Rainworth gain revenge
No end of season match as both sides go for the jugular
Earlier in the season Rainworth lost 6-3 at Thackley in a football fest, the result being in doubt until late goals conceded in the final minutes.
Tonight’s game was just as close but this time it was won by Rainworth with the only goal of the game, both keepers and woodwork the main reason why there weren’t more goals.
The most pleasing feature of the game was it was complete team performance and the fourth clean sheet in the last five league games.
Both teams set off at a fast pace and the play was end to end.
Rainworth were almost in front in the 5th minute when Matt Sykes put Declan Brewin through on goal and his lob was just reached by Dayle Coleing’s fingertips and the follow up by Liam Nelthorpe flew agonisingly wide of the far upright.
A minute later it was the crossbar that came to Rainworth’s aid when Daniel Pett’s effort rebounded into Ben Townsend’s grateful arms.
Play continued to be end to end and it was Townsend who saved Joe Brown’s effort at the expense of a corner.
The only goal of the game was scored in the 18th minute when Brewin ran onto Matt Plant’s long ball and despite Liam Hudson’s desperate efforts ended in the back of the net.
Rainworth began to get on top and Matt Sykes put his effort just wide.
They almost doubled their lead in the 29th minute when Jordan Edridge ran onto Brewin’s short pass only to see it beat the keeper only to strike the crossbar.
Brewin was causing problems with his pace but in the 33rd minute having broken clear failed to get a good contact on the ball and it went well wide.
In the final minutes of the first half the post once more came to Thackley’s aid, as Liam Morris found Joe Cheeseman and his well struck shot beat the keeper but not the post.
At the start of the second half Sykes and Morris combined but Morris’s effort was just wide.
Thackley went straight down the other end and were unlucky when Andy Wood set up Ryan Farrell but Townsend pushed it onto the post.
Rainworth were thwarted by Coleing’s outstretched as Brewin’s pile-driver was deflected for a corner, then Syke’s hit his effort straight at the keeper.
The game had everything, with both sides pushing for a goal, Thackley for the equaliser and Rainworth for their second.
In the space of a couple of minutes both sides came close when firstly Townsend caught Brown’s shot at full stretch, then Morris set up Clark but his effort was just wide.
In the dying seconds of the game Thackley were awarded a free-kick and Coleing came up for it. Rainworth’s defence however were not in a charitable mood and as it was cleared the whistle went for full time.
In a game interspersed with good football and yellow cards it was Rainworth who triumphed ensuring that they would finish no lower than 10th in the league.
RAINWORTH MWFC: Townsend; Hanson; Wilson; Nelthorpe; Cheeseman; Plant; Clark (York); J.Edridge; Morris; Brewin; Sykes (Andrews) Sub (not used): C.Widdowson
Referee: Timothy Walker
Man of the match: Nathan Clark