Rainworth MW looking to record first double of the season against Albion Sports

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Rainworth MW will record their first double of the season if they can beat visiting Albion Sports on Saturday.

The Wrens won 3-2 in Bradford in their second game of the season to collect their first points of the campaign.

And optimistic manager Julian Watts says that the side has improved out of all recognition since then.

Albion leapfrogged Rainworth to go third in the table while pushing the Wrens down to eighth following Wednesday night’s home win over Armthorpe, But only three points part the two sides and Rainworth have four games in hand plus a better goal difference, so a win would certainly lift them at least one place in the table.

Watts’ side missed out on their first double last Saturday when they lost 3-1 in the gale at Cleethorpes Town. But a changed side returned to winning ways on Tuesday night with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Nottinghamshire Senior League Beeston to book a home tie against either Ruddington or Sherwood Colliery in the quarter-final of the Notts Senior Cup.

Reflecting on those two contrasting results and looking forward to the Albion game, Watts was left to count the cost of his side’s failure at Cleethorpes to take full advantage of the favourable conditions in the second half after turning round only 2-1 down.

“We played the conditions fantastically well in the first half and took the lead,” he said. “But the way Cleethorpes turned the game around with two goals from crosses which should have been better dealt with was disappointing.

“We had kept the ball down and passed it around, coped with the gale and created a few chances of our own, although we only took the one.

“But at 2-1 at half time I expected us to go on and win the game 4 or 5-2. Unfortunately we didn’t play well with the wind behind us, we didn’t keep the ball well enough, and when we were pushing for a late equaliser they hit us on the break to make it 3-1.

“The Beeston game was a potential banana skin for us. They had gained a good result against Teversal in the previous round and were up for it against us. We changed things around a bit to give some of the squad players some game time, and I know that when you do that it can backfire.

“We did get a good result in the end but we huffed and puffed more than I would like and, with only one goal before half time from the lion’s share of possession when it should have been two or three, they came at us early in the second half and we had to ride that out before we killed them off.”

Looking forward to the weekend, Watts continued: “The result against a very competitive and tough team at Albion was really pleasing. We were a couple of players light and were having to chop and change the side around, but the players who came in stepped up to the mark.

“We’ve improved a lot since then and have a more settled side, so I hope we can show how far we have come on since then and get the right result to put us back in the mix.”

Meanwhile, the Wrens are back in cup action on Tuesday night when they make the trip north to Leeds to face Division One side Yorkshire Amateur in the third round of the League Cup.

“It’s a winnable competition and my teams always seem to do well at Yorkshire Amateur, but it will be a big game for them with the chance of a Premier Division scalp.

“So we have got to go there and set our stall out as we did against Beeston, and try to get ourselves into the hat for the next round,” concluded Watts.