Worksop Town talking to potential signings as Shaw looks to get Tigers roaring again

Worksop Town manager Mark Shaw
Worksop Town manager Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw says Worksop Town are in talks with potential signings after four games without a victory.

Tigers went out of the League Cup at the hands of Barton Town Old Boys on Wednesday night and saw goalkeeper Jon Kennedy sent off.

While Shaw wasn’t too dismayed to exit the competition, he admits Tigers have to turn their fortunes around soon.

“We know we’re lacking in certain areas and we’ve got to be better,” he said.

“We’ve got to start going back to the start of the season when we went 10 games unbeaten, when we weren’t playing very well but getting results.

“At the moment we’re not playing very well and not getting results.

“We need to go on a good run now and see where the land lies, it’s important that we pick up league points quickly and then everyone will be a lot happier.

“We need to look at things in a positive way, we’re going to get back on a run, we’re still second in the league.”

After the departure of Conor Sellars, and with Tom Elliott seemingly on his way out, Shaw knows he has to add some new faces to the squad.

“We’re trying to get players in.

“We’re talking to players not attached to clubs who we’ve got a lot of interest in, we’re in competition with other clubs to get those players.”

“Making the group click again, and gel, that’s also important to me.”

Worksop have time to prepare for their next outing, a trip to Clipstone who have also struggled of late, with two wins in their last six league outings.

Shaw said: “We’ve got a week off, so we’ll try and get injuries settled down.

“We’ve got to win our next league game, and then we’ll have a look at what everyone else has done.

“Handsworth getting beaten by Bridlington was a plus, so if we win our game in hand we go top of the league.

“It’s the beginning of December and all I’m bothered about doing is getting our group right. No one is running away with it.

“For us it’s about getting things right and over the next week that will be the priority.

“The next game will be vital.”

As for Wednesday’s defeat, Shaw was convinced the referee made a mistake in the second half when Tigers were appealing for a spot-kick, but he also said his team’s inability to carry out instructions cost them dearly.

A heavy back pass at a risky moment put keeper Jon Kennedy in a tight spot, and he was forced into a foul that saw him receive his marching orders.

Shaw believed it was avoidable.

“That’s a stonewall penalty on Mitch Husbands. Everyone in the ground can see that he’s gone round the centre-half who has taken him down. The referee didn’t think it was enough for a penalty. I’m asking the referee, did he get the ball, and he won’t answer the question.

“But what makes me mad is that it’s the League Cup, and now we’re going to lose our goalkeeper for one game.

“I’ve said to them at half-time, stop going back to Kendo, stop throwing back to Kendo, play it forward.

“And even after that, Mitch has gone in goal and had more touches from back passes than balls forward when he was up front.

“I’m relieved there were no points on the table because I’d be devastated.”

It would have all been so different had the woodwork not denied Worksop early on, he insisted.

“I think we could have been 2-0 up at half-time, we’ve hit the bar twice.

It’s a poor defeat, it’s poor not to score but if we scored in the first 30 seconds it makes the night easy, but we make things difficult.”