RAINWORTH MW will introduce a new face into their squad for tomorrow’s Evo-Stik NPL Division One South visit to Northwich Victoria - but they have also bidden farewell to another member of the side.
Following Tuesday’s poor defensive display, manager Kevin Gee has reacted quickly by bringing in experienced defender Ashley Kitchen from near neighbours Carlton Town, and the ex-Millers skipper will go straight into the squad for the game at the Vics’ temporary Marston Road (Stafford) home.
Gee expressed his gratitude to Carlton who have agreed to waive the seven days notice of approach for the player, and explained: “After Tuesday night’s first half display, which was the worst since I’ve been at the club, it was clear that decisive action was taken.
“It wasn’t so much that we were 3-1 down at half time, since we had some poor performances last year, but more the fact that we now have a very good squad which is more than capable of matching teams in this division when it comes to the basic defensive principles.
“But concentration, work ethic and organisation just weren’t there in the first half which is not acceptable, and it’s my job to do something about it.
“I’ve known Ashley for a long time. He joined us at Glapwell when he was first released by Mansfield Town five or six seasons ago so, I know what he brings to the table. He’s a very good defender, has leadership qualities as he of course was captain at Carlton, he communicates, and he’s a winner, so I’m delighted that he has decided to join us.”
However, although one man joins the Wrens for this weekend’s trip, one has now left the club, with Gee agreeing to cancel Barry Payne’s registration with immediate affect.
Gee added: “I had a long chat with Barry over the weekend about the situation and it has now been mutually agreed that we cancel his form with us.
“Baz is a top professional and a top bloke, but at 31 he needs to be playing now week in week out, and unfortunately I cannot guarantee that.
“Barry has been promised more football at another of our Evo-Stik neighbours, so I’ve agreed to cancel his registration with immediate affect and wish him every success.”
It is understood that Payne will team up with his former Retford United manager Brett Marshall at Hucknall Town.