They Came Bearing Gifts
No Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh but three goals!
Rainworth MWFC visited Liversedge on Easter Saturday, hoping to continue from their excellent midweek performance, however they arrived thinking it was still Christmas and gifted them with their goals.
There could be no excuses both teams had a very strong breeze at their back for one half of the match, but it was Liversedge who appeared to want it the most against a lethargic Rainworth performance.
Liversedge started the match with the wind at their backs and within the first minute Ben Townsend had to make a stunning save from Benny Igiehon’s fiercly struck shot.
Both sides struggled to put any passes together as a result of the strong wind and the ball was spending more time off the pitch than on it..
Matt Sykes did manage to find Liam Morris with an excellent Crossfield pass in the 11th minute but his cross was headed wide by Jordan Edridge when well placed.
A quick break by Liversedge saw Igiehon’s mistimed effort roll into Townsend’s arms. They almost scored two minutes later when Timmy Raheem’s free-kick was watched by everyone as it caught the wind and struck the upright and to safety.
Rainworth had a great chance to take the lead in the 27th minute when Sykes’s corner was headed by Liam Theakstone into the path of Morris, but his effort was straight at the keeper.
For 34 minutes Rainworth had defended and counter-attacked stoically against the strong wind and there seemed no danger that they wouldn’t reach half time with their goal in-tact. Then inexplicably they decided to play a short goal kick against the wind, the defender slipped gifting Igiehon with a run on goal and he placed it into the far corner for the opener.
That was the last opportunity of the half for either side although Liam Nelthorpe’s free-kick just flew over the crossbar with the final kick of the half.
With the wind at their backs Rainworth started the second half by almost gifting another goal as indecision at the back luckily saw Raheem’s effort go wide.
Rainworth had a chance to equalise in the 48th minute but Nelthorpe’s effort was straight at the keeper. The ball was quickly cleared upfield and Brandon Kane’s long range effort came back off the crossbar much to Rainworth’s relief.
A minute later it was Rainworth and Nelthorpe again but this time his effort struck the keeper and was cleared.
For all Rainworth’s advantage of the strong wind it was Liversedge who were the more threatening and in the 69th Jack Andrews cleared as there was panic in the Rainworth defence.
Raheem was on the score sheet again in the 71st minute as an intricate free-kick routine saw him place the ball under the wall beating Townsend at the near post.
They continued to press and in the 79th minute Igiehon’s shot on the turn just flew past the upright, from the goal kick Jordan Edridge broke on goal and put the ball into the far corner to pull one back for Rainworth.
Rainworth made a double substitution in the 82nd minute bringing on Nathan Clarke and Declan Brewin for Regan Edridge and Ricky Hanson.
Rainworth still hadn’t handed out all the gifts and in the 86th minute another comedy of errors in the Rainworth defence left Raheem with the easiest task of putting the ball into the net.
There was still time for one more Liversedge attack but Kane’s effort flashed past the upright, before the final whistle.
There were no positives for Rainworth today on what had been their worst performance of the season, one of a relegation candidate, the only saving grace was that other results on the day had meant Rainworth were mathematically safe.
RAINWORTH MWFC: Townsend; Wilson (C.Widdowson); Nelthorpe; R. Edridge (Brewin); Plant; J. Edridge; Hanson (Clarke); Morris; Theakstone; Sykes.
Referee: Mr J. Simpson
Man of the match: Not selected