Despite Saturday’s disappointing FA Trophy exit to Romulus, Rainworth MW manager Kevin Gee remains upbeat about the start the club has made to the season.
While in cup action, and following a 4-1 loss at Sheffield in their last league match, the Wrens have dropped to fourth from bottom in the Evo-Stik NPL Division One South table.
Now Gee will be looking for his troops to put their league season back on track with positive results from their next two home matches, against Kidsgrove Athletic on Saturday and basement club Lincoln United on Tuesday.
Kidsgrove have a point advantage over Rainworth in the current standings, so a win would lift the Wrens above the Staffordshire side – but Gee acknowledges that both games are big ones for the club if they are to start to climb the league table.
Gee said: “When you go into a new campaign you always benchmark the first 10 league games as an idication of your realistic league position, so with four of those games still to go it’s just a case of taking each game as it comes and evaluating after that.
“As for the cup competitions, you can never put any forecasts into your budgets, but when we sat down at the start of season we targeted £5,000 which has been achieved so that is a big plus.
“Obviously on reflection it could and should have been a lot more. To win games you have to create chances, which we are doing consistently, but unfortunately we are not taking them at present. I’m sure this will come, but at the same time we have been shooting ourselves in the foot at the other end, with experienced players not concentrating in our 18-yard box.
“Saturday was a another case of a missed opportunity, as the Romulus manager confirmed after the game to me that we had created enough chances to have won the game
“In fact he told me that he actually had to change their system for the first time to try to curb the dominance and chances being create. but they are in the hat and not us and I wish them all the best for the next round.”
Looking ahead to the two important games coming up within four days, Gee added: “We now have to concentrate on the tough league campaign ahead and as the league table shows a good week playing Saturday and Tuesday could propel you six or seven places, but at the same time a bad one could drop you deeper into the bottom four.
“I spoke with the Chairman over the weekend, as I do most weekends, as we obviously have short and long term goals .
“In terms of the backroom staff obviously we are a little short at the minute, as ideally I’d like to bring in an assistant manager , a first team coach , a chief scou, and of course we already have Kelly Beswick who is a first class physio.
“But at the same time we cannot burden the club financially as good staff are no different from good players - they will expect remuneration for their efforts .
“However, we have decided now that a key role that would help in the short term, since I cannot be in two places at once, is that we will look to recruit a chief scout, who will receive expenses from the club for watching games and forwarding reports onto me. Therefore anyone interested in the position should contact me directly on 07983 991424
“Financially we have to appreciate and be realistic that we cannot compete with the ‘A-listers’ in this division, so we have to keep finding and developing raw talent, as we have with Blair Anderson who has been a revelation this year.
“The price you pay for that is that such players also attract the interest of bigger clubs, and over the years a club like ours will have had had to let them go.
“Thankfully now, though, we have a chairman who understands football and has forward plans in place both short and long term, so I’m delighted that we have therefore contracted Blair to stay with us to the end of the season in order to continue his development and enable him hopefully to go onto bigger and better things next year .
“But it also shows the intent of the club now that we will no longer effectively be bullied into losing our better players for just financial reasons.
“We have a terrific squad now at the club, and a group of honest players that will continue to work hard and start to turn positive performances into positive results.”
Pictured: Blair Anderson - new contract (picture by Derek Bentley)