Jody Banim confident for Morpeth Town visit as Kane Drummond’s Warrington Rylands exit explained 

Jody Banim Warrington Rylands vs FC United of Manchester

Warrington Rylands manager Jody Banim is confident as the Blues host Morpeth Town this weekend.

Sam Egerton’s goal with two minutes of normal time left ensured that they shared the spoils with FC United of Manchester.

But with the recent positive showings in their performances against Whitby Town and FC United, Banim has expressed his confidence ahead of the visit of the North East side.

Speaking to Off The Park, he said: “Similar to us, we had a bit of a bad run and we’ve kind of got through that four points out of the last six so you’d expect a bit of quality in their side and to turn it around at some point, hopefully it’ll be after Saturday.

“We’ve got to keep a settled squad, we’ve added some real quality so I’m not concerned about anybody else, we’ve went to South Shields, we were on the wrong end of a result, played well, dominated the game and we’re just chance conversion away from putting a real run together and if we do that, I don’t worry about anyone in this league.

“We went to FC United who are second, dominated them for large parts, with the ball we’ve not got an issue, we could tighten up at the back but if we can start taking our chances I’m confident of beating Morpeth on Saturday – regardless of what Morpeth turns up.”

This week there was another high-profile exit at Gorsey Lane as Kane Drummond’s departure to Macclesfield was announced.

The attacker was a part of David McNabb’s side that won back-to-back promotions and reigned victorious at Wembley in the FA Vase, but his time came to an end after completing his move to the Silkmen reuniting with his former boss.

He added: “Kane’s been a brilliant servant for Rylands over the years and previous to before I came into the job. He’s been at the front of every good that the club have done in the last four years so from that perspective it’s really sad to see him go.”

But the Blues boss conceded that an exit had been looming for the forward with moves away from Gorsey Lane falling through previously.

“He said was unhappy under Dave McNabb as well, the board said he wanted to leave them so we made arrangements for him to leave,” he said.

“Telford were really keen on taking him so we did the deal with Telford, that fell through, he said he wanted to knuckle down – he did, I think he scored seven in six – and he was playing really well.

“But he got distracted over the last couple of weeks and I think you can see that in his performances so it was best for all parties that he makes that fresh move and we can move on now as well.”

Regan Linney’s brace fired FC United into a two-goal lead however AJ Leitch Smith and Egerton fired home for Rylands to ensure they made it four points from six.

But for Banim, he was slightly disappointed that they didn’t come away with three points. He continued: “It was more than what we deserved in the end, I think we’ve dominated and we should’ve been dominated, the possession we had and the chances we created it was the only disappointing thing at half-time that weren’t coming in leading.

“Second half we started really well again and they had a spell of 15 minutes in the second-half, getting the two goals which is disappointing. We made a few substitutions again and got the point we deserved at the very least.

“We could’ve pinched it at the end as well, the pleasing aspect is that we lose that game a few weeks ago so we’ve got a little more strength in depth with the signings to give us options starting and off the bench to change the game.  It was highlighted on Saturday that the depth really does help you, certainly when you need to change the game.”

[Featured image: Warrington Rylands – Mark Percy]

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