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Rainworth MWFC
Real United
M Sykes (5' Pen, 15', 66' Pen), P Buxton (43'), N Langford (69'), M Harris (72', 30'), T Poole (89'), R Herbert (90')
Full time
Tue 10 Jan 19:30 - Cup Attendance 55

All’s Well That Ends Well

Shakespeare's play is often classed as one of his problem plays as it can’t be classified as a tragedy or a comedy, and that just about sums up Rainworth’s season.

Against top of the table sides they seem to perform but against lesser sides they flatter to deceive, often gifting goals to the opposition.
With the same old problem, tonight, of injuries, illness and unavailability that has blighted the season so far and meant a lack of continuity, it only added to the pressure. After losing a two-goal lead on Saturday, confidence wasn’t high against a Real United side that had in their earlier Notts Senior Cup ties proved their ability, against higher opposition.

There was some good news with the return of Tomas Poole from suspension and last season’s top-scorer Liam Morris from injury, albeit on the bench.

The omens didn’t look good when in the first minute Real gave Rainworth a scare when the ball flew across the six-yard box but fortunately for Rainworth there were no takers.

It was Rainworth who took the lead in the 5th minute as Matt Harris latched on to a through ball and as he rounded the keeper he was brought down. The referee immediately pointed to the penalty spot and Matt Sykes made no mistake.

There then followed a period when the both sides negated each other, that was until the 15th minute when Rainworth struck again Harris putting Sykes through on goal and he gave James Elliott no chance.

On 21 minutes, it looked as though Sykes would complete his hat-trick when Nick Langford put him through on goal but Elliott denied him, stopping the effort with his legs.

Rainworth came close to the third in the 27th minute when an excellent passage of play saw Ryan Herbert’s cross met by Harris but it was deflected and Elliott made an excellent save, tipping it around the post.

Three minutes later Harris was through on goal again and this time he gave Elliott no chance for the third. Rainworth brought on Curtis Gregory for Connor Griffin, who was playing his first game after injury.

Real United’s first threat on goal came in the 32nd minute when Owen Brown’s effort was blocked by Townsend.

It was a brief rest bite as Rainworth continued to dominate and Poole was unlucky to see his effort flash the wrong side of the upright.

Gregory and Langford twice came close to increasing Rainworth’s lead but the score remained 3-0.

It seemed that would be the half-time scoreline, but in the 43rd minute Gregory’s effort was blocked by Elliott but Phil Buxton put the rebound into the net.

If Rainworth had thought the game over with a 4-0 lead at half-time, they got a rude awakening in the opening minutes of the second half. Alex Cook almost scored in the 49th minute when his cross cum shot curled over Townsend but landed on the roof of the net. Cook however didn’t miss two minutes later when he raced on to a through ball and gave Townsend no chance.

Real were starting to come back into the game and the home fans were fearing yet another capitulation from a winning position.

Rainworth brought on Bradley Maturin-Drew for Jake Adlington and minutes later Gregory ran onto a through ball in the area but he put it the wrong side of the upright.

On 65 minutes the game ended as a contest when Harris broke into the area and was brought down for the second penalty of the match. It got worse for Real when Jack Caulton was shown a red card for either the tackle or for what he said.

Matt Sykes once again beat Elliott from the spot to complete his hat-trick and Rainworth’s fifth.

Minutes later and an excellent through ball from Buxton found Langford and he made no mistake for the sixth.

On 69 minutes the Rainworth fans got what they had waited so long for the re-appearance of Liam Morris after being out since late August with a serious foot injury.

He was soon into the action heading Maturin-Drew’s cross into the path of Harris who hit an unstoppable shot past Elliott for the seventh.

It was all Rainworth now and the returning Poole hit an absolute screamer from 35 yards that Elliott could only watch as it sailed into the top corner.

There was still time in injury time for Herbert to leave Real’s tiring defenders in his wake has he scored the ninth and Real were put out of their misery by the referee’s whistle for full-time.

Rainworth deserved the victory but the game as a spectacle was spoiled by the red card, although Rainworth missed nearly as many chances as they scored.

RAINWORTH MWFC: Townsend; Adlington (Maturin-Drew); Griffin (Gregory); Buxton (Morris); Ludlam; Mansell; Herbert; Poole; Langford; Harris; Sykes.

Referee: Mr Kenwyn Hughes

Man of the match: Matt Sykes

Attendance: 55

The FA Respect: We Only Do Positive

Matthew Sykes

Player of the Match

Matthew Sykes

Key moments

5:00
Scored Penalty Matthew Sykes scores a penalty for Rainworth MWFC
15:00
Goal Matthew Sykes scores for Rainworth MWFC
30:00
Goal Matt Harris scores for Rainworth MWFC
43:00
Goal Phil Buxton scores for Rainworth MWFC
66:00
Scored Penalty Matthew Sykes scores a penalty for Rainworth MWFC
69:00
Goal Nick Langford scores for Rainworth MWFC
72:00
Goal Matt Harris scores for Rainworth MWFC
89:00
Goal Tomas Poole scores for Rainworth MWFC
90:00
Goal Ryan Herbert scores for Rainworth MWFC

Highlights

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90:00 Goal 9 - 0
Ryan Herbert scores for Rainworth MWFC
89:00 Goal 8 - 0
Tomas Poole scores for Rainworth MWFC
72:00 Goal 7 - 0
Matt Harris scores for Rainworth MWFC
72:00 Assist
Liam Morris makes an assist for Rainworth MWFC
69:00 Goal 6 - 0
Nick Langford scores for Rainworth MWFC
69:00 Assist
Phil Buxton makes an assist for Rainworth MWFC
69:00 Sub On
Liam Morris is substituted on for Rainworth MWFC
69:00 Sub Off
Phil Buxton is substituted off for Rainworth MWFC
66:00 Scored Penalty 5 - 0
Matthew Sykes scores a penalty for Rainworth MWFC
62:00 Sub On
Bradley Maturin-Drew is substituted on for Rainworth MWFC
62:00 Sub Off
Jake Adlington is substituted off for Rainworth MWFC
53:00 Yellow Card
Rob Ludlam is yellow carded for Rainworth MWFC
End of period 1
43:00 Assist
Curtis-Shawn Gregory makes an assist for Rainworth MWFC
43:00 Goal 4 - 0
Phil Buxton scores for Rainworth MWFC
30:00 Goal 3 - 0
Matt Harris scores for Rainworth MWFC
30:00 Sub Off
Connor Griffin is substituted off for Rainworth MWFC
30:00 Sub On
Curtis-Shawn Gregory is substituted on for Rainworth MWFC
15:00 Goal 2 - 0
Matthew Sykes scores for Rainworth MWFC
15:00 Assist
Matt Harris makes an assist for Rainworth MWFC
5:00 Scored Penalty 1 - 0
Matthew Sykes scores a penalty for Rainworth MWFC
0:00 Player of the Match
Matthew Sykes is awarded player of the match for Rainworth MWFC
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As it happened

  • Rainworth MWFC
  • Real United
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  • Matthew Sykes Scored Penalty 5:00'
  • Matthew Sykes Goal 15:00'
  • Matt Harris Assist 15:00'
  • Curtis-Shawn Gregory Sub On 30:00'
  • Connor Griffin Sub Off 30:00'
  • Matt Harris Goal 30:00'
  • Phil Buxton Goal 43:00'
  • Curtis-Shawn Gregory Assist 43:00'
  • Rob Ludlam Yellow Card 53:00'
  • Bradley Maturin-Drew Sub On 62:00'
  • Jake Adlington Sub Off 62:00'
  • Matthew Sykes Scored Penalty 66:00'
  • Nick Langford Goal 69:00'
  • Phil Buxton Assist 69:00'
  • Liam Morris Sub On 69:00'
  • Phil Buxton Sub Off 69:00'
  • Matt Harris Goal 72:00'
  • Liam Morris Assist 72:00'
  • Tomas Poole Goal 89:00'
  • Ryan Herbert Goal 90:00'

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