3 months ago
By Gordon Foster
New manager Lewis Saxby has set out his intentions for Rainworth MWFC after taking over from departing boss Ben Marvin this week.
Saxby and assistant Dan Machin have made the short trip over from Central Midlands neighbours Blidworth after guiding the club to the second round of this season's FA Vase, beating higher grade clubs on the way.
And with the kind co-operation of their former club they have also brought in a number of players from the Blidworth squad in a bid to lift the Wrens clear of the relegation dogfight.
People may well wonder why the new boss chose to leave a club where he was enjoying notable success to join another club which has been in turmoil results wise.
Son of former Wrens boss Gary (the one-time Mansfield Town defender), Saxby explained:
"For me, other than Mansfield Town, Raibnworth are the biggest club locally, and I say that in the knowledge of AFC Mansfield's rapid rise in recent seasons, because Rainworth are the club with the history, so I've always wanted to be involved here.
"Dad being manager some years ago may have played a part in that, but I want to be able to do an even better job than he did. Anyone who knows me knows that I am ambitious. I'm not one to just stand still, I want to try to climb as high as I can and I see this as my next step up.
"I know the club has been in turmoil but I would like to try to get up to mid-table which I believe is a realistic aim now for this season.
"Two wins would lift us out of the bottom four or five, and we have some decent fixtures coming up, so that's my immediate aim.
"West Bridgford on Saturday is a big one, it's a nice one to start with. They are down there with us at the moment, but having said that, it's too early at this stage of the season to be talking about six-pointers."
Updated 10:19 - 24 Oct 2018 by Gordon Foster