Rainworth's Pockets Picked
Rainworth found out the hard way today against Stocksbridge Park Steels just what it’s like when you invite ‘Fagin’ to the party.
In a game that for long periods they controlled; they managed to have their pockets picked not once but three times through their own naivety. Rainworth have developed a style of passing play that is very pleasing to the eye, however they must quickly address the areas of the pitch that they play it in.
In the opening exchanges it was Rainworth who took the game to their opponents; but they quickly found out that teams from a higher level need no second invitation to capitalise on lapses in concentration. After conceding a needless corner, they were punished when Darryl Weston was left unchallenged at the far post.
For the next ten minutes the ball rarely made its way into the Rainworth half and it should have been rewarded in the 16th minute when Stephen Akers found Ryan Goward but his shot agonisingly went just the wrong side of the post. The home fans were now beginning to sense a Rainworth goal; but once again they contrived to gift one to the opposition. A rare sortie deep into the Rainworth half, was initially defended well, until once again they showed their naivety. Instead of clearing the ball up field they attempted to pass it out of defence only for the ball to find Stocksbridge’s Mark Fish in the penalty area. The defence did well to regroup but a mistimed tackle resulted in a penalty which Mark Fish duly converted.
The game continued much as before with Rainworth attacking with some delightful football, however in front of goal they were lacking the cutting edge. The third Stocksbridge goal in the 26th minute mirrored the second in that once again a desire to play football near one’s own penalty area gifted the ball to Stocksbridge. On this occasion Gavin Ellison gleefully accepted the gift, rifling the ball into the net.
The game reached halftime without any further goals, Rainworth continued to spurn their opportunities and Stocksbridge hit the crossbar from a corner. It was hard to believe looking at the scoreboard that the half had been a fairly even affair, with Rainworth possibly shading it.
Rainworth substituted Ben Spargo for Alex Bolt at the start of the second and after an initial Stockbridge burst continued to attack their opponent’s goal. Kevin Gee made further substitutions in the 62nd Matt Plant for Ryan Goward and the 67th minute Antwon Bonnick for Stephen Akers as Rainworth searched for the elusive goal. It came in the 70th minute after another flowing move and the Stocksbridge defence appealing for offside, Ben Spargo coolly slotted in Rainworth’s first goal. It was nothing more than they deserved and a further substitution Stef Lester for Ricky Hanson was made as they continued to press for more goals.
There was only one team in it now and Rainworth continued with their relentless attacks on the Stocksbridge goal, in a rare sortie by Stocksbridge Matt Plant did well to block a goal bound shot. At the final whistle the fan’s had mixed emotions it was like the ‘curates egg’, there was a lot to be pleased with but come the start of the league campaign the defensive naivety has to be eradicated and gilt edge chances taken. There is not a lot wrong, but football is a cruel game and it’s not always the team who plays the better football who takes the spoils.
RAINWORTH: McCormack : Camm : Hanson : Burton : Cooksey : J. Holmes : Lloyd : Akers : Bolt : Payne : Goward Subs: Plant : Bonnick : Spargo : Lester : Clarke
STOCKSBRIDGE P.S. : Billard : Bockrie : Turner : Carr : Adam : Weston : Booker : Whitehouse : Hunter : Ellison : Fish Subs: Payne : Kelly : Stanasey : Stirrup : Rowbotham : A Trialist
REFEREE: Declan Bourne
MEN OF MATCH: Rainworth: Jared Holmes Stocksbridge P.S: Lincoln Adam