RAINWORTH Miners’ Welfare Football Club officials have paid a huge tribute to the kindness and generosity of fellow Evo-Stik NPL Division One South neighbours Belper Town.
For the second time inside a month the Nailers released one of their players last Saturday to allow him to sign for Rainworth while agreeing to waive the notice to which they were entitled.
Belper skipper Mark Camm was allowed to join the Wrens in time to play against Lincoln United on Saturday, even though the Nailers were entitled not only to seven days’ notice of approach, but also to a 28-day period after they had earlier also allowed Tommy Hannigan to return to Rainworth.
Both Camm and Hannigan had joined Belper in the close season from Rainworth, whose supporters are delighted to have them back.
Camm’s presence in midfield at Lincoln made a huge difference to the side’s overall performance in a 0-0 draw.
Said Wrens secretary Les Lee: “We are very grateful to our friends at Belper for allowing us to take Tommy and Mark in quick succession without insisting on the required notice of approach - in Mark’s case they were entitled to 28 days following the signing of Tommy, so they have been especially generous and we would wish to place our appreciation and thanks to them on record.
“Needless to say, we have made a gentlemen’s agreement not to play Mark against Belper next week.”
This was the third occasion during September that Rainworth had benefited from the generosity of a local rival club, for as well as the two arrivals from Belper, Worksop Town had earlier also waived the seven days notice to allow striker Danny Bacon to join. It is clear that the spirit of non-League football is alive and well in the East Midlands.