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Rainworth Miners Welfare
Staveley Miners Welfare
L Theakstone (24'), D Brewin (82')
Full time
Sat 23 Jan 15:00 - Toolstation Northern Counties East League - Premier Division Attendance 110

Battle Royal –Ends in Stalemate

A titanic battle ends with honours even.

Visitors Staveley Miners Welfare came to Kirklington Road on the back of six wins and one draw in their last eight league games, including the notable scalp of Handsworth Parramore away.

Rainworth on the other hand had only played two games in 2016, winning both and scoring ten goals in the process.

Today’s managers Julian Watts and Brett Marshall are good friends and are both noted for their footballing sides so the encounter promised to be a ‘classic’.

However for the first ten minutes of the encounter it was anything but as both sides battled for control cancelling each other out in the process.

That changed in the 14th minute when a moment of hesitation in the Rainworth MWFC defence allowed Kieran Watson to ghost in and place the ball past the stranded Sam Leigh.

The goal put Staveley on the front foot and for the next five minutes they dominated and looked the team most likely to score the next goal.

As was to be the pattern for the remainder of the match, Rainworth started to get back into the game and Morris’s effort inside the area was blocked.

In the 22nd minute they went even closer when Nick Siddons did well to tip Matt Sykes’s free-kick over the bar.
A couple of minutes later Siddons was in action again, this time tipping Matt Plant’s shot on the turn round the post at the expense of a corner.

Parity was gained in the 24th minute when a piece of magic from Liam Theakstone beat two players and left Siddons with ‘no chance’ as it arrowed into the corner of the net.

The next effort of any note was in the 35th minute when Jack Barnett’s 30 yard free-kick beat Siddons only for it to rebound off the crossbar to safety.

The last chance of the first half saw Siddons do well to tip Smythe’s 35 yard effort round the post as it bounced just in front of him.

If the first had been slow to get going, the second was anything but as both sides attacked from the start.

In the opening seconds Matt Varley did well to block Syke’s goal bound shot at the expense of a corner.

From the resultant corner it was Staveley who counter-attacked and this time it was Rainworth who were fortunate when Adam Scott’s effort grazed the outside of the post.

Play quickly moved to the other end and this time it was Smythe’s effort that flashed just over the bar.

Rainworth it seemed hadn’t learned from Staveley’s previous counter-attack and this time in the 49th minute they weren’t as fortunate when Watson converted Scott’s cross.

It was Rainworth again three minutes later as Plant just failed to connect with Ricky Hanson’s cross.

Staveley regained some dominance and they were unlucky when Rich Mintoft’s back header came back off the post into Leigh’s grateful arms.

Staveley continued to create chances as Watson found Courtney Hastings but he was thwarted by Leigh’s excellent save.

Leigh was in action again this time make in an excellent save from Ashley Rawson’s effort that was heading for the top corner.

In the 61st minute Rainworth brought on Jamie York for Matt Thompson.

In the 68th minute Staveley almost extended their lead as Watson fed Craig Getliff whose effort grazed the bar.

Rainworth almost equalised when Morris broke and fed Sykes, he laid it into the path of York but he hit it straight at the keeper.

A couple of minutes later they came close again when Barnett’s effort was kicked off the line.

In the 75th minute Rainworth brought on Declan Brewin for Theakstone.

Rainworth continued to press and in the 80th minute it was York’s effort that was cleared off the line.

Rainworth finally got their equaliser when Morris broke and played it into the path of Brewin, his shot going in off the post.

There were chances at both ends but no further goals in a game that had kept the crowd on their toes and at the final whistle there was nothing between the two teams.

RAINWORTH MWFC: Leigh; Hanson; Smythe; Dockwray; Plant; Andrews; Thompson (York); Barnett; Morris; Theakstone (Brewin); Sykes Subs (not used): Clarke; C.Widdowson

Referee: Michael Scriven

Man of the match: Matt Plant

Attendance: 110

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Key moments

Goal Liam Theakstone scores for Rainworth Miners Welfare
Goal Declan Brewin scores for Rainworth Miners Welfare


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82:00 Goal 2 - 0
Declan Brewin scores for Rainworth Miners Welfare
82:00 Assist
Liam Morris makes an assist for Rainworth Miners Welfare
75:00 Sub Off
Liam Theakstone is substituted off for Rainworth Miners Welfare
75:00 Sub On
Declan Brewin is substituted on for Rainworth Miners Welfare
61:00 Sub Off
Matthew Thompson is substituted off for Rainworth Miners Welfare
61:00 Sub On
Jamie York is substituted on for Rainworth Miners Welfare
End of period 1
24:00 Goal 1 - 0
Liam Theakstone scores for Rainworth Miners Welfare
20:00 Yellow Card
Connor Smythe is yellow carded for Rainworth Miners Welfare
0:00 Player of the Match
Matt Plant is awarded player of the match for Rainworth Miners Welfare
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As it happened

  • Rainworth Miners Welfare
  • Staveley Miners Welfare
  • 0
  • Connor Smythe Yellow Card 20:00'
  • Liam Theakstone Goal 24:00'
  • Matthew Thompson Sub Off 61:00'
  • Jamie York Sub On 61:00'
  • Liam Theakstone Sub Off 75:00'
  • Declan Brewin Sub On 75:00'
  • Declan Brewin Goal 82:00'
  • Liam Morris Assist 82:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
7. Maltby Main 41 68
8. Staveley Miners Welfare 40 66
9. Rainworth Miners Welfare 42 63
10. Barton Town Old Boys 42 62
11. Albion Sports 42 59
12. Thackley FC 42 59
13. Clipstone FC 42 55

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