Rainworth boss Julian Watts shoulders most of blame for Worksop Town defeat

Rainworth Miners' Welfare v Worksop Town.                'Liam Theakstone takes a shot on goal.
Rainworth Miners' Welfare v Worksop Town. 'Liam Theakstone takes a shot on goal.

Manager Julian Watts has held up his hands and accepted most of the responsibility for Rainworth’s 3-1 home defeat by Worksop Town on Saturday.

But he added that too many of his players were also out of sorts on the day as the Tigers took another step towards their goal of a return to the Evo-Stik League at the end of the season.

Watts said: “We made it difficult for ourselves, but I also made it difficult for us by changing the formation after watching Worksop beat Sheffield in the Sheffield Senior Cup on Wednesday night.

“Having seen how they play, I wanted to try to break their pattern. It backfired, and maybe I should have left things alone after a few good results, so I must take it on the chin.

“But having said that, given the way we were on the ball, I think whatever formation we had used we would have struggled, because apart from one or two individuals like Connor Smythe and Matt Thompson, we were really below par, with too many players not at their normal levels.

“We didn’t trouble them unduly up front, and the manner in which we conceded the three goals, and especially the first and third, was terrible.

“They say that goals change matches, and at 1-0 down we had an excellent chance to equalise but didn’t take it when te ball came in a bit too fast for Liam (Morris). On another day we would score in that situation and would have gone in for half time in better shape.

“As it was, added all together it became an uphill task al the way for us.

“I have a lot of time for Mark Shaw (Worksop Town manager). We share the same philosophy, and he has a good, competitive squad, so when you are not at your best against a side like that it makes things doubly difficult.”

Rainworth have no midweek game ahead of Saturday’s long trip to Bridlington Town, and Watts plans to use the opportunity for training to work on some of the things that went wrong against Worksop.

He continued: “We’ll do that, we’ll revert to our familiar shape, and hopefully we can improve. It’s a nice set-up at Bridlington, with a big pitch that will help us to get back to our passing game which was stop-start against Worksop.

“Our major problem was that when we had the ball we didn’t use it well enough, and we need to get back to normal as quickly as possible.”

Meanwhile Watts rolled back the years on Sunday when he turned out for a Leicester City Legends side which beat their Nottingham Forest counterparts 3-2.