Tigers have a job to do

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Saturday’s visitors to Sandy Lane might be rock bottom of the Evo-Stik Premier League, but Mark Shaw wants his players to prepare like they would for the league leaders.

Droylsden have just two points to their credit after 19 games, and have been hit for 73 goals in that time.

The league’s top scorers, Worksop could be forgiven for licking their lips at the prospect of cutting loose on Saturday.

But Shaw said: “The most important thing is that we pick up three points.”

“It doesn’t matter if it’s Droylsden or Skelmersdale on Saturday – the entertaining football and high scoring is all well and good, but I want to win and not concede.”

“You don’t know what kind of team is going to turn up, they could sign 10 players from the Conference tomorrow.”

“They’re struggling but we have a job to do.”

Tigers’ three strikers Leon Mettam, Tom Denton and Jack Muldoon have netted over 50 goals between them already during the campaign.

But Shaw wants them to forget personal tallies as they face the league’s so called whipping boys.

“Our forwards could get a bit complacent and try to go and get hat-tricks, and it could turn out to be a bit of a nightmare,” he said.

“We’ve got great goalscoring, but we’ve said that goal tallies and goal charts are a personal thing, they’re nothing to do with us – the points are the priority.”

Shaw says he’s happy with where the club are placed as they near the halfway point of the league season.

“We’ve gone about our business and seen that we can maybe get into a bit of a chase at the top.”

“We’re joint third and that’s a great achievement for a group of younger players.”

“A lot of people probably wrote us off, after the budget cuts in the summer and a couple of hefty defeats earlier in the season.”

“We’re positioned well for this time of the year, we’re not trying to be the pacesetters, we’re in amongst it.”

And he was delighted to end the club’s poor record at Ashton last weekend.

“It’s a tough place go to, the pitch wasn’t brilliant and they had a go at us, but we showed a consistency, it was very pleasing.”