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Wrens reveal new management duo

7th May, 2018

Rainworth Miners Welfare have named their new managers to succeed departing boss Craig Denton who has stepped down following the end of the season.

The new manager of the Wrens, who finished tenth in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division but have taken voluntary demotion down to Step 6, is Ben Marvin whose most recent job was first team coach at National League Guiseley.

Ben brings as his number two a familiar face to Wrens fans in Paul Rockley who, until departing to take up a coaching role at Evo-Stik League Premier Division Coalville Town, was a member of Denton’s coaching staff at Rainworth.

Marvin worked at Guiseley and, prior to that at Barrow and Torquay United, under former Mansfield manager Paul Cox, as head of opposition analysis and first team coach.

His earlier career saw him as first team coach at the then Evo-Stik League club Eastwood Town, and U18 assistant manager, tactical scout and head of performance analysis at Mansfield.

Now, he is eager to establish himself as a number one, in the same way that Craig Denton has done with Rainworth this season.

Denton’s departure has been brought about by the club’s heartbreaking decision to step down to a more affordable level, and the club wish him and his staff well wherever their next move takes them, but the pattern is the same - an eager young manager given his first taste of life in the hot seat with the hope of a similar level of success.

Rockley needs no introduction to Rainworth supporters. He moved on from the Wrens in October to take up the position of head coach of the development squad and stand-in first team coach, after first joining Rainworth under Julian Watts’ managership in 2016.

He had earlier taken coaching and assistant manager roles at Eastwood Community and Clipstone.

The new management duo are well aware of the much tighter budgetary constraints that will be in place next season and, while Rainworth still await news from the FA as into which league they will be allocated, the aim will be a mixture of youth and senior players.

Marvin said: "I am delighted to have been appointed manager of Rainworth Miners Welfare Football Club. After speaking to chairman Les Lee and the board the club’s long term goals become clear.

"Even though the club will be stepping down from the Northern Counties East Football League, it is being done with a vision of building a sustainable, ambitious model inclusive of the local community.

"I have brought in Paul Rockley as my assistant manager, who has fantastic knowledge of this level. I believe this, coupled with my most recent experience as first team coach at National League clubs Guiseley and Barrow over the past three years will give us the tools to begin the process of building Rainworth into a progressive and competitive community club.

“I look forward to everyone joining us during the coming season as we strive to begin reclimbing the football ladder in a sustainable manner, and can’t wait to get started.”

(Story Source: Rainworth Miners Welfare)

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NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
P Pontefract Collieries 42 102 96
P Pickering Town 42 96 75
P AFC Mansfield 42 96 67
4 Handsworth Parramore 42 85 43
5 Maltby Main 42 75 31
6 Hemsworth Miners Welfare 42 72 27
7 Penistone Church 42 72 27
8 Bottesford Town 42 69 9
9 Bridlington Town 42 64 21
R Rainworth Miners Welfare 42 63 -5
11 Liversedge 42 57 3
12 Hall Road Rangers 42 55 -1
13 Barton Town (-1) 42 55 -12
14 Garforth Town 42 52 -29
15 Albion Sports 42 48 -8
16 Thackley 42 47 -9
17 Staveley Miners Welfare 42 47 -31
18 Athersley Recreation 42 46 -23
19 Worksop Town 42 46 -26
20 Harrogate Railway Athletic 42 31 -62
R Parkgate 42 26 -58
R Clipstone 42 2 -135
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
P Knaresborough Town 42 100 61
P Yorkshire Amateur 42 88 77
3 Grimsby Borough 42 85 57
P Eccleshill United 42 85 48
5 Shirebrook Town 42 81 31
6 Glasshoughton Welfare 42 77 31
7 Selby Town 42 75 34
8 Hallam 42 73 42
9 Campion 42 73 30
10 Winterton Rangers 42 61 2
11 Swallownest 42 58 -11
12 AFC Emley 42 57 -5
13 Rossington Main 42 53 -14
14 Dronfield Town 42 52 -13
15 Ollerton Town 42 47 -24
16 Armthorpe Welfare 42 46 -25
17 Nostell Miners Welfare 42 40 -36
18 East Yorkshire Carnegie 42 34 -34
19 Worsbrough Bridge Athletic 42 33 -48
20 FC Bolsover (-6) 42 30 -76
R Brigg Town 42 29 -54
R Retford United 42 24 -73

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