Division One South club Rainworth MW may have been upset not to stretch what was already their best winning sequence in the Evo-Stik League to four matches, but Tuesday night’s draw 2-2 with Market Drayton extended their longest ever unbeaten run at this level to five.
Tuesday’s result was something of a disappointment, the Wrens having led 2-0 just after half time before conceding two bad goals to set pieces, but in the end manager Kevin Gee was satisfied with the point gained ahead of another couple of challenging away fixtures.
Speaking after Tuesday’s game, Gee admitted that it had been probably the side’s flattest performance of the season in terms of creative attacking play.
But he pointed out: “We’ve been on a fantastic run, and you will always get the odd game where you are below par as we were tonight, but we’ve come out of it with another point.
“At this level you expect to win from a position of 2-0 up, but we seem to need to score three to win matches, as we have had to do in each of our three recent wins.
“It was disappointing that both of Market Drayton’s goals came from set plays, but we’ve now got 20 points on the board which is half way to retaining our Evo-Stik status and it’s still only October.
“It took us 10 games to attain our first 10 points but the second 10 have come in four matches, and you can’t do it in less than that. Any club picking up points at that rate we will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season.”
With trips to Leek Town on Saturday and Belper Town on Tuesday, Gee admits that his men need to get their latest performance out of their system and start again.
Both clubs are currently in the lower reaches of the division, but Gee insists that is irrelevant.
“Both sides are in false positions in the league table,” he continued. “I’ve seen Belper this season and for me they are as good as anyone in the division, while Leek are behind with their fixtures as a result of cup runs.
“It’s not about them, though, it’s about us. At this level provided you prepare properly it doesn’t matter that much whether you are at home or away.
“The result against Drayton will have brought the group back down to earth in terms of where we are in the league. The club may not yet be ready for a step up to the next level, but our target for the end of October was to be in the top half of the table and we have achieved that. So now we set our target for where we want to be at Christmas.
“A lot of clubs would dearly love to be where we are now, but there is still a long way to go, and the nature of the division is that a couple of wins can propel you well up the table while a couple of defeats can drop you back towards the foot.
“Expectations may have been high before the Market Drayton game, but five unbeaten is not a bad return.”
Meanwhile Callum Lloyd should be available to return to the side to travel to Leek on Saturday after serving his one-match ban on Tuesday.