It never rains but it pours
Rainworth MWFC are going through a poor run of form with their main problem being the gifting of charitable goals.
Tonight against a very good Albion Sports they were always in the game until the last four minutes plus injury time, in fact the difference up to that time had been a debateable 50th minute penalty.
Both sides had periods of dominance, sadly in those final minutes of the game Rainworth’s Achilese heel resurfaced as they gifted Albion three goals and ended on the wrong side of a 5-1 defeat.
It was Rainworth who created the first chance of the game when in the 2nd minute Matt Sykes cross cum shot warmed the fingers of Kyle Trenerry, but he managed to gather it at the second attempt.
Within a minute they had created another only for Steve Wankiewiscz’s header from a free-kick to balloon over the bar.
It didn’t take Albion long to test the Rainworth defence and they came close when a break down the left saw the cross hit the side netting.
On seven minutes Rainworth had Liam Morris to thank as he got his head to Asif Hussain’s goal bound free-kick, deflecting it for a corner.
Albion began to dominate and Danny Facey saw his cross cleared by Joe Cheeseman and minutes later Rhys Jenkinson’s powerful shot at point blank range was brilliantly blocked by Liam Kerry.
Rainworth broke straight down the other end and Matt Sykes run and cross was mishit by Morris with the goal beckoning.
The opening goal came in the 14th minute against the run of play when a quick Rainworth break found Aaron Moxam and his fierce shot beat Trenerry.
The 16th minute almost saw a candidate for ‘Goal of the Season’ when Facey’s acrobatic effort just went past the far post.
Rainworth almost doubled their lead when a great ball by Declan Brewin found Moxam but Trenerry did well to block his flick.
Albion picked up the pace and Facey’s shot was blocked by Cheeseman, quickly followed by Hussain’s long range effort that cleared the bar.
Albion’s pressure was rewarded in the 31st minute when Josh McKiernan’s shot went through a couple of defenders and past an unsighted Kerry for the equaliser.
Shortly afterwards Rainworth were forced into making a substitution bringing on Jason Stevens for Brewin who had suffered a shoulder injury.
It was now all Albion and Rainworth were indebted to two excellent saves by Kerry in quick succession that kept the scores level.
It was Rainworth who were the more pleased to go in at half-time with scores level with Albion having had the better of the chances.
The game changed in Albion’s favour in the 49th minute when the referee pointed to the penalty spot for what looked initially no more than a clash of boots as two players challenged for the ball. Hussain stepped up but his initial effort was brilliantly blocked by Kerry, be he made no mistake from the follow-up.
Albion continued to create chances and Facey’s powerful shot flashed past the upright, then a fine Albion move saw Jenkinson’s bending shot just flash past the outside of the upright.
On 60 minutes the dynamics began to change as Rainworth came into the game and a good interchange of passing ended with Syke’s shot flashing inches past the outside of the post.
Most of the play was now in the Albion half as Sykes found Moxam but his shot on the turn went over.
Rainworth had another reminder of how dangerous Hussain was on free-kicks when he pulled off another brilliant save to prevent a third goal.
In quick succession Wankiewiscz put his header over and then Trenerry did well to prevent Moxam getting the equaliser.
Rainworth fans were out of their seats in the 82nd minute when Moxam rounded the keeper, but the euphoria was short lived as a result of the assistant flagging for offside.
With the game in the balance a poorly hit back pass by Wankiewiscz saw Omar Habeeb have the easiest task of scoring the third.
Not content with one gift further ones in the 90th and 90+3 minutes gave Facey two goals and gave the scoreline a flattering 5-1 look.
It had been a battling performance by Rainworth against an excellent Albion Sports side and whilst they can point to the debateable penalty they can have no excuses for the gifts and the poor end to the match.
RAINWORTH MWFC: Kerry; Ludlam; Claridge; Buxton; Cheeseman; Wankiewiscz; Brewin (Stevens); Thompson; Moxam; Morris; Sykes. Subs (not used): Clarke; Widdowson; Squires.
Referee: Mr. Kevin Saundby.
Man of the match: Liam Kerry.