Rainworth boss looks for response

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Rainworth player-manager Scott Rickards is looking for a response when his side host Scarborough Athletic on Saturday.

Boro cruised to a comfortable 4-0 home success against boss Rudy Funk’s former club earlier in the season, much to the frustration of Rickards.

Rickards said: “We’ve got some games within the next four or five which should be winnable but we’ve also got some tough ones to come, including Saturday at home to Scarborough. Any manager likes to put one over on a former club, and Rudy Funk enjoyed a lot of success here.

“We keep emphasising that this is a division where anyone is capable of beating anyone, and Scarborough are the only team to have given us a real hiding this season. So we will have something to prove against them. That night everything seemed to conspire against us - a nightmare journey, a late arrival, a slow start, individual errors, and, it must be said, excellent opposition.

“What happens on Saturday will be down to our attitude, and I need to have 11 players out there with the same commitment as Sam Saunders, who was only 70 per cent fit himself when he replaced me in that game, but still set an example which needs to be followed.”