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Wrens Look To Emulate Cleethorpes

1st September 2016

Wrens Look To Emulate Cleethorpes
Boss Julian Watts says he is looking to his Rainworth MW side to emulate Cleethorpes Town's surge up the league table last season.

Like Rainworth this season, the Owls began horrible last season, including a 6-3 defeat at Kirklington Road, before taking hold of their season by the scruff of the neck and finishing as title challengers.

The Wrens were beaten 2-1 by the Humberside club on Tuesday night - their second 2-1 defeat in four days following last Saturday's loss at Liversedge.

But there were encouraging signs from both matches, especially in the two second half performances. However, the results leave them with still only three points from their first six league matches, and out of the FA Cup too.

Watts says that this Saturday's game against managerless and hitherto pointless Armthorpe Welfare has now become a 'must win' showdown. But they will most probably have to do so without last season's leading scorer Liam Morris, who picked up an injury on Tuesday night just when he was beginning to show signs of last season's form.

Speaking after the Cleethorpes game, Watts said: "We have been more than a match for two very good sides, we've created the better chances and for the second time we've been unlucky not to get anything, But it's one of those things that when you are down things don't fall for you.

"That's where we are, something of a tough position, but I'm confident we have the squad to get us out of it.

"We've talked about conceding poor goals, just as Cleethorpes were doing at the start of last season, but they stuck to their guns and their transformation was spectacular. That is exactly what we have to do to get ourselves out of our situation.

"I regard this squad as the best I've worked with for a very long time, and I'm confident we will get out of it.

"I know it's easy to say that, so what we need to do is to go into Saturday's game and look to take all three points.

"Armthorpe are managerless at the moment and they are having a bit of a bad time, which is never nice to see, but unfortunately we are in no position to be able to show them any sympathy. It's become a must win fixture for us to give us a bit of breathing space and push us up into the middle of the table, so that we can kick on from there and start to climb to a position where we believe we should be.

"Liam's injury has come at a bad time for him personally as well as for us, he was just getting back to where we know he can be. He and Aaron Moxam have played together before and know each other's game, but we have to take these setbacks into our stride, and there will be someone to step into Liam's boots and do the job for Saturday."

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