Welfare boss keen to see draws turned into victories

Kimberley winger Cashel Walters (right) in action against Borrowash earlier this month.
Kimberley winger Cashel Walters (right) in action against Borrowash earlier this month.

Draw specialists Kimberley Miners Welfare still need to be more ruthless in front of goal if they’re to achieve their aims this season, according to manager Paul Rawden.

Welfare sit 12th in the East Midlands Counties League, only three points behind a top eight spot that would see FA Cup qualification for next season.

But having drawn nine of their 26 matches - more than anyone else in the division this season - Rawden is in no doubt about where the main problems lie.

He said: “We’re creating so many good chances but not taking enough of them. The lads are missing the kinds of chances that earlier in the season were going in.

“It’s been the story of our season that we’ve drawn too many games and we need to start turning those situations into wins.

“I’d say we’ve only had two games this season where we’ve been comprehensively beaten, at St Andrews and at Arnold. We’ve only been behind once at half-time all season which tells you that if we can start killing teams off sooner we’ll get the rewards.”

Despite his concerns over the number of draws, Rawden was keen to keep things in perspective as the club continue to find their feet at level six of the pyramid.

He said: “In all fairness we’re still learning all the time and will hopefully have some key players returning from long-term injuries in the next week or two.

“We’re a very young side, mostly 20/21-year-olds with a couple of more experienced heads in there too, but overall we’re solid, competitive and not far off our target of a top eight finish.”

Off the pitch, work is continuing at pace to get the Stag Ground ready to meet ground grading criteria for the EMCL.

New turnstiles and seats have been purchased and are ready to be installed, with March 31 being the deadline for the ground to be up to scratch.

Rawden added: “Things are going really well off the pitch and we’re growing by the week.

“The club is now evolving to suit the level it’s at, having been an amateur club for so long.

“The aim is to then push on even further from next season onwards.”