Worksop Town resembled a teenager this week, with a wild mood swing between Saturday and Tuesday.
The feeling in the camp shifted from frustration after a 0-0 draw at home to Heanor, to satisfaction and optimism after a 4-0 rout of Liversedge.
Whereas Mark Shaw had cut a dejected, angry figure at the weekend, he was a much happier man in midweek.
Speaking at Liversedge he said: “Pitch conditions play a big part, we had a lot of changes, a change in formation, but it has turned into a walk in the park in the end.”
Some of the reason for Shaw’s contentment on Tuesday will have been events elsewhere, as fellow title rivals Tadcaster suffered a shock defeat at home to Thackley.
The Tigers boss, who has seen his men go eight unbeaten in the league, believes the pressure is on leaders Tadcaster and title favourites Shaw Lane Aquaforce.
“They have got to go and win all their games, Shaw Lane have to win all their games in hand,” he said.
“Tadcaster have maybe run out of that bit of last minute luck.”
“They’ve got the FA Vase, they can see themselves in the semi-final so they won’t be focused on the league.”
“We’ve just got to do our job.”
Shaw also addressed concerns that his side needed more attacking threat, and their tendancy to invite pressure by playing at the back.
After watching his side record a sixth clean sheet in eight league games and score their 95th NCEL Premier goal, he said: “We’ve been moaning about the number of goals we’ve scored, but maybe we haven’t given Garforth and Heanor enough credit for defending well.”
“And we do take chances, but I prefer to see us play good football as opposed to the hoof ball most teams play.
He did have one complaint however: “There was a very rash tackle in front of us that the referee let go.”
“On Saturday those two challenges were high and late, and I’m worried about that week in and week out, I’m going to run out of players.”
“Those kind of challenges can’t take place anymore, someone is going to get seriously hurt.”