Rainworth MWFC defeat one of the 'Big' Three.
Rainworth MWFC had threatened all season to take the scalp of one of the three candidates for promotion, but had failed, albeit narrowly. Today was their last chance away at Worksop Town.
Earlier in the season Worksop had looked promotion material and Rainworth MWC a potential top six club. However both sides had seen a dip in form since the turn of the year, although on paper Worksop Town with home advantage looked the favourites of the two teams.
Rainworth MWFC had fortuitously won their last two games and the fans feared the worst even against a Worksop side that were only a shadow of their earlier season form.
Worksop put early pressure on Rainworth MWFC but Kyle Jordan’s effort in the 5th minute failed to trouble Ben Townsend.
Rainworth in reply went straight down the other end but Matt Thompson put his effort well wide.
Rainworth had a scare in the 7th minute when Andy Ofosu’s effort on the turn went just the wrong side of the upright.
Four minutes later he must have thought he had scored only to see Matt Plant head his goal bound shot out.
Rainworth took advantage when in the 15th minute Matt Syke’s free-kick was met by the head of Plant for the opening goal.
Both sides struggled to gain control and it wasn’t until the 35th minute that either side threaten the goal when Jordan’s free-kick went well over.
A minute later and after a good build up he was unlucky to see his well hit shot flash just the wrong side of the upright.
The last effort of the half fell to Liam Nelthorpe but his attempt was well wide.
Worksop started the second half on the front foot and they were grateful to Ben Townsend who did well to save Jordan’s effort.
Townsend had an easier task when Steve Woolley hit his effort straight into his arms. A minute later and Ofosu broke and seemed certain to test Townsend, his shot however went out for a throw-in.
Rainworth brought on Jamie York for Nathan Clarke, who had done well on his first start this season.
They almost doubled their lead in the 61st minute when Liam Nelthorpe’s effort was tipped round the post by Jon Kennedy at full-stretch.
The second did come however in the 63rd minute when Rainworth were awarded a penalty when Kieron Fenton fouled Thompson in the area. Matt Sykes stepped up and gave Kennedy no chance from the spot.
Worksop pushed hard for a goal and Townsend did well to deflect Mitch Husbands goal bound shot for a corner.
Rainworth nearly added to their lead as Connor Smythe jinked by a couple of defenders, but his shot went over.
On 79 minutes Rainworth brought on Declan Brewin for Liam Theakstone, who had run himself into the ground.
The 82nd minute saw Worksop pull one back as a rare error in defence allowed Husbands to set up Jordan.
Rainworth were forced into their third substitution when in the final minute Bradley Wilson had to replace the injured York.
At the final whistle Rainworth’s collective team effort had deservedly won them the three points.
RAINWORTH MWFC: Townsend; Hanson; Smythe; Nelthorpe; Wankiewicz; Plant; Clarke (York/Wilson); Barnett; Theakstone (Brewin); Thompson; Sykes. Sub (not used): C. Widdowson.
Referee: M, Tinsley
Man of the match: Matt Thompson