Worksop Town are hoping to end a disappointing run of results with victory in a tasty-looking Christmas local derby at NCEL Premier Division rivals Retford United on Boxing Day (3pm).
A 3-1 defeat at Clipstone on Saturday was a fourth loss on the bounce for Mark Shaw’s men, though they remain second in the table with games in hand.
“We were disappointing again,” said Shaw. “I thought we got off to a good start, but mistakes cost us throughout the 90 minutes.
“To be fair to Clipstone, their game plan worked for them.
“We had plenty of chances, more then them by a long way, so Clipstone deserve credit as they took theirs well and made us pay for our mistakes.
“Yes it’s four defeats, but two have been cup games and we have experimented a bit. They are just statistics for me.
“Where we are in the table is irrelevant until the end of the season really.
“It has been a disappointing month. But we can go top if we win our games in hand as can Parramore.
“It is a very tough league with only one winner at the end of it from over 20 teams. To be in and among it at this time of year – that’s the important thing.
“If we were sitting mid-table I think people would be disappointed with our progress.
“Last year went really well. Now we have to keep our foot on the gas and get back to winning ways quickly.
“We need to get back that work ethic that got us to the top of the table in the early part of the season and find that form again.
“We have some good players here so I am not worried.”
Shaw said last week he had plans to bolster his squad for the second half of the campaign but no new faces materialised for the Clipstone game.
“Nothing will happen now until after Christmas,” he said.
“We have got some requests in and will be speaking to these players at the right time.”
Now he is preparing his troops for the game at Retford, having won there 6-0 last year as well as slamming them 7-0 at home for a convincing double.
“This game comes at a good time as we didn’t have a Christmas game last year,” said Shaw.
“It is good to be going to Retford. They will be trying to get one over on us as we hurt them pretty badly on two occasions last season.
“Chris Sellars is a good manager who knows what he’s doing.
“I hope we get quite a few fans go down there and enjoy the festive game.
“For us it’s all about getting the three points.”