Red-faced Wrens hand Shepshed their first win
Evo-Stik League Division I South
Shepshed Dynamo 3 Rainwolrth MW 1
Report by Les Lee
Pictures by Derek Bentley
RAINWORTH slipped closer to a relegation dogfight at The Dovecote on Saturday after handing Shepshed their first victory of the season on a plate.
Shepshed were given a two goal start in the opening 10 minutes, the first from the penalty spot and both the result of poor defending, and notched a third before the break.
And although, having introduced Dennis Simms, Rainworth performed better in the second half they were only able to pull one goal back through Matt Baxter as they failed to make the most of the opportunities they created.
Shepshed included on their bench Michael Hewitt who made the move from Rainworth recently, while his brother Chris was in the Wrens’ starting line-up.
Rob Paling and Craig Mitchell, who missed the match at Lincoln United, also returned along with Matt Draper, back from suspension, and new boy Jay’Lee Hodgson made his debut for the visitors.
Rainworth had the first shot on goal when James Jepson fired straight at Gavin Saxby from the edge of the box.
But it was Dynamo who drew first blood in the seventh minute. Mark Hales could only half parry away a free kick, and the ball fell to Rob Norris in the area. Hales, caught in no man’s land, made a desperate tackle on Norris and a penalty was awarded. The Wrens keeper, having duly been shown a yellow card, was then beaten from the spot by Norris.
Two minutes later Shepshed increased their lead, again through Norris. Despite two attempts to clear a long throw from the right the Wrens could not get the ball away. Again it fell to Norris, who squeezed it home at the near post.
It might have been 3-0 in the 22nd minute. Cameron Fearon’s clearance only reached Dave Frecklington, whose first time long range shot flashed just wide of the post.
Mitchell found himself through on the Shepshed goal three minutes later, only to shoot straight at Saxby under pressure from a defender.
Shepshed made it 3-0 in the 36th minute when Norris turned creator, crossing for Justin Jenkins to head on, and Greg Smith headed in from close range.
Shepshed began the second half with Jenkins firing an angled shot over the bar, then Draper cleared off the line from a long throw.
Rainworth began to exert some pressure, and in the 64th minute Jepson’s free kick was headed clear only as far as Baxter who aimed narrowly wide.
Simms also went close after a fine run, but Rainworth were thrown a lifeline in the 68th minute. Jepson floated another free kick into the area and Draper headed down for Baxter to volley home.
Baxter was unlucky in the 73rd minute following another good run and cross from Simms, the midfielder’s first time shot again going just wide.
Simms was in action again making a quick break on the right to win a corner which was not cleared any further than Hodgson, who picked out Barry Alberry on the six yard line, but yet again his header was wide of the mark.
Rainworth had strong penalty appeals turned down when Saxby clashed with Hodgson as the new boy was put through by Jepson, but Mr Wilkes awarded only a corner which the giant Saxby collected comfortably.
In the closing minutes Saxby fouled Simms on the edge of the area, but Baxter was unable to keep his direct shot on target.
Shepshed almost got one back in a counter-attack when Lheureux Menga was through one on one with Hales who saved with his leg at the expense of a corner.
That was cleared and Simms created space in the opposite area, but yet again the shot was wide, as was Baxter’s subsequent effort after Draper had an effort blocked.
Shepshed were denied a fourth goal right at the end, when Menga rounded Alberry, but Hales managed a touch on the ball and Draper completed the clearance off the line.
SHEPSHED: Saxby, Fairclough, Lund, Stubbs, Screaton, Frecklington (Smedley 49),
Leggitt (M. Hewitt 65), Bolland, Smith (Menga 62), Kenkins, Norris. Only three subs named.
RAINWORTH: Hales, Fearon, Jepson, Draper, Baxter, Paling, C. Hewitt (Jackson 31), Goodson (Alberry 49), Hodgson, Mitchell (Simms 59), Topliss.
REFEREE: Matt Wilkes of Dudley.
WRENS MAN OF THE MATCH: Matt Draper.