Tigers must close the gap on Saturday

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Worksop Town have a chance to put pressure on the teams above them in the NCEL Premier this weekend, with two of the top three in FA Vase action.

Leaders Tadcaster Albion and Shaw Lane Aquaforce will be focued on their Wembley dreams on Saturday, while Tigers travel to Barton Town Old Boys.

Victory for Worksop would move them above third placed Shaw Lane, and to within eight points of Tadcaster, with two games in hand.

Boss Mark Shaw is keen to get closer to the other title hopefuls.

“This Saturday we can close the gap on the top, and overtake the team in third,” he said.

“We want to inch closer to people so that when we play them again, we can move above them.”

“Closing that gap is so important for us.”

Taking three points from Barton will be no easy task, the Tiger boss admits.

“It will be a difficult game, another difficult game.”

“They had a tough start to the season, but they’ve really picked up in the middle part and they’re doing well.”

But he insists his Tigers squad are well versed in what is expected of them between now and May.

“We’ve got to get back to winning ways, we need to focus, the players know what we’re trying to do this season.”

“We want to go on a run now.”

“It’s all about cohesion, working towards that goal and the rewards for the players could be massive at the end of the season.”

This will be Tigers’ first outing since their exit from the League Cup last Tuesday, the recent cold snap forcing the cancellation of Saturday’s trip to Cleethorpes Town.

But Barton Town Old Boys haven’t played since 14th January, suffering a succession of postponements.

The North Lincolnshire side have suffered particularly badly with the weather during the winter, and have only played five games since 29th November.

They sit eighth in the table, 10 points behind Tigers.