RAINWORTH MW manager Kevin Gee is hoping that the Wrens’ break from action this Saturday, which will see them halfway through a fortnight without a game, will enable him to get his trio of injured players fit and freshen up his squad.
Good news for the Evo-Stik NPL Division One South club is that Gainsborough Trinity have agreed to extend the loan period of Jonathan Williams for another month.
However, fellow loan player Sam Purcicoe, who has already become something of a fans’ favourite, will be recalled by Grantham Town after the Halesowen game on Saturday week to aid the Gingerbreads’ own survival battle in the Premier Division, for which they are recalling all their players who are out on loan.
The Wrens went into their fortnight off on the back of a 2-1 home win against Romulus last weekend to complete a league double, with Ian Holmes returning for his half term break from university to set them on their way, and acting skipper Callum Lloyd adding the second.
But skipper Mark Camm, Dan White and Danny Bacon all had to sit the game out through injury.
Looking back, Gee was happy to have secured another win at home, and commented: “As you know, we’ve got something of an enforced mini-break coming up with no games until 2nd March, so it was really important for the group that we went into that on the back of a positive result.
“In the first half we played really well and going in 2-0 up was a good platform for us although it could have been more.
“But conceding a goal so soon after the break made us rather nervy, and having not won for a few weeks, confidence was a little fragile, which showed a little bit in our ball retention. But I think we deserved to have a bit of luck based upon our previous performances when we did play well and got nothing from the game.
“To be fair, Romulus were unfortunate to have two stone wall penalties refused, and I certainly think we got the sympathy vote from the officials on those calls, but they always even themselves out over the season.
“Our home form has been good this year and on our travels we have improved, so with 12 games to go we are two points short of last year’s total and we’ve actually won one more game, so we have to be happy with that going into the final quarter of the season.”
On Purcicoe’s impending return to Grantham, Gee added: “We must respect that, of course, but Sam has been terrific for us whilst he’s been with us, both on and off the field, and I wish him all the best when he returns to his parent club.
“But we are grateful to Gainsborough for allowing Jono to stay for another month, especially given that they are bidding for promotion from the Conference North, and are in the semi-final of the FA Trophy and due to play Wrexham in the second leg this weekend – of course we wish them good luck and every success in both of those aims.
“Our own break also gives us chance to try and bring in a few more fresh faces if possible, as a number of seven-day approaches can be followed up this week, so hopefully we get a few positive results from those, especially up front.
“I appreciate that the fans are really happy when Ian Holmes is available to play there. He’s a top striker at this level and will always score 25 goals a season, but realistically we couldn’t afford Ian on a regular basis.
“However, because of my relationship with him and the sponsorship deal I’ve arranged for him on his teaching course in Plymouth, Ian will always travel back and help out during the holidays and half-term breaks.
“We are also in the last eight of the Notts Senior Cup at Dunkirk in March. I watched them on Tuesday night against Causeway United, so I know that it will be a tough away trip for us. But it’s one we are looking forward to, as it’s a competition the club hasn’t won for over 30 years, so that now becomes a priority along with 50-plus points which needs to be our next target going forward to our 12 remaining games in the Northern Premier League.”