Amateurs masters of their own downfall
Rainworth MWFC keep their heads and awake from their slumber.
It was a high octane cup encounter that Yorkshire Amateur were to lead in both goals and fouls committed and in the end it was their indiscipline that was to cost them dear.
The opening minutes of the tie saw both sides jockeying for control in a tie that had been postponed on three previous occasions.
It was Yorkshire Amateur who had the first chance when in the 11th minute Dan Sheriffe put his effort over the bar when well placed.
A minute later and it was Rainworth’s Jordan Edridge but his effort just flew past the far upright with the keeper well beaten.
At this stage the game was end to end and there was no sign of the second half mayhem that was to follow.
Going forward the young Amateurs side broke quickly and caused the Rainworth defence problems, however it was their cynical defending that was catching the referees eye and with it a number of long lectures but no cards.
The opening goal came in the 25th minute when good work on the right saw the cross headed home by Sheriffe and a couple of minutes later only the post and an excellent save by Ben Townsend prevented Amateurs from doubling their lead.
As the half came to an end another fine Townsend save prevented Amateur’s doubling their lead in a game they had been good value for their 1-0 lead. Rainworth on the other hand were producing another Jekyll and Hyde performance in a season of ups and downs.
The start of the second half followed the pattern of the first with chances at both ends. In the 60th minute poor Rainworth defending allowed Amateurs to double their lead when Adam Shaw was gifted with the simple task of putting the ball past a stranded Townsend.
Rainworth were forced into making a substitution in the 64th minute when Jordan Edridge limped off to be replaced with Nathan Clarke.
The game changed in the 65th minute when yet another cynical challenge by the Amateurs resulted in a melee involving all 22 players. The referee consulted both linesmen and the result was a yellow card for Matt Plant and a Yellow and a straight Red for the Amateurs.
The melee seemed to have woken Rainworth from their slumbers and they began to produce the kind of play that had terrorised defences in the earlier part of the season.
They almost pulled one back in the 69th minute when Matt Sykes found Liam Nelthorpe and only a finger-tip save from the keeper kept his goal-bound shot out.
A minute later and it was Sykes again setting up Liam Theakstone only for his goal-bound shot to hit the keeper and rebound to safety.
The onslaught eventually paid off when in the 78th minute Sykes’s corner found Nelthorpe at the far post and he made no mistake.
Three minutes later they were level when Connor Smythe left a trail of defenders in his wake and gave Plant the easiest task of putting the ball into the unguarded goal.
A minute later and Rainworth took the lead as the ball flew across the goalmouth it was met by Sykes and his volley flew into the far corner.
Amateurs response to this onslaught was ever more cynical tackles and the only surprise was that they still had ten players on the pitch as yellow was shown when red would have been more appropriate.
They did produce one more chance, but the ever dependable Townsend made an excellent save to prevent the equaliser.
At the final whistle indiscipline had cost Yorkshire Amateurs the chance to progress in the League Cup and in truth they were fortunate to have kept ten men on the pitch.
RAINWORTH MWFC: Townsend; Wilson; Smythe; Nelthorpe; Wankiewicz; Plant; J. Edridge (Clarke); Thompson; Theakstone; Brewin; Sykes. Subs (not used): R. Edridge; Hanson; C. Widdowson.
Man of the match: Ben Townsend