The Legend of Kirklington Road haunts Ossett Town today!!
The legend goes that the ghost of ‘Ivor Mist’ haunts the penalty areas at Kirklington Road. In the past the legend has been dismissed as an old wives tale, although in the Evo-Stik years this view has changed and many have now subscribed to the legend
After today’s visit Ossett Town will most certainly be joining those who subscribe, when in the final pre-season friendly at Kirklington Road Rainworth entertained the Northern Division One side. The Rainworth line up showed that a number of the squad were unavailable through work, injury and holidays, in a fixture against a team with a similar record to theirs in last season’s respective campaigns.
The opening minutes were dominated by Ossett Town .and as early as the 5th minute, Fernando Moke just failed to connect with a half chance. Football is a funny game and in the 10th minute Danny Buttle got to the bye-line and put in a delightful cross and although it was cleared, Greg Archer struck it into the corner of the net. That had been Rainworth’s first attack, as Ossett continued to dominate and it was difficult to comprehend how Rainworth were leading, in a match that had been so one-sided up to then.
The goal only spurred Ossett on and in the 30th minute Moke once again put his shot wide. The pressure was relentless and Henry Sibenje’s 41st minute lob was well saved by James Martin at the expense of a corner. In their final attack of the half I knew Ossett Town were now subscribing to the legend, when I heard the forward cry ‘Ivor Mist again’ as his ball passed the post. The half-time score was 1-0 to Rainworth and few in the ground believed it would remain like that for long in the second half.
At half-time Jordan Claxton came on for Buttle, he made an immediate impact when he thwarted a promising Ossett move. However it was still Ossett pulling the strings with Luke Sharry giving a master class, whilst in the 53rd minute Will McGhie’s shot was well saved by Martin. At long last Rainworth came to life as Jamie Brown went past a couple of players and crossed for Nathan Modest, his shot was well saved at the expense of a corner.
Rainworth did start to compete but it was still Ossett who looked like scoring, and the only thing missing was the finishing touch. I lost count of the chances they had spurned and in the 84th minute, they were nearly punished again, when after a good move Claxton’s shot was saved. Right on cue Ossett threatened the Rainworth goal once again, only to add to the misses rather than the score-line. In the final minute Scott Rickards put through Jordan Claxton and he too hit his shot wide, when it seemed he must score. The final whistle went with the score 1-0 to Rainworth in a match were Ossett dominated most of the stats but for the most important one, goals scored.
It is hard to see which side will go into next Saturday’s match in the best spirit when the league season starts in earnest. Ossett must hope that their woeful finishing is a one off as the rest of their game appears to be in good health. Rainworth knew which areas they needed to strengthen, but after today more work is needed all round in order to reach this seasons objectives. They definitely can’t hope that future visitors to Kirklington Road subscribe to the ‘Ivor Mist’ legend!!