Gavin has Wrens in Al-lott of bother
Evo-Stik League Division I South
Goole 5 Rainworth MW 1
Report by Gordon Foster
Pictures by Derek Bentley
A NAP hand by Goole’s in-form striker Gavin Allott condemned Rainworth to a heavier defeat than their display probably warranted at the Victoria Pleasure Grounds on Saturday.
Pleasure was certainly not on Rainworth’s menu, though as the second-placed Vikings, and Allott in particular, drew prolonged applause at the end, while the Wrens were left to reflect on what might have been …
If only French referee Cedric Duval had had the courage to mete out the correct punishment to home keeper Craig Parry when he aimed a vicious kick at the prostrate Matt Draper instead of letting him off with a yellow card …
If only Dennis Simms had scored instead of hitting the post in a one-on-one with Parry, just two minutes after Craig Mitchell had pulled a goal back for Rainworth to make it 2-1 …
If only Mitchell had got more onto at least three tame finishes which he gifted to the fortunate home keeper …
And, crucially, if only individual errors at the back and most uncharacteristically from keeper Mark Hales had not presented Allott with a succession of easy chances … then despite the emphatic scoreline Rainworth could well have got something from this game.
Simms’ 56th minute miss was the turning point. The flashpoint had arrived four minutes earlier, when first Lee Stratford reacted to a foul by Draper by flooring him in the penalty area, and then Parry had aimed a kick at him.
Rainworth, two first half goals down at the time, responded with a stirring spell with Mitchell deservedly pulling a goal back two minutes later, but then just when the away fans were out of their seats to acclaim the equaliser Simms, forced wide but not impossibly so, placed his finish against the near upright of a gaping goal.
Had that gone in, then who knows what would have happened, but when Allott added to his sixth and 44th minute goals with the Vikings’ third in the 73rd minute it was as good as over for Rudy Funk’s side.
And Allott rubbed salt into the Wrens’ wounds with two more late goals in the 78th and 88th minutes.
Matt Baxter had recovered from the injury he picked up against Belper a week earlier sufficiently to take his place in the starting line-up, but with key midfield architect Brendan Sweeney looking likely to face a long lay-off Rainworth included new signing Rob Paling from Belper, and he enjoyed a promising debut, while Jermain Hollis buzzed all afternoon at wing back, first on the right and then switched to the left.
However, Rainworth were soon chasing the game, when Luke Jeffs’ free kick into the box was not cleared, and Allott pounced to notch his first through a crowded area.
Stung into action, Mitchell worked the ball well as far as 20 yards from goal, but his weak pass aimed for Julian Topliss was cut out and cleared.
Hales denied Allott in the 16th minute after the prolific striker had blazed a path through the heart of the defence, and three minutes later Draqper was on hand to block another attempt by the troublesome front man.
Paling made his mark with some useful looking long throws, from one of which Parry punched the ball off Danny Bainbridge’s head.
Rainworth were looking competent going forward until the 18-yard line when things regularly broke down for them, and when Simms made a strong run to the by-line his low cross was deflected away from the lurking Topliss by Phil Lindley, while Stratford made an even more unorthodox interception of another Simms pass, this time meant for Mitchell.
But Goole struck again a minute before the break with a simple goal, another Jeffs free kick not dealt with leaving Allott to touch in at the far post.
The away fans were angered three minutes into the restart when Lindley appeared to bundle Mitchell over after the striker had beaten the home offside and play was waved on.
Four minutes later came the flashpoint and, with Rainworth’s blood up following the blatant injustice, two minutes later Mitchell beat the offside again to draw and easily beat Parry, who in any case should not have been on the field by then.
Simms subsequently hit the post when the equaliser looked a certainty, but at the other end Scott Ellis also hit the post from the edge of the area.
It was all over bar the shouting in the 73rd minute when the Jeffs-Allott combination struck gold again on a counter-attack and, after Mitchell had again shot tamely at Parry, Allott rounded substitute Lee Hunt in the 88th minute to complete the rout before being withdrawn in the 90th minute to rapturous home applause.
GOOLE: Parry, Ludlam (Redhead 84), Jeffs, Hope, Lindley, Stratford, Hinsley (Hammond 62), Harrison, Spencer, Allott (Rose 90), Ellis. Subs not used: Powell, Ward.
RAINWORTH: Hales, Hollis, Bainbridge (Fearon 73), Alberry, Charlesworth (Hunt 82), Draper, Baxter, Palingt, Mitchell, Simms (Moxam 65), Topliss . Subs not used: M. Hewitt, Dobbs.
REFEREE: Monsieur Cedric Duval of Leeds.
GOALS: Goole—Allott 6, 44, 73, 78, 88.
MEN OF THE MATCH: Goole and overall—Gavin Allott. Rainworth—Jermain Hollis.