2 months ago
By Gordon Foster
Manager Ben Marvin is looking for Rainworth MW to build on Saturday's FA Cup victory against Dunkirk as the Wrens go into their next two fixtures.
After Dunkirk had taken a 15th minute lead from the penalty spot, goals either side of the interval by Liam Jepson and Blessing Adaleye saw the Wrens into the next round and a mammoth task at near neighbours AFC Mansfield.
But before then they have the little matter of trying to secure their first East Midlands Counties League win at the third attempt at Ashby Ivanhoe when they make their longest trip of the season in the league on Saturday.
Marvin (pictured) was understandably in ebullient mood following Saturday's cup success.
He said: "The boys and the management are really happy to have progressed against a side from a league above us who have got some very good players. We've finally got a win, the performance was there, and although with 10 men we couldn't quite manage it at Kimberley in midweek and had to settle for a 1-1 draw, I thought we were very good value for this result.
"AFC Mansfield will be formidable hosts in the next round. Last season the two clubs were in the same league and both matches ended in draws. But they are now two leagues above us and came through 6-0 away to Kirby Muxloe who themselves still a league above where we are.
"But it's a local derby and a cup game, and anything can happen, so we will go there and do the same things as we did against Dunkirk, be positive in our approach, and enjoy a great day out. We know we will be very much the underdogs but we will enjoy the occasion.
"Both clubs are in different situations from last season. While they have obviously strengthened for their new level in the Evo-Stik League we are a club rebuilding for the future, but the lads are relishing the challenge.
"Our priority, though, is this weekend and Ashby away. Paul (assistant manager Paul Rockley) knows a lot about them from last season so we will go there full of confidence and try to record our first win in the league."
Updated 17:00 - 14 Aug 2018 by Gordon Foster