Rainworth manager Kevin Gee was in reflective mood after seeing his side put in a disappointing ‘After the Lord Mayor’s Show’ performance against Newcastle Town on Saturday.
The Wrens were not even a pale shadow of the side which had beaten promotion-chasing Carlton Town on Easter Monday, and a 2-0 defeat ended a four-match unbeaten run which Gee had hoped to carry through to the end of the season.
Gee described it as ‘a game too far’ for everyone, and said: “We put in a really flat performance with expectations high after the win against Carlton, and we never got going.
“But I can’t be too critical, the lads here have been terrific on the whole and have put in some very good displays.
“And if this game was flat in terms of what we expected, it shows only how much expectations have risen within the club.
“We still have one game to go, at Stamford on Saturday, and it will be a difficult place to visit, but we have to go there and give it our best shot.
“My tactics didn’t work against Newcastle, so I take the responsibility, but I have to thank the players for what they have achieved, and their overall form and record since I arrived has been at least mid-table.
“We have preserved our place in this league, we have won more points than last season and we will finish higher in the table than last season, and these were my targets when I arrived in November.
“Stamford’s manager Tommy Brookbanks is a good friend of mine, and we’ll have a laugh and a joke, but we are going there to win the game and finish the season with a bit of style.”
Rainworth will be looking for a league double over the South Lincolnshire club, having turned in one of their best performances of the season to beat the Daniels 3-0 at Kirklington Road in December.