Tigers ‘fit, strong and raring to go’ ahead of Chorley clash

Worksop Town (yellow shirts) v Chorley (black/white) at Sandy Lane
Worksop Town (yellow shirts) v Chorley (black/white) at Sandy Lane

Tigers are fit, strong and raring to go ahead of Saturday’s ‘season defining’ promotion clash with Chorley.

The league leading Magpies have slipped in recent weeks, failing to win in four games, allowing Worksop Town to close the gap to five points.

A win for Mark Shaw’s side on Saturday will blow the league wide open, and the Tigers boss insists they’re more than ready.

“It’s the biggest game of my tenure by a mile, it’s huge, season defining,” he said.

“There’s so much riding on it and everyone is fit, healthy and raring to go.”

“Tiredness and injuries are the last thing on our minds and we’re not worried about losing, we’re going to go and have a real pop at them and try to cause an upset.”

The rude health of the Tigers squad is in contrast to Chorley’s injury list, and potential fatigue from a packed fixture list.

“I went to their game against FC United on Tuesday and credit to both teams because it was a terrific game, and I felt a bit for Chorley, it was a sucker blow.”

“Maybe they’re struggling with fatigue, they’ve had a lot of midweek games and maybe their players can’t get rid of niggles.”

Three wins in a row at Sandy Lane have helped Worksop claw their way back into the title race, along with Chorley’s surprising slump.

Shaw said: “Chorley should have won their games in hand and they should be 18 points clear of us.”

“We’ve done well to get our results, without playing particularly well.”

But the Sandy Lane gaffer knows the Magpies will be out to make a statement on Saturday, and repeat the performance that helped them to a 4-1 win at Worksop earlier in the season.

“Garry Flitcroft is going to get his players fired up, it will be a difficult contest,” he said.

“I’ve got to get my players to do what everyone else has been doing in recent weeeks and get a result against a top team.”

“They gave us a bit of a lesson earlier in the season and we won’t let that happen again.”

“If we step up to the plate and get a result then we keep our run going and then we can look at what we can do in the last 10 games.”