Rainworth Battle against Bottesford Town’s Second Half Comeback and Earn a Draw.
Rainworth were under no illusions that today’s visit to Bottesford Town would be anything but difficult and so it proved.
A record of just one FA Cup win in the last five years is not a record to be proud of and although it looked at one stage the record would improve, it wasn’t to be.
Bottesford Town are one of the favourites to get promotion from the Northern Counties East First Division this year and on today’s performance it would be difficult to disagree.Rainworth had the first attack of note when Lewis Chambers broke down the right, but his cross was too near the keeper.
Bottesford’s first attempt fell to Martin Pemberton, but his shot on the turn was easily gathered by Nathan Burrows.
In the 12th minute it was Chambers again put in a good cross but Leigh Herrick just got there before Matt Plant.
There was not much between the sides with Bottesford probably just shading possession.
Burrows was tested once again by a Terry Barwick free-kick, but he easily dealt with the effort.
It was Rainworth who took the lead in the 23rd minute when Chambers found Lewis Bingham, Herrick could only parry the shot and Liam Theakstone was on hand to open the scoring.
Three minutes later and a move to grace any match as Theakstone’s delightful ball was met on the volley by Bingham and Herrick was given no chance for the second goal.
This seemed to wake Bottesford up and in the 33rd minute Steve Ridley’s free kick was well saved by Burrows at the expense of a corner.
The final minutes of the half saw Bottesford push for a goal to get back into the match and Scott Willey’s excellent cross was negated by a push on Matt Plant.
A further Willey shot and Wayne Graves attempt that shaved the outside of the post brought the half to an end.
Rainworth brought on Jack Andrews for the injured Bingham at the start of the second half.
Once again in a match Rainworth conceded at the start of the second half as Pembleton’s cross was converted by Graves to bring Bottesford back into the match.
Three minutes later it was another cross from Pembleton, this time however Graves put his effort well wide.
Then firstly Pembleton and then Graves had chances but neither troubled the keeper.
It seemed only a matter of time until Bottesford equalised and in the 62nd minute Rainworth brought on Max Curzon for Luke Proctor.
Rainworth were under constant pressure and Burrows made an excellent save from Barwick’s free-kick.
Minutes later a rare Rainworth attack saw Chambers create space but Curzon was unable to get a clean contact on the cross.
Ricky Hanson heads of the line as the pressure is now becoming relentless and they have Burrows to thank when he saves Steve Ridley’s drive.
In the 83rd minute Bottesford got their deserved equaliser as Ryan Short was on hand to drive his effort into the corner.
In the final minutes it was Burrows again who saved Pemberton’s effort as Bottesford pressed for the winner.
Rainworth brought on Thomas Pereira for Ben Bowring who was struggling with a leg injury.
In injury time Rainworth almost create a chance but Sam Dockwray’s pass found Theakstone, but he was unable to get any power into his effort and it was easily saved.
Rainworth can count themselves lucky to have held out for a replay at Kirklington Road on Tuesday evening.
RAINWORTH: Burrows; Hanson; Proctor (Curzon 62); Bowring (Pereira 90); Harris ; Plant; Chambers; Dockwray; Theakstone; Bingham (Andrews 45); Williams. Sub(not used): Watts.
Referee: Jamie Rhodes.
Man of the match: Nathan Burrows.