An Ugly win is better than a Pretty defeat
It's all about 3 pts
Last Tuesday Rainworth MWFC put on their best performance of the season and lost, today against Brigg Town it was probably their worst of the season but they came out victorious.
For long periods of the match Rainworth were second best and rarely reached the heights of their mid-week heroics.
Although they began to pressure the opposition in the final 20 minutes, the turning point came with a 79th minute substitution which produced two goals in the final 10 minutes.
Brigg started the match with the wind at their backs but it was Rainworth that took the game to them in the early minutes. In the 4th minute Liam Morris beat his man and hit his cross into the six yard box, but Brigg cleared at the expense of a corner.
The corner was headed clear but it was immediately driven into the penalty area by Connor Smythe and Matt Plant added the finishing touch putting his volley out of Jody Barford’s reach.
Any thoughts of Rainworth adding to their score was short lived as lax play almost gifted Paul Grimes, but luckily he put his effort well wide.
Rainworth did threaten in the 16th minute when Liam Theakstone’s fierce drive from outside the area flew past the far post and out for a goal-kick.
Four minutes later and a flowing move was defused when a Brigg defender just took it off Theakstone’s toes, this was to be the nearest they would come in a half that Brigg dominated from that point on.
Rainworth were fortunate in the 29th minute when Grimes’s free-kick just flashed the wrong side of the upright. Brigg went even closer in the 35th minute when Luke Anderson was only thwarted by an excellent save by Ben Townsend.
Brigg got their just reward in the 42nd minute Ricky Hanson was adjudged to have committed a foul in the penalty area and Grimes stepped up and gave Townsend no chance from the spot.
A minute later and the Rainworth goal led a charmed life when on three occasions it only needed a touch for a Brigg goal but somehow it eventually went out for a corner.
In the final minute of the half Brigg deservedly took the lead when the ball was cut back to Grimes who calmly placed it into the corner of the net.
The half time score was a reflection of the dominance Brigg had in the final 25 minutes of a half in which Rainworth barely troubled in that period.
Rainworth did improve in the second half with the wind at their backs and Matt Sykes had the first effort on goal from range but it lacked direction.
In the 51st minute Morris found Liam Nelthorpe and he was unlucky to his effort just go over the crossbar with Barford beaten.
Brigg still carried a threat and a great run and shot by Anderson brought out a top class save from Townsend.
Rainworth brought on Steve Wankiewicz for Jack Barnett as Rainworth pushed for the equaliser.
They almost got it in the 65th minute when Morris’s cross to Theakstone was intercepted by Jake Thompson as he ran in on goal.
They were even closer when in the 74th minute Barford did well to tip Sykes’s free-kick over as it headed for the top corner.
The game changed in the 79th minute with the introduction of Declan Brewin for Morris and within a minute they were level when Brewin placed his sweetly hit shot wide of Barford for the equaliser.
Brigg were struggling with Brewin’s pace and it came as no surprise when he broke clear passed to Matt Thompson whose cross was met by Theakstone for what turned out to be the winner.
At the final whistle Rainworth had won ‘ugly’ leaving Brigg to ponder just what they had to do in a game that until the final 25minutes they had dominated.
RAINWORTH: Townsend; J. Edridge; Smythe; Barnett (Wankiewicz); Hanson; Plant; Thompson; Nelthorpe; Morris (Brewin); Theakstone; Sykes. Subs 9not used): Clarke; Wilson; R. Edridge.
Referee: Akil Howson
Man of the match: Declan Brewin