credit to his players for sticking to their guns and passing the ball around on what was a shocking surface at Glasshoughton on Saturday.
Tigers won 6-1 and played some lovely stuff, despite the grass being ankle high in some places and pitch being uneven.
The Worksop manager said: “Glasshoughton are a club that have been around for a long time and it’s a struggle for them.”
“The pitch is suffering but you’ve got to come to these places and play.”
“You’ve got to give a lot of credit to the players – they’ve still played football.”
“We’ve won at a canter, I was more worried about players getting injured than us conceding goals.”
Although Shaw obviously had some sympathy for the hosts, who are languishing second bottom of the NCEL Premier table, he was unhappy with the decision that led to their consolation.
“I don’t think it was a penalty, I think it was a referee giving the opposition – who he felt sorry for – an opportunity to score,” he said.
“I’ve got to have a moan about that because I don’t think it was a penalty.”
But he lauded a decision made in the other penalty box, by one of his own players.
He said: “Conor Sellars has scored from the most unselfish piece of play, Mitch Husbands had plenty of time to put that in the back of the net but he stops it for someone else because we’ve been on about playing as a team and for me that’s a great team goal.”
The return of captain Jake Scott was a boost for Tigers, although it came at the expense of popular midfielder Jack Hawkins – a talking point before the game.
Shaw admitted the situation was harsh on Hawkins.
“Jack Hawkins has played the last two games and done really well,” he said.
“I’ve said to him you’re in competition with Scotty.”
“I feel for him.”
“We also had Jonathan Wafula not involved, because the squad did really well last week, he was seeing his family who had travelled a long way, I didn’t feel it fair to change the squad.”
“He understands that, it’s a squad game.”
“We’ve got a great squad to work with.”