Rainford admits he was wrong

Halifax Town v Hinckley.
Halifax Town v Hinckley.

Jamie Rainford has admitted he was wrong to react as he did when he was left out of the Town squad against Guiseley seven days ago.

And he is ready to fight for his place in the side as the Shaymen bid to secure their place in the Blue Square Bet North play offs.

The former Chester man left the ground before kick off against the Lions last week after being told he would not be involved.

Boss Neil Aspin was unhappy with the striker but the pair met on Friday to discuss the issue and Rainford was back at the stadium at the weekend, running hard in the hours before kick off in a bid to force his way back into contention.

“It basically comes down to my desire to play,” said Rainford about his decision to leave before the Guiseley game had kicked off.

“And the way I have reacted to things is sheer frustration at not being able to play.

“I understand what I did was wrong and this week we can put it behind us.

“I knew I wasn’t going to be involved on Saturday but I had to go in and show the Gaffer and the lads I was prepared to work hard

“I came in, worked hard, got my head down and now I have to try to get myself back in contention.”

Whether Rainford is back in favour for Friday’s trip to fellow promotion chasers Stalybridge Celtic remains to be seen.

He certainly hopes so given that things are really hotting up in the race for a top five finish.

But he may have to wait until Monday when Town entertain Boston United given that they won so impressively against Histon on Saturday.

“There is still a long way to go,” said Rainford. “I don’t know if and when I am going to get back in the fold but hopefully it is sooner rather than later.

“All the teams around us won on Saturday which showed how important it was to get the points.

“It was significant with Nuneaton losing their points last week and with two games over the Bank Holiday, if we can get six points we won’t be far off.”

Stalybridge can overtake Town in the table if they beat Bishop’s Stortford in their game in hand on the Shaymen at Bower Fold this evening.

Guiseley can close the gap on leaders Hyde FC to just a couple of points if they can beat Gloucester City at Nethermoor.

Town’S directors are helping fund the transport for fans wishing to travel on the official supporters coaches to Stalybridge Celtic on Friday.

Places can be book now by calling 07707 143094 amd there will be no charge although a donation can be made towards the cost on the day.Transport leaves the Shay at 1pm.