Rainworth MW will go into Saturday’s Toolstation NCEL Premier Division match at Brigg Town relieved on two fronts.
The first relief is that the match is going ahead at all, after the crisis-hit North Lincolnshire club managed to pay off their massive electricity bill so that the power to their Hawthorns ground can be re-instated after it was cut off during September, forcing the postponement of one fixture.
Secondly, Wednesday night’s last gasp 2-1 victory at Parkgate means they will not be travelling to their former Evo-Stik League rivals on the back of five defeats.
It was a close call though. The Wrens trailed to a sloppy 16th minute goal against the run of play, but Jack Andrews speared home a great equaliser in the 88th minute before Liam Morris grabbed the winner in the fourth added minute.
Manager Julian Watts reflected afterwards: “It seemed as if the win was never coming. We had never quite found the quality at the right time in the opponents’ box, although we still created five or six clear cut chances which on another day might have been taken to make our job a lot easier.
“Parkgate are scrapping for points just now but they worked hard to make it difficult for us, and when we gave away a sloppy goal, which is a bit of an issue for us at present, it put us on the back foot with a bit of a hill to climb.
“But to our credit we didn’t panic and start hitting hopeful long balls, we carried on playing our good football even when it didn’t seem as if it would be our night, and when we did get the equaliser we had the momentum and the courage to go on and get the winner.
“As a manager I’ve never experienced four successive defeats before, so five would have been a nightmare, but we deserved the win in the end. The quality of our football was excellent, we probed and prodded for the whole game and restricted Parkgate to the odd breakaway.
“When the equaliser went in I would have settled for the point, but I knew we had it in us to go on and win it. The endeavour and character we showed in going on and getting those two late goals says a lot about this group of players.”
Saturday’s game at Brigg brings together the two sides who finished in the relegation positions of the Evo-Stik League Division One South last season, although both had already submitted their resignations to the league.
Brigg’s woes have continued at the lower level where they remain anchored to the foot of the table, but they, too, will be going into the game on the back of a win, having triumphed at Liversedge last Saturday for only their second success of the season.
Watts is not taking the game lightly though. He continued: “It’s great for them that the bill has been paid and they can carry on. No-one likes to see any club in trouble, so the news for their players and staff is good. It would have been terrible for them if they hadn’t been able to pay the debt off and maybe have to pul out of the league.
“They have some good news to build on, so I’m looking forward to going there. Their big pitch will suit our style, and the aim is for three more points.
“Despite question marks in some areas at Parkgate I feel that on our day we are a top six side, but we need to show that regardless of who are the opposition, and go out and dominate with our brand of football.”