UPDATED: New dad Shaw in the mix for Braintree as Rendell remains a doubt

Fresh from scoring the winner at Lincoln City of Saturday, new father Jon Shaw is in Town’s squad for today’s visit of lowly Braintree to Kenilworth Road, writes Mark Wood.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 9th October 2012, 10:49 am

But it’s touch and go as to whether Scott Rendell will have recovered from the dead leg that forced him off at half time during the weekend’s 2-1 win.

Speaking at yesterday’s press conference, Town boss Paul Buckle said: “Jon’s a father for the second time now. His wife’s had a little boy so that great news.

“We’ve given him today off and it doesn’t seem to have done him any harm.

“He’s had a couple of days away and he’s buzzing and what a great weekend for him, so it’s congratulations for the Shaw family.

“He’ll train tomorrow morning with the rest of the players. He’ll be looking to start really.

“Jon will be looking for a starting place but at the same time all the strikers have been at it.

“I think now we’ve got Rendell scoring goals, Shawy, (Andre) Gray and obviously (Stuart) Fleetwood being up at the top of the goalscoring charts.

“So there’s excellent competition all round the pitch now.”

And despite facing some sleepless nights, Buckle believes adrenaline will see Shaw through.

He continued: “You run on adrenaline, he’s going to have sleepless nights, I remember them days myself.

“It’s great for Jon. It’s not an easy time if your wife’s pregnant and you’re trying to be a professional footballer as well.

“We’ve dealt with it well, we’ve given him the time that he needs with his family - of course family comes first - and it’s done him no harm because he’s gone and scored on Saturday, come on and done the business.

“He’ll be looking forward to the game tomorrow.”

But Rendell remain a major doubt, while there are also some other minor knocks.

Buckle added: “Scott, he’s still a bit sore. I’m not sure whether he’ll make it or not for the game.

“We’ve got a couple of bumps but you would expect that if you’ve just come away from Lincoln.

“When you play against David’s (Holdsworth) teams they’re wholehearted and we’ve got a couple of bumps, but I’m hopeful we are not going to be too bad for tomorrow night.”