Rawden: Late goals are costing us crucial points

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Paul Rawden says the concession of late goals has cost his Kimberley Miners Welfare side more than ten points this season - and that he’s keen to see that trend stopped as they push for a top eight finish.

Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Graham St Prims saw two goals in the last 11 minutes turn the game around despite Prims having had a man sent off.

But Rawden says it is the goals being conceded even later than that which have been his biggest concern so far.

He said: “Of the seven games we’ve drawn, five have seen us concede in the 90th minute or later, so we could have up to ten more points than we’ve got now.

“Saturday was also crazy because I think we had about seven one-on-ones that the goalkeeper saved. Had we made 1-0 into 2-0 I believe we’d have gone on to win quite comfortably.

“So it’s clear we need to turn some of these results into wins if we’re to achieve our main aim of a top eight finish and FA Cup qualification.”

Rawden has added Long Eaton United striker Blaine Hancock to the ranks at the Stag Ground and also expects Matt Savage to arrive from United over the next few days, both with good experience of playing at a higher level.

“They’ve both done well for Long Eaton in the NCEL so are the kind of players we want here as we aim to build for next season,” said Rawden.

“I want to build a side that’s young and can stay together for a long time as that will help us move forward. I don’t want to be signing 14 or 15 players again next season. So bringing these lads, and other recent signings, in now is not only to help us short-term but hopefully long-term too.”

Rawden says he is happy with the way the club is moving forward since a dramatic couple of days earlier this month that saw him initially resign before then agreeing to continue in his role after an emergency meeting.

He added: “We’re already making improvements to the infrastructure and have lots more plans to help the club build for the future.

“My argument always was that there is scope to progress here and we need to put blocks in place to make this club bigger and better for both staff and fans as time goes on. It will take time, but it is now starting to happen in earnest.”