Worksop Town manager happy after groundshare is extended

Worksop Town v Thackley at Sandy Lane. Jono Wafula scores for the Tigers.
Worksop Town v Thackley at Sandy Lane. Jono Wafula scores for the Tigers.

Mark Shaw says he is delighted that Worksop Town will be playing home games out of Sandy Lane again next season.

Earlier this week it was announced that Town had agreed a deal with landlords Handsworth Parramore to continue their groundshare agreement into the 2015-16 campaign.

Tigers’ boss Shaw says he is happy that the club can continue to be based in the town for the foreseeable future.

“It’s very good news for the supporters,” said Shaw.

“It’s a complex deal but it’s important that we’re still playing our football in Worksop.

“I’m happy because hopefully it means we can continue to get healthy crowds like we have been getting this season.

“A lot of people have worked hard behind the scenes to get this done.

“I know it costs a lot of money to stay here and it isn’t cheap, but we’re very happy to have got it sorted.”

The deal was announced earlier this week after Town officials thrashed out a deal with Parramore’s owner Pete Whitehead.

Club secretary Paul Stacey said: “We are delighted to have signed a groundshare agreement to stay at the Windsor Foodservices Stadium, Sandy Lane for the 2015/16 season.

“It is vital that we stay in Worksop as we try to build our fanbase, especially to help attract the next generation of fans.

“Our fans have suffered enough in the past having to travel out of Worksop to watch home games - Sandy Lane is home to the fans.

“It is essential we stay in Worksop as we look to establish and build links with the local community, including extending our Football in the Community Programme further.

“If the club is to survive and flourish we have to stay in Worksop.

“Extending the groundshare at Sandy Lane gives us the opportunity to build on all the hard work that has gone on at the club this season.

“The Club would like to thank Pete Whitehead and Handsworth Parramore for allowing us to extend our groundshare agreement.”

As far as on-field matters are concerned, Shaw was pleased with back-to-back victories last week.

The Tigers overcame a potential banana-skin last Sunday when they beat Ellistown & Ibstock 2-1 in the FA Vase second round.

Shaw says the scoreline doesn’t truly reflect the nature of his side’s performance.

“I thought in the Vase game that we controlled the tempo for much of the match,” he said.

“They came out and had a go at us, which we expected.

“We always looked menacing but there was just a little bit of cohesion missing from our game.

“However, we did enough to get through and it’s all about progressing.

“The FA vase is a fairytale competition and to get through was the important thing.”

That win earned Town a third round clash at home to Midlands Football League outfit Westfields FC a week on Saturday (December 6).

Town were in action again on Wednesday night when they ran out 3-1 winners over Thackley at Sandy Lane.

Shaw says he was far from pleased at the performance and expects more of his players when top-of-the-table Tadcaster Albion visit for a mouth-watering clash on Saturday.

He added: “Against Thackley we were never in full flow.

“We spoke at half-time about the standards we had set ourselves and we eventually came out with the win.

“Their goalkeeper pulled off some fantastic saves and I thought 3-1 flattered them.

“We were very sloppy at times but, considering we had a few players missing, we still got the job done.

“Saturday (against Tadcaster) is the beginning of the big games for us.

“They’re flying and this is just the start of a very difficult period but we need to relish it.

“They’ll be coming to us and will be a little bit in the unknown.

“Obviously they will have had us watched but we’re a new, young team.

“It’s important to remember that in July we still didn’t have a side and yet we’re now third.

“Saturday will be a big test for us and we’ll see what Tadcaster are made of.”

Meanwhile, Shaw has allowed youngsters Luke Weaver and Jacob Dawson to move to Shirebrook Town.

He added: “Shirebrook is a good football club who we have a good relationship with.

“They try and do things the right way and it’s important Luke and Jacob get some game time.”

The Tadcaster game is followed by a trip to Maltby Main on Wednesday (December 3).