Albion Overrun Lethargic Rainworth
Rainworth disappoint on the night.
Anyone who had seen the previous home game against Staveley Miners Welfare could be forgiven for thinking they had gone to the wrong ground, on a night when Rainworth MWFC arguably gave their worst performance of the season so far.
Rainworth hadn’t been beaten at home since early October when top of the table Worksop Town were the visitors and although during that time the record had been threatened, they had always been able to lift their game.
This however was not to be one of those nights when an Albion Sports side, that appeared to be powered by ‘Duracell batteries’, deservedly ran out 3-1 winners.
The early exchanges in the match saw Rainworth on the attack and as early as the 2nd minute a fine move between Declan Brewin and Liam Morris only lacked a more clinical finish.
There was a brief glimpse of what was to come when a speedy Albion break saw Omar Habeeb’s shot just flash over the crossbar.
Rainworth continued to attack and when Matt Sykes set up Morris, the shot lacked the pace to beat Jack Bentley.
Albion then started to come more into the game and Rainworth struggled against the fast breaks.
It therefore came as no surprise when in the 21st minute Albion broke and Marcus Edwards, who was a thorn in Rainworth’s side all evening, outpaced the defence and clinically placed the ball wide of Sam Leigh for the opener.
Rainworth came straight back and in the 24th minute the equaliser seemed inevitable as top scorer Morris bore down on goal, but for once although his shot beat Bentley it hit the side netting.
Three minutes later and Rainworth had three opportunities in the same move to score but determined Albion defending blocked them all.
Rainworth’s equaliser did come however in the 29th minute when Brewin’s cross was headed down by Morris and Matt Sykes was on hand to finish.
Albion were undaunted and only a fine save by Leigh from a deflected shot prevented them from extending their lead.
They weren’t to be denied and in the 40th minute they deservedly went in front after another quick break, Alex Cusack outpaced everyone as he ran across the 18 yard line and hit a peach of a shot into the top corner.
Just before half-time Albion should have gone further ahead when Habeeb’s mazy run left defenders in his wake, but luckily for Rainworth his finish didn’t match his previous skill.
There was still time for one last chance and Rainworth should probably have equalised when Brewin’s header failed to trouble the keeper when well placed.
The second half started with Rainworth on the attack and Sykes was unlucky when Bentley somehow managed to block his shot.
A couple of minutes later and Brewin’s shot flew wide as Rainworth pressed for the equaliser.
Rainworth made a substitution bringing on Liam Theakstone, scorer of two goals in Rainworth’s away victory at Albion, in place of Brewin.
In the 66th minute Theakstone’s goal bound effort was somehow prevented from crossing the line as Rainworth continued to press.
Three minutes later Albion should have added to their score when yet another fast break saw Cusack with the goal at his mercy put his shot wide of the upright.
Rainworth brought on Jamie York for Matt Thompson and in the 73rd minute came close to an equaliser when Matt Plant’s flicked header from a corner flashed just the wrong side of the upright.
Rainworth made their final substitution bringing on Sam Dockwray for Jordan Edridge, but it was Albion who threatened when Aran Basi’s long range effort just cleared the crossbar.
Rainworth still pressed and they were almost rewarded when Morris’s cross wasn’t held by the keeper, but it was scrambled away at the expense of a corner.
The 85th minute saw Jack Barnett’s free-kick only gathered at the second attempt by the keeper.
It was fitting however that the night’s stand out player Marcus Edwards should complete the night’s scoring when in the 86th minute he ran clear and gave Leigh no chance.
At the final whistle Rainworth could have no complaints on a night when Albion had been the better side.
RAINWORTH: Leigh; Hanson; Smythe; Edridge (Dockwray); Plant; Andrews; Thompson (York); Barnett; Morris; Brewin (Theakstone); Sykes. Subs (not used): Clarke; C.Widdowson.
Referee: Mr. Adam Smith.
Overall Man of Match: Marcus Edwards.