Worksop set target of 18 points to end on high

Worksop Town FC v Bridlington Town FC, pictured is Kyle Jordan
Worksop Town FC v Bridlington Town FC, pictured is Kyle Jordan

After two impressive wins in a row, Worksop Town have set a target of 18 points to finish the season on a high.

Tigers are unbeaten in four, and speaking after victories over Pickering and Staveley, boss Mark Shaw revealed the squad’s ambition to go out with a bang.

“Two games ago we said we had 24 points to try and get, and we’ve got six of them, so there’s 18 left to play for,” he said.

“We want to create a winning mentality.

“We know we have been poor for that four months in the middle of the season, so we want to finish on a high, and we have some places to gain in the table, to where we feel we should be.”

Shaw was impressed with the display at Staveley in midweek, when Tigers won 4-1.

And he says their recent run of good form has come despite adversity.

“It was a very strong performance,” he said.

“We restricted them to shots from outside the box, and they didn’t have very many of those.

“We’ve had a very unsettled squad for quite some time, injuries have been a little bit of a problem. We still have two centre-halves playing through injuries.

“We’ve come together over the last month and we’ve played without fear or worry.

We’re wanting to win games, which is what we’ve been trying to do all season, but maybe they’ve put too much pressure on themselves, or felt it from outside influences.”

Shaw’s men entertain Nostell on Saturday at Sandy Lane (kick-off 3pm).

They’re likely to be without the services of top goalscorer Kyle Jordan, but the other strikers have been finding the net in his absence.

Shaw said “KJ he’s done something to the bottom of his foot. He’s trying to get fit, he started to train last Thursday but reinjured it.

“He’s working hard, he wants to play and wants to be part of it. He’s had a relatively good season, a very good season in goalscoring terms.

“We have players scoring goals, Dre Johnson has come in and has scored four, Andy Ofosu is chipping in, we just have to get everything else right.”

Tigers welcomed Jack Hawkins back to the action at Staveley, and it was obvious to Shaw that the fans had missed the diminutive midfielder.

Hawkins’ return, after almost a full year away, is evidence that the club still appeals to players who have departed.

Shaw said: “It was good to hear the supporters singing his song, he loves it. He enjoyed his 10 minutes, playing in front of people who put him up as a bit of a hero. He’s a young lad, a small lad but he gives you 110 per cent and you can’t ask for any more. He’s good to see him back in the shirt.

“Players want to come back and play for the club, because of what we want to do and we shouldn’t forget that.”