THE power cut which caused an unscheduled 15-minute delay midway through the first half of Rainworth MW’s home Evo-Stik NPL Division One south match against Stamford on Tuesday night was almost poetic.
For the lights went out also on the Wrens’ seven-match unbeaten sequence which had lifted them into the play-off zone, as a very good Daniels side proved too hot to handle on the night and went back down the A1 celebrating a 4-0 success.
It would be true to say that Rainworth have played much worse and won, and the scoreline flattered the visitors somewhat, for Rainworth were guilty of more or less gifting three of the Stamford goals.
The result and the performance provided Wrens manager Kevin Gee and coach Ian Whyte with much food for thought, but the duo sought to take the positives, while refusing to paper over the cracks which led to the margin of victory.
Gee insisted: “We’ve been on a great run, and other clubs in the league are having to sit up, take notice of and do their homework on us, but we have put in a rather flat performance against a very good side.
“Stamford played exceptionally well and sometimes all you can do is to hold up your hands and admit that you have been beaten by a better team.
“You could say that there were not four goals between the two sides, but I’ve said before that this game is all about particular moments, and apart from one superb strike for their second goal the other three were all preventable.
“We have been working hard in training on defending set pieces, but we are still giving goals away from those situations, and less than four minutes into the game we’ve shot ourselves in the foot by conceding from a set play, while looking at their third and fourth goals, both were down to errors which would have embarrassed Sunday morning defenders.
“So, from that point of view, it’s been a bad night at the office, but there is still a long way to go, and we will learn and bounce back from it.
“We will remain positive, but it is noticeable how much our recent run of form has raised expectation levels among the fans, who are consequently doubly disappointed to lose 4-0.
“However, there were some very good individual performances from our players out there, and we should not under-estimate what a good side Stamford are. They had done their homework, changed their style and played a certain way, and have done what they have done well, although our defending helped them.
“It was just disappointing that this happened just when we had a few more watching us than had been the case lately.
“What we have to do is to look at what we did well ourselves and build on that, but also pick up on what we still have to work on, because we are still a work in progress, which is why we are thinking more in terms of Thursday evening’s training session than Saturday’s trip to Gresley.”
Whyte agreed, adding: “The past seven games have given us a super ride that we’ve all enjoyed. The Stamford game has provided something of a reality check, but we’ve had some good pockets of play between the goals we have conceded.
“Now we have to look at Thursday to set ourselves up for Gresley and, hopefully, to start another good run which will keep us in the top places in the division.”
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