Tough test awaits Wrens as they face the runaway leaders
RAINWORTH will go into tomorrow's home fixture against Evo-Stik NPL Division One South leaders Coalville Town on the back of a couple of contrasting results.
Tuesday night's emphatic 4-0 Doodson Cup triumph at Division One North strugglers Goole was as effective an antidote as could have been wished following the 5-1 defeat at Sutton Coldfield.
That result in the West Midlands did not paint a true picture of the balance of play, although Wrens boss Kevin Gee had a few searching questions of his own to ask his men.
But his side were paid a glowing tribute afterwards by Royals assistant manager Ross Thorpe, who said: "To score five against a good side like Rainworth was a bonus. People will look at the score, and feel the win was emphatic, but Rainworth are one of the best footballing sides we've faced this season. They move the ball very well, and first half, they really moved us about, especially in and around our defensive third.
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"We tweaked a few things at half-time, just to become more compact and stop them playing, and it worked better."
Gee countered: "Up to 44 minutes I would have said we played exceptionally well going forward and created numerous chances, and two unforced errors and individuals not concentrating and doing the basics right defensively meant we were going into the half behind.
"But the third goal right on half time, followed by two more in the second half, shows why we are not higher in the league than we are.
"Their fifth goal was taken exceptionally well, but one ball back to front against two strong centre halves, and then seconds to react to the second phase, which we didn't do, is poor defending and we should be doing better with those situations.
"Yes, its nice getting compliments from opposing dug outs as to the type of football we are playing but we are becoming a bit of a soft touch when it comes to good, resilient defending.
"We tweaked the formation a bit at Goole and looked a lot more solid out of possession but, with respect to Goole, they are not Coalville and we will still have to do better tomorrow against the most potent attack in the division.
"But we have a terrific group of players who are willing to learn and take up the challenges we give them."