Worksop Town boss Mark Shaw plays down plum FA Vase tie with rivals Tadcaster Albion

Worksop Town manager Mark Shaw
Worksop Town manager Mark Shaw

Worksop Town this week landed a plum FA Vase second round tie at NCEL Premier Division title rivals Tadcaster Albion.

But Tigers boss Mark Shaw played down the tie, insisting his players needed to concentrate on staying top of the league before the trip to second-placed rivals Albion on November 21.

Worksop are back in action at 17th-placed Nostell MW this Saturday after a blank weekend and Shaw said: “In all honesty I am not bothered about the FA Vase at the moment.

“I am more interested in winning league games and cementing our place at the top of the league. The Vase will take its turn to become important when we get the end of the month.

“In the meantime we have a job to do. Winning league games is the priority, starting with Nostell MW away on Saturday.

“Tadcaster in the Vase is probably the tie of the round. But it’s irrelevant at the moment.

“Tadcaster should be thinking more about their opponents on Saturday than us and that’s what we are trying to do as well. If they don’t they will come unstuck against Parramore.”

Shaw said it was frustrating to have a blank weekend in the middle of a fine run of form.

“We just want to play football and it’s a bit boring when we don’t,” he said. “We have had a few Saturdays without a game but that’s how it goes with the ground-sharing situation and there is nothing we can do about it.

“We want to keep our league form going and win football matches to stay top of the tree. We want to start creating a gap where other teams can see is starting to pull away. That’s what we plan to do on Saturday.”

Julian Lawrence will be serving his one match suspension this weekend following his sending-off in the 2-1 home defeat against Tadcaster last month.

That was the Tigers only defeat in a run of 12 games in which they have won the other 11 and last time out smashed Liversedge 6-0.

A new addition to the squad this week is Jordan Hodder from Clipstone FC, who is a 20-year-old right back formerly at Sheffield United.

During his time at the Blades he spent a loan spell at Buxton and after leaving United he joined Sheffield FC.

Barton Town Old Boys overcame Rossington Main 2-1 on Wednesday night to book a trip to Worksop in the third round of the NCEL Cup, the tie to be played at Sandy Lane on Wednesday, December 2 (7.45pm).

There is more cup action on Wednesday when Worksop host Frechville CA in the third round of the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior Cup (7.45pm).

Worksop’s U19s went out of the League Cup losing 4-2 at home to Hucknall Town U19s. Their next game is Thursday away to Hallam FC U19s in the league (7.45pm).

On Sunday Worksop Town Ladies lost 5-2 at league leaders Huddersfield Town A Ladies, Leah Hardy with both goals for Worksop.

This Sunday the ladies are away to Hemsworth Miners Welfare (South) Ladies league action.

Worksop Town Ladies have this week been drawn away to New Bohemians FC Ladies in the second round of the Womens’ Challenge Cup. The tie is due to be played on November 15 (1.30pm).