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The score line suggested an easy victory for Carlton, the truth was it was a victory for Carlton; but this was not easy by any means.
The difference between the sides was Carlton converted three of their chances whilst Rainworth spurned all but one of theirs but still managed to score the goal of the night.
From the kick off Rainworth let Carlton know that they were up for the game; playing a high tempo passing game. After 3 minutes a fine passing move ended with the Rainworth players appealing unsuccessfully for a penalty. After 9 minutes Ryan Goward passed to Danny Bacon who fed Ian Holmes whose fiercely hit shot was only parried by the keeper. We didn’t have to wait long however for a goal and in the 12th minute Callum Lloyd scored a goal that would have graced any cup-tie. He picked the ball up on the halfway line and drove at the Carlton defence his mazy run left defenders in his wake and although his fierce shot was partially blocked it found the back of the net.
The game was fast and furious a real cup tie and both sides had chances but the better ones were falling to Rainworth; who once again failed to capitalise and add to their score. Half time came to Carlton’s rescue to a half in which the score line could easily have been two or three nil to Rainworth; but the reality was it was only 1-0. Football is an unforgiving game and usually has a way of making you pay for not capitalising when on top.
This was to be the case; the second half started much like the first with Rainworth on the attack with some sublime passing play. First Blair Anderson had his shot blocked, quickly followed by Ian Holmes, Danny Bacon fired just over and finally Callum Lloyd was thwarted by a good save. It seemed only a matter of time before Rainworth would get the second their play deserved. Football however is not like that and just when there seemed no danger a loose Rainworth pass found Ruben Wiggins-Thomas and with four defenders converging on him; he managed to turn and clip the ball into the net. For the best part of the 53 minutes Rainworth had dominated long periods of play but that lapse was to prove oh so costly.
Not long after Blair Anderson and Nick Hall were booked and Carlton were now starting to claw their way back into the game. Rainworth were still creating chances but lacked the finish some of their approach play deserved. Then the telling moment not a goal; but a linesman had to be subbed with a pulled muscle; after a seven minutes delay his replacement arrived. The break in play seemed to have an adverse effect on Rainworth; for as a defender slipped shortly after the re-start Ian brown found space in the 79th minute; to hit a nice shot out of Ale’s reach; 2-1 Carlton.
Still Rainworth pressed forward and with minutes remaining were caught out when in stoppage time a long ball found Ruben Wiggins-Thomas unmarked up field. Rainworth appealed for offside in vain as he coolly chipped the ball over the advancing keeper 3-1 Carlton.
Not long after the final whistle went and the match ended; in truth if Rainworth had matched Carlton’s finishing then it could have been so different. Rainworth’s new passing style means they are likely to concede more goals than last season; unfortunately creating chances no longer seems to be a problem; whilst converting them still does. All we can do on a night that promised so much; is to wish Carlton all the best in the next round and dream of what might have been
CARLTON: Kearney; Asher; Fletcher; Kitchen (Cpt); Varley; Hall; Thornton; Naylor (Smithson 72); MacVicar (Brown 72); Wiggins-Thomas; Gordon. Subs: Whitehurst; Henry; Clarke.
RAINWORTH: Barcherini; Hanson; Goward (Spargo 59); Camm (Capt); Burton; Walker; Lloyd; Cooksey (Clarke 83); I.Holmes (West 87) Bacon; Anderson. Subs (not used): Bolt; McCormack.
REFEREE: Nigel Smith
RAINWORTH M.O.M. : Callum Lloyd