Mark Shaw hit out at what he called one of the ‘most cowardly’ tackles he’s ever seen, after being sent off for the first time in his career.
The Tigers boss missed the final stages of Saturday’s 4-0 win over Maltby Main, having received his marching orders for kicking the ball at Joshua Nodder, who left Tom Elliott injured with a wild, late tackle.
Elliott – currently training with Sheffield Wednesday Under 21s – left the pitch on a stretcher before going to hospital, while Nodder and Shaw were both dismissed by referee I. Dudley.
Shaw said: “The sheen has been taken off the game, massively.
“It’s one of the worst tackles I’ve ever seen, one of the most cowardly. He’s wiped him out, over knee high, it was a disgraceful tackle.
“They seemed to come with that attitude of kicking us.
“It started with a tackle on Scotty, one of them went in over the ball on Tom in the first half and the referee said it was a good tackle, Mitch Husbands has had studs down the front of his shin, Conor Sellars has a massive stud mark on his shin.”
The boss admitted he had reacted angrily to Nodder’s challenge on Elliott.
“I’ve sent Tom up to the hospital, I’m worried.
“I react because I can see atrocious treatment of our players, they’re young lads.
“And I’ve been sent off for hitting him with the ball from 20 yards, sent off for the first time in senior football, ever.
“Tom’s got a chance, even if he doesn’t go to a professional club, he’s got a chance to play higher.
“My career was cut short by a reckless challenge and I don’t want to see that happen to one of my lads.”
The boss fired a warning to other teams who might consider a physical approach when taking on Worksop Town.
“I don’t think people have got any brains if they think we’ll quit when they kick uss, we just roll our sleeves up and carry on.
“We’ve got warriors in our dressing room, and I’ve a lot of respect for our players because they don’t shy away from physical abuse, they’re not afraid to keep playing.”
His team, who picked up a fourth consecutive 4-0 victory, won praise for their first half showing in particular.
“The first half eperformance was outstanding, everyone involved, free flowing football. We look a threat from everywhere.
“That was probably the most professional first half from a Tigers team in my career here.”