Mark Shaw’s latest message to the fans:
Pre-season is well underway and we are now in the middle of the pre-season schedule. I am fairly happy with the way the progression is going. The squad is starting to come together and even though we are still looking at potential signings as trialists we are beginning to get a settled group of players at training and in games.
The importance of pre-season for me is to get the players up to match fitness and get the players conditioned ready for the season. I think fitness wise we are looking good. Most players have got one or two 90minutes under their belt and players look physically strong. I made sure that every game would be a test and be difficult. I didn’t want to play really lower level team as it becomes a little false when you have the ball for really long periods. It’s just not going to happen like that in the season. Each game we have played has been a test against teams who have aspirations of success this season and we will be up against that competitiveness all season.
Another positive for me is that the team is starting to gel together. I feel that this is the hardest part of putting your side together. Getting players on the same wave length, playing the same way and getting to know each others games and abilities. Slowly over the last week we have started to gel together as an attacking group and players are starting to link up. I am looking forward to actually putting out my main eleven.
I know it’s not always about the results in friendlies but I have been bitterly disappointed with some of the defeats. I’m not a great loser and even in pre-season I want to win no matter what side takes the field and whom we play against. Players working, playing cricket and being on holiday have made things a little disjointed but I do believe we have very good squad that will learn, development, progress and play great winning football. We have used and looked at a lot of players and the reason for this is so we can see if there is a player who maybe good enough for the squad.
A main problem from last season is having to deal with injuries which players picked up last season but weren’t managed properly with their recovery and rehabilitation. I know that Gabi, John, Pete and myself have become frustrated for players like Metts, Kern, Laurence Gaughan and Reece Twell in the re-accuracy of there injuries or slight niggles.
I have learnt a lot about our squad and what we really need to be working at during training. We will be working on our attacking play and dead ball situations. The players are on board with what I’m trying to do with regards the way we play and that is very encouraging.
This week Ash Jackson has gone out on loan to Goole in the Evo-Stik Division 1 South as I look to see our younger player gain valuable 1st team experience. I really like Ash and believe that he will become a major part of the squad in the future. Kyle Jordan who was a player here before has joined Parkgate. Kyle is a very good player technically but just needs to be playing games. Alex Nightingale will be joining a Northern Counties Eastern Division team over the next week so that he continues his good progress. Nathan Modest needs games and confidence and to find some goals. We have agreed to let him go on loan to Rainworth MW. I feel that he will get more chances, score goals and help his confidence. We have also sent Sam Jepson out on loan to Ollerton Town to go and get some 1st team experience.
I don’t expect many more incomings over the next 2 weeks leading up to the season. We are still looking for a young centre half and will be looking for him till we get one sorted. On the flip side we are disappointed that Josh Hill will be leaving us as he will be relocating to London due to a change in work. I had seen Josh play when he was at Ilkeston and thought he had real potential. I am really disappointed to lose him.
I am nearly set on my 11 to start the 1st game of the season, probably 2 or 3 position still need to be sorted with regards players fitness and players making those shirts their own. I think we have a strong young squad that will grow over the season. These players want to be here and want to play for the club. I feel that is a massive positive for us. Over the next couple of weeks we’ll putting the finishing touches to the squad and getting all the players ready for the first game against FC United.
I was delighted when the fixtures game out. I always said I wanted a big one to start with against one of the favourites. A big test and a team that want to do one better than last season. For me it’s a big challenge, a game that everyone will want to watch and be involved in. We will have our players right up for it and ready for what will be a very difficult game. I was pleased with the FA Cup draw and the FA Trophy draws as well and gives us a good opportunity to progress. We want to start well and get on a good run of unbeaten games so we can find our feet and have something to build on.
My message to supporters is still the same as we when we arrived. This is a new team that is gelling together and it maybe a bit frustrating at times but they are working hard for the club and you. It may not look it at times but they are and having spent the last 6 weeks with them they are good honest lads who are desperate to do well for Worksop Town. We will get these young players playing good quick football and they will learn and they will help the club progress. These players have worked hard during pre-season and come the first game of the season I would hope that they get there rewards for all the hard work they have put in.