Worksop Town have been left with one focus this season – the NCEL Premier Division League title.
It is not by design or desire that Tigers remain in just one competition, although it could be argued that they were the architects of their own downfall in the FA Cup, Sheffield Senior Cup, FA Vase and League Cup.
But Mark Shaw is determined to turn the situation into a positive, starting with a massive game at the seaside on Saturday when they visit second placed Cleethorpes Town.
Speaking after Tuesday’s disappointing League Cup defeat at Lincoln Moorlands Railway, Shaw said: “We’ve got one focus now – like in the summer when we focused on saving the club – now we focus on getting a title challenge together.”
“We need to go on a run, starting with a huge game on Saturday.”
“Every game in the league now is huge.”
A win at Cleethorpes this weekend would certainly go some way to easing the pain of the FA Vase exit, and the end of the Wembley dream.
And Shaw wants another special day out for the club’s impressive travelling support.
“The away support is fantastic, I can’t ever complain about that,” he said.
“We go away in fantastic numbers, they get behind the team.”
“On Saturday I want the kind of backing we had at King’s Lynn last season, when the supporters were fantastic and pushed us over the finish line.”
The old adage, often said in self-depreciating jest, ‘we’re concentraing on the league’ is obviously true now for Shaw’s young Worksop Town outfit whether they like it or not.
And while title rivals like Tadcaster Albion and Shaw Lane contest at least three competitions, it may just work in Tigers’ favour.
On Worksop’s departure from the cup competitions Shaw said: “No one likes to lose, but you have to look at the bigger picture.”
“We’re coming for people.”
“Tadcaster and Shaw Lane have a lot of games to play, they’re in all the competitions and we’re going to come for them.”
With eight changes made to the starting line-up in midweek, Worksop Town should be well rested and ready for league action again on Saturday, with only one injury doubt.
“We have to assess Tom Burgin in training but hopefully he’ll be right,” added Shaw.