Rainford is ready to stake a first team claim

Jamie Rainford hopes to get his chance in the first team soon
Jamie Rainford hopes to get his chance in the first team soon

Striker Jamie Rainford says he is ready to stake his claim for a place in the starting line-up ahead of the Shaymen’s trip to his former club.

Rainford admits he has been frustrated in the early part of the season, which has seen him forth choice behind Dale Johnson, Gareth Seddon and Lee Gregory.

Each of his four appearances this season all coming from the substitutes bench - but with Seddon facing a three match ban after he was sent off for violent conduct at Bradford Park Avenue, Rainford could be in line for more first team action.

“Being on the bench has been frustrating,” said Rainford.

“I thought pre-season went well and even though I wasn’t necessarily expecting to start the season I would have liked to have started a game or two by this stage.”

Rainford has looked sharp during his cameo appearances - and bagged their fourth just 10 minutes after coming on at half time of the 5-1 demolition of Workington.

“When I’ve come on I think I’ve made an impact and it was nice to get the goal on Saturday because it was a bit of a weight off my mind,” he said.

“I think it was something like eight months since my last league goal so I’m glad I got one.”

And Seddon’s ban could set the stage for Rainford to force his way into manager Neil Aspin’s starting line-up.

“It’s not ideal that we’ll be without Seds for a few games but if I get a chance then I’m aiming to take it,” said Rainford.

“It’s not the nicest way to get a game but if I do then I want to impress the manager.”

With a home game against Oxford City on Saturday followed by the trip to his old side Chester, Rainford said it would be the perfect time to get a run in the side.

“I was looking out for the Chester game when the fixtures were announced and I’d love to start that one, but we’ll have to wait and see,” he said.

On the season so far, Rainford said: “I think seven points from 12 isn’t too bad. We know the teams at the top are going to lose games eventually and we’ve got to be ready to take advantage when they do.

“The Colwyn Bay result took us all a bit by surprise but we’ve reacted well from that.

“The atmosphere in the dressing room is good at the moment and all the new lads have settled in really well,” he added.