Rainworth MW look to build momentum after thumping win

STILL UNBEATEN -- Belper United.
STILL UNBEATEN -- Belper United.

Tuesday night’s thumping 6-0 win over Armthorpe well and truly laid Rainworth MW’s home bogey to rest.

Going into the game the Wrens had won just two and lost four of their Toolstation Northern Counties East League Premier Division fixtures at home, whereas Saturday’s single goal triumph at Bridlington Town made it five wins out of seven on the road.

Delighted manager Julian Watts was delighted to see the balance evened up a little ahead of the coming Saturday’s home fixture against Liversedge.

Speaking after Tuesday’s match, he said: “While our away record has been impressive, we had generally not done it at home, and it’s shame when that happens.

“The supporters see a good result away from home, then they come here looking forward to the game and we’ve not been quite at it in the way we should be, which leaves us and the fans disappointed and frustrated.

“Our previous home defeat by Worksop was a cvsae in point, but after going up to Bridlington and winning on a ground where not many visiting teams will get anything, this time we were able to come back and show our non-travelling fans what they have been missing.

“We were stunning and dominated much of the first half, and although it was slightly disappointing that at 3-0 towards the end of the half we began to get a little bit casual, Liam Morris’ hat-trick goal in added time gave us the luxury of turning round 4-0 up.

“In fairness to Armthorpe they made it much harder for us in the second half, and they huffed and puffed a bit, but in the main we were in control, but generally we moved the ball around well, we got the goals, we put on a performance, and we made it two clean sheets in a row, which was pleasing all round, and it carries us nicely into the Liversedge game on Saturday.

“I’m hoping now that we can start and put a bit of a run together and get to where I think we deserve to be in the league table. Right now I’m still less than happy at our league position (eighth), so it’s something for us to look at and try to improve on.

“With all due respect to our next few opponents, we have some games coming up where I would expect us to win. If you look at the form table and the games we have played, there is only one club above us who we have yet to play, whereas there are six below us, which shows that we have played the stronger teams in the division so far.

“And we’ve done this while still in the process of building our squad, which isn’t yet the finished article, we have still one or two movements to come.”

On the subject of recent acquisitions Watts was full of praise for his two latest signings, goalkeeper Sam Leigh from Frickley Athletic, and young forward Declan Brewin from AFC Mansfield.

He continued: “Sam has been excellent in the two games he has played so far. The fact that we have been conceding too many goals was not entirely down to his predecessor Nathan Burrows, because the fact is that as a team we’ve made costly errors at times and have been punished for them. Sam played 25 games in the Evo-Stik Premier last season. He’s got a lot of quality, a big, big personality, and a voice you can hear all over the park, which is great. He hasn’t put a foot wrong so far which speaks for itself with two clean sheets, so it’s great to have him on board.

“Declan, I think, is such an exciting young talent. He’s only 18 but he has strength and pace, and as we saw with his goal he’s got a great finish too. It may have got a deflection which helped, but the great thing was that his thought was positive when he got the ball. He asked himself ‘Can I get a shot off?’ and that’s something you need from all your attacking players, so he will fit in nicely with what we are trying to do.”

Fixture change

Supporters should note that the Wrens’ home game with Maltby Main on 31st October has been postponed until Tuesday, 1st December, because Maltby have an away FA Vase fixture at Shildon. Instead the Wrens will have an early chance to avenge their recent 1-0 home defeat by Pontefract Collieries when they travel to Beechnut Lane for a return fixture brought forward from 13th February.