Rainworth prepare for tough tests against Halesowen Town and Romulus

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RAINWORTH MW prepared for what will be a tough weekend with a pleasing Evo-Stik NPL Division One South point against high-flying Kings Lynn Town on Tuesday.

The Wrens will seek to carry that form into a busy weekend to come in which they will play two matches in three days - at Halesowen Town on Saturday and Romulus on Monday.

Manager Kevin Gee will be looking not only for Tuesday’s impressive performance to give his troops a boost, but also for the side to go for their first away league points of the season - their only success on their travels so far was at United Counties club Sleaford Town in the FA Cup.

Speaking after Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with the Linnets, Gee said: “It was a good performance, and my players delivered what was asked of them against one of the two sides in this division that I regard as a bit special at this level.

“Kings Lynn and Coalville Town are flying, but the rest of the division is extremely tight, and anyone is capable of beating anyone.

“Our scoring record has been our problem in the past, but we have now scored eight goals in our last four games, which has to be pleasing, and although conceding twice was a disappointment, at kick-off time I would have been happy with a point against a club which has shown itself to be a top side.

“Having taken the lead and then fallen behind, the lads reacted very well to equalise, and we could even have won it , but a point against a side like Kings Lynn has to be a very good result for us.”

Gee has identified this season as the first of a three-year plan to develop the village club, after keeping them in the division following his arrival at the end of November last year.

He continued: “Our supporters should note that, while 10 points from 10 games is not quite where we would wish to be, when I took over at the end of November we only had 11, and there are many more matches to come before the end of November this year, so the comparison with last is still a positive one.

“It’s a work in progress, and the objective this season is to make us more competitive with other clubs at this level. This year is about profiling the club, and when you consider that we are playing and competing with big clubs like Northwich, Kings Lynn and Halesowen, for instance, on a regular basis now it shows that as a club we are moving in the right direction.

“Football, as we know, is a results based business and perhaps some of out loyal fans may be disappointed that we have not always got the results we have deserved so far, but anyone who watched the game tonight would say that there is not a million miles between Kings Lynn, who are up there, and ourselves.”

Meanwhile, Gee had a word of praise for new defender Ashley Kitchen, who joined the Wrens last week from Carlton Town, and likened him to last season’s now departed skipper Steve Kennedy.

“Ash is a talker who brings the best out of those around him,” saidd the manager. “He’s a great defender who does the basic things effectively, and will make a big difference at the back for us as he settles into the side.”

Looking forward to the coming two fixtures, Gee revealed that he had watched Romulus and Halesowen play each other before the Wrens’ FA Trophy tie at Romulus, and although Rainworth lost that tie, he believes that both games are winnable if his team can transfer their home performances to their travels.

Gee ended: “Halesowen showed in that match that they are a resilient outfit and a good side, but perhaps a few people are now starting to understand that, on our day, so are we.”