Wonder Goal Decides Hard Fought Game
A goal to savour, a worthy winner!
On paper todays match looked too close to call with both having similar records against teams in the division, in the end it took a Sam Dockwray wonder goal to decide it.
The match saw debuts for Sam Leigh in goal and Declan Brewin on the bench.
The early Rainworth pressure came to nothing, however Jamie Yorke’s chip in the 10th minute left James Hitchcock well beaten, but it went agonisingly wide of the upright.
Bridlington created a chance of their own when Will Waudby broke clear, but Leigh was quickly off his line to block the effort.
It was then Ombeni Ruhanduka to hit on the break but his effort went just over.
Bridlington should probably have taken the lead in the 25th minute when Leigh once again made a good block off Wauby’s effort and Ruhanduka inexplicably put the follow up over when it seemed easier to score.
Rainworth immediately broke down the other end but Liam Morris’s shot on the turn cleared the crossbar.
It was a game of good build up play but neither side could add the finishing touch.
Lewis Bingham set up Matt Sykes but once again the finish failed to find the target.
The 34th minute saw Bridlington have a piece of good fortune as Yorke’s goal bound shot, struck Hitchcock and bounced clear.
The trend continued with both Bingham for Rainworth and Lewis for Bridlington putting efforts over when well placed.
The half ended scoreless and it looked as if it would take something special to break the deadlock.
The theme continued in the second half, this time it was Morris who’s shot on the turn missed the target.
Rainworth brought on debutant Brewin for Bingham in the 64th minute.
The substitution almost paid dividends in the 67th minute when a good piece of inter passing between Brewin and Dockwray, saw Dockwray’s goal bound effort deflected for a corner.
It was then Connor Smythe who caused panic in the Bridlington defence after an overlapping run and cross was cleared at the expense of a corner.
The next Rainworth attack in the 71st minute was to create the only goal of the game, but what a goal it was. Sykes found Dockwray just outside the area and he needed no second invitation to hit an absolute screamer into the top corner.
Rainworth brought on Liam Theakstone for Morris and almost doubled their lead in the 73rd minute as Sykes found Brewin but his shot just cleared the crossbar.
The game was now getting stretched and once again the tricky Waudby was thwarted by Leigh.
A minute later and Lewis hits one just past the upright to the relief of the Rainworth defence.
Immediately Leigh’s kick upfield is gathered by Sykes and this time it’s Hitchcock’s turn to block the shot.
The game has become end to end and Ruhanduka put his effort over when well placed.
Rainworth made their final substitution bringing on Thomas Pereira for Sykes.
In the final minutes Bridlington pressed for the equaliser and in the final minute Tom Fleming’s effort went the wrong side of the goal.
At the final whistle in a game either side could have won, it was probably fitting that it was won by a goal of such quality.
RAINWORTH MWFC: Leigh; Hanson; Smythe; Andrews; Plant; Campion; Bingham (Brewin); Dockwray; Morris (Theakstone); Yorke; Sykes (Pereira)
Referee: Mr. Matt McGrath
Man of match: Sam Leigh