Shaw wants home run to get Tigers up the table

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

Worksop Town boss Mark Shaw is keen to see an ongoing run of home matches secure his side some momentum in the NCEL Premier Division.

Following Wednesday night’s 5-1 win over Garforth, Tigers have two more official home games in a row coming up, followed by a match ‘away’ to current Windsor Foodservice Stadium landlords Handsworth Parramore.

And with Worksop having only played three league games this season so far, Shaw wants to see a rise up the league table in the coming weeks.

He said: “I really want to get some consistency and having a good run of games at home will hopefully help us do that.

“We get good support at home which is really helpful and in all of these matches, including the Parramore game, we’ll be hoping to again have the fans behind us.

“It’s also good in the next few weeks because we know we’ll get a run of games given all our opponents are out of the FA Cup, so as long as the weather behaves we’ll be able to get some momentum.”

Retford United come to Sandy Lane on Saturday before Bottesford are the visitors four days later. That is then followed by the clash with Parramore.

Retford have had a torrid start to the new season with four straight defeats and were beaten 5-2 by Athersley Recreation on Wednesday night.

Bottesford are seventh in the early standings with nine points from their opening five games, although they were beaten 1-0 at home by Thackley last weekend.

Shaw added: “We’ve had a reasonable start in the league but haven’t been as fluent in the two FA Cup ties we had.

“Now we’ve got a chance to restore that fluency and push on up the table as we start to catch up in terms of games played.

“The lads have been going into games and training with enthusiasm and that can only work in our favour.”

On the fact his side are already up to three games behind some others in the NCEL Premier, he added: “We quite often seem to have a disjointed start and need to play catchup, but it’s something we have to get on with as by the end of the season everyone will have played the same amount of matches.”

For a report and reaction from Wednesday’s clash with Garforth, see pages 86 and 87.