Albion Sports quick off the Marcus
It was never a contest!!
Tonight’s League Cup Quarter Final was all but over in the first minute when Marcus Edwards opened the scoring with an audacious chip.
Rainworth MWFC are a pale shadow of the side who earlier in the season gave hope of a top six finish and on tonight’s showing are fortunate that they are mathematically safe in the league.
Albion Sports had already beaten Rainworth 3-1 at Kirklington Road in the league earlier in the season and Edwards had scored a brace, tonight he went one better and claimed a hat-trick.
Albion were straight on the attack and when Edwards got the ball wide on the left there seemed little danger, one audacious chip later and they were leading 1-0 with less than a minute on the clock.
It took Rainworth until the 9th minute for their first effort on goal but Jordan Edridge’s shot was well over.
Albion nearly doubled their total on 13 minutes when Michael Obrien’s effort flew just wide of the upright with Ben Townsend a mere spectator.
A minute later and Rainworth almost equalised when Liam Theakstone found Liam Morris but the deft flick just went the wrong side of the post.
It was Albion however who dictated play and only a Townsend save at full stretch from an Asif Hussain free-kick prevented the second.
Edwards was a handful and when his cross flew across the face of goal, Rainworth were fortunate that no-one got a touch.
As hard as Rainworth tried it was Albion who were creating the better chances and it came as no surprise when Albion doubled their score in the 42nd minute from an Edwards’s penalty. It was awarded when Townsend was unable to hold on to a free-kick and in the scramble that followed was adjudged to have brought down an Albion player.
Rainworth nearly pulled one back on the stroke of half time, but Matt Syke's goal bound shot struck a defender and was cleared.
The second half had barely started when Ferdinand Annor put his effort wide when well placed.
Edwards almost completed his hat-trick in the 57th minute when Jordan Hendrie put him through on goal but Townsend blocked the effort at the expense of a corner.
He didn’t have to wait long to achieve that feat when in the 65th minute he broke clear and gave Townsend no chance for his and Albion’s third.
With Albion controlling the game Rainworth brought on Nathan Clarke for the injured Matt Thompson.
The elusive Edwards came close to a fourth in the 73rd minute but Townsend was well placed to block the effort.
Rainworth made a further substitution bringing on Declan Brewin for Morris.
It was still all Albion and substitute Matthew Mathers almost made it four but his header was just the wrong side of the upright.
Two minutes later and he was on the score sheet with the simple task of tapping the ball into an empty net.
Rainworth did at last threaten the Albion goal and Clarke was unlucky to see his shot rebound off the crossbar and the keeper make a finger-tip save in close succession.
It was Albion who got the final goal of the game in the 88th minute when Mathers had all the time in the world to head in the fifth and his second.
At the final whistle it was Albion Sports who were deservedly advancing to the Semi-Final in a game they dominated from start to finish.
Rainworth’s performance on the night has become all too familiar of late and they must now quickly regroup for Saturday’s home league game.
RAINWORTH MWFC: Townsend; Bartle; Hanson; Nelthorpe; Cheeseman; Plant; J.Edridge; Thompson (Clarke); Morris (Brewin); Theakstone; Sykes. Subs (not used): Wilson; Chapman; C.Widdowson.
Referee: Oliver Bickle
Man of the match: Not Awarded