It was Just like the Three Little Pigs
In the story the Big Bad Wolf, huffs and puffs as he tried to blow down the Three Little Pigs house built of brick. A similar fate greeted Rainworth in their attempt to beat Sutton Town tonight, the harder they tried, the harder the task became.
As early as the 2nd minute Rainworth threatened the Sutton Town goal only for Scott Rickards shot to be put out for a corner. Then in quick succession Joe French and Danny Buttle hit shots just wide. It wasn’t all Rainworth Sutton nearly capitalised from slack marking and former Wren Craig Mitchell failed to make the most of a clear sight of goal. For the majority of the half it was fought out in the middle of the park and neither side looked like breaking the deadlock.
The second half saw Rainworth step up a gear and although Sutton threatened at times, the majority of the play was in the Sutton half. Just like last season, Rainworth’s Achilles heel was to haunt them, when after creating numerous chances they failed to convert any into goals. Jamie Brown must have wondered what he had to do to score, when he hit the crossbar and then had his goal bound shot tipped onto the upright and away to safety.
The game ended as it started with neither side being able to register a goal. Rainworth will be pleased to have kept a clean sheet, which bodes well for the new season, in fact apart from Mansfield Town game, they have been quite miserly with the goals against, a statistic that will please the manager. The area for concern is in the goals for column and although we are creating there is still a worryingly low conversion rate.
The manager is well aware of these statistics and he is hopeful of securing one if not two front men in time for Saturday’s match at Clay Cross Town.