Rainworth MW’s 2-2 draw at Goole on Tuesday night was exactly the reaction demanded by their management to Saturday’s woeful home defeat by Romulus.
The Wrens had stuttered to their worst performance since Ian Robinson and Gary Sucharewicz took over as managers at the Evo-Stik Division One South club, and the duo had warned that they expected a positive reaction at the Victoria Pleasure Ground.
That was exactly what they got despite taking a paper-thin squad to Humberside as the Wrens battled back after twice falling behind, and the positive result extended the run of Tuesday night successes - they have lost just one Tuesday match so far this season, that one in the Doodson Sport Cup at Loughborough in previous caretaker boss Dean Short’s last game in charge.
Now they are looking to transfer that form to Saturdays when they make the tough trip to former Conference Premier club Stafford Rangers on Saturday.
Speaking after the Goole game, Robinson said: “Goole is not an easy place to come to on a cold Tuesday night, and you have to bring your ‘A-game’ if you are going to come away with anything.
“The lads have showed consistently that they are up for the challenge, and Saturday was the first time they have failed to do that, so we wanted and needed a reaction, which I’m pleased to say was what we got tonight.
“One or two have left, one or two are carrying injuries, most of the lads are still in the process of regaining their fitness after a late start to their season, and we still need to add one or two to the squad. That’s something we are working on but we have to be sure that we are bringing the right players in.
“The players we have got are showing a willingness to work hard, and put a shift in, we’ve seen that tonight, and we’ve come away from home and got a good point.”
There was no better illustration of this than that provided by striker Alex Ford, whose work commitments meant he was unable to travel north in time for kick-off, but he was named as substitute, arrived just after half-time, and got on for the final quarter-hour.
Looking forward to Saturday’s trip to Marston Road, Robinson added: “It’s a tough test for us. I’ve been there several times, played there, taken teams there. They have a big pitch, and also a partisan crowd behind them, but the lads should enjoy that.
“It’s not often they get the chance to play in front of a sizeable crowd, so they will be well motivated, and tonight’s performance should have put them in good heart for the challenge.”
That match is followed next Tuesday by a home date with newly promoted Spalding United, who have made a fine start to the season.