Welfare boss targets home comforts

FOOTBALL Kimberley MW v Graham St Prims. Pictured for Kimberley is Roberto Labbatte.
FOOTBALL Kimberley MW v Graham St Prims. Pictured for Kimberley is Roberto Labbatte.

Kimberley Miners Welfare chief Paul Rawden wants his side to maintain their proud home record this weekend.

Welfare are back in league action at the Stag Ground for the first time in four weeks when Anstey Nomads are the 
visitors on Saturday.

Last weekend saw Welfare fall to a forgettable 4-1 loss at Arnold Town, but Rawden says that setback is only a minor blip.

He told the Advertiser: “We’ve only lost once in 28 games at home.

“It’s a proud record that we want to hold on to for as long as possible.

“We work on the principle of people enjoying their football and building something up at the club.

“We’ve had a great start but we’ve just hit a sticky patch.

“Although, saying that, last weekend was our first defeat in seven.

“I’d rather forget about last Saturday to be honest!

“We got what we deserved and we can’t have any excuses.

“It showed me that we haven’t got the strength in depth and it didn’t help with the amount of players absent.

“We’ve got a horrific injury list.

“The problem at the moment is that when we get a couple back, then a few others get injured or suspended.”

Kimberley experienced more pain in midweek when they crashed out of the EMCL League Cup at the second round stage.

They lost 3-2 at home to Barrow Town despite taking the lead twice, and although his side exited the competition, Rawden is still buoyant about the team’s prospects this season.

“I want to win every game,” he added.

“It’s not a case of prioritising competitions.

“What it does do is that it enables me to use fringe or squad players in the 
cup games.

“Our primary target obviously remains to qualify for the FA Cup and we’re on course to do that.

“The league is always our priority but to get into the FA Cup would be nice.

“It’s a competition that can generate income and can allow a club like us to plan far ahead.

Meanwhile, Kimberley’s recent Notts Senior Cup win over Hucknall has earned them a testing last-16 trip to Rainworth MW.

The tie, to be played on Tuesday December 2, represents a tough assignment for Rawden’s troops, but it is one that he is relishing.

He added: “Rainworth is probably the toughest draw we could have asked for.

“They are the highest-ranked side left.

“But these are the games you should relish.

“Obviously we’d have liked them at home, given our record, but the underdogs can have their day.

“I’d rather go and get knocked out by an Evo-Stik League club as opposed to a lower-ranked team.

“The lads are full of confidence.

“They love a battle and they have nothing to fear.”