Rainworth joint boss Ian Robinson believes club will pull away from Evo-Stik Division One drop zone

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Joint manager Ian Robinson believes Rainworth MW can and will pull clear of the Evo-Stik NPL Division One South drop zone.

Robinson says that after some hectic transfer activity in the last few weeks the Wrens have a squad in place which is well capable of pulling clear of danger.

The joint boss was speaking after Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Stafford Rangers - a scoreline which, he said, flattered the promotion-chasing former Conference outfit.

Rainworth led for half an hour after Dean Freeman had put them into a ninth minute lead, and with the scores level in the second half Romello Nangle was desperately unlucky to see a great shot swerve at the last moment and come back off the post.

Robinson said: “Goals change matches and had that gone in we would probably have taken something from the game. But we gave it a good go against a very good side. They put in another pleasing performance despite the result, and for 65 minutes we were more than a match for them.

“What we have here is a lot of youth, which gives us the legs and the energy, but on the other hand their lack of experience leaves them a little bit naive at times. That can be worked on in coaching.

“We’ve got experience in the side too, down the spine, with Dan White, Tommy Hannigan, Emeka Nwadike and Romaine Graham, so after being busy recruiting new players in the past few weeks I believe we now have a squad which is pretty much how it will be for the remainder of the season, give or take an odd one or two to come.

“It’s nice to be in a position at last where we aren’t having to spend every day of the week hunting players. Our last five performances have all been good, we haven’t always had the rub of the green in some, but we are a threat, we have pace and power, and there are goals in us. So it’s pleasing to see that we are moving forward.”

Nevertheless the stern tests continue to come, and this weekend the Wrens travel to in-form Spalding United, who are currently sitting in their highest ever position in the Pyramid. They lie fifth, inside the play-off places, with games in hand over some of their rivals, and are unbeaten in their last 12 games, 10 of which have been won.

The Tulips were rocked by the resignation of manager Pat Rayment on Friday, but a change of heart and mind saw him back in the dugout the following day for their 2-2 draw at Norton United.

A week later comes the massive six-pointer at Market Drayton Town, who are below the Wrens in the table but have games in hand, so that will be a ‘must win’ showdown.