Rainworth MWFC visited local rivals Clipstone looking to avenge their 3-0 defeat last season, however a disjointed performance ended with the same scoreline.
Clipstone started the game with the slope and there was little between the teams with Clipstone probably edging the opening exchanges.
That was until the 15th minute when Josh Nodder’s corner beat everyone and ended up in the far corner for the opening Clipstone goal. Richard Patterson claimed he had got the final touch, either way it was a very soft goal and after Saturday’s defensive display a cause for concern.
The goal seemed to inspire Clipstone and Lee Whittington’s long range effort in the 17th minute only just cleared the crossbar.
An injury to Jordan Claxton saw him replaced by Nathan Clarke in the 28th minute.
Rainworth were struggling to find any type of rythmn and were thankful that Clipstone were unable to capitalise on it.
That was until the final three minutes of the half when they conceded two further goals and once again they were the result of poor defending.
The first on 42 minutes saw Rainworth fail to clear the ball and although Ben Townsend blocked the initial shot Richard Patterson gave him no chance with the follow up.
Two minutes later and Chris Bettney was the guilty party playing the ball to an unmarked Lee Whittington in his own penalty area and Townsend was given no chance as Clipstone scored their third.
Rainworth had only themselves to blame for being behind as all three goals came from defensive errors, but even more worrying was the similarities to the poor defending in the previous game.
The second half started with Rainworth making a double substitution with Liam Morris and Owen Heather replacing Bettney and Joe Cheeseman.
It was Clipstone however who almost extended their lead in the opening minute when Nodder’s long range effort flashed just the wrong side of the post.
Finally Rainworth created a chance in the 47th minute when Declan Brewin’s effort was blocked by Andy Francis at the expense of a corner.
That euphoria was short lived as only an excellent one handed block by Townsend and the follow up being kicked off the line by Matt Sykes prevented yet another Clipstone score.
The half saw a slight improvement by Rainworth but there was still no end product, as was the case in the 71st minute when Aaron Moxam’s cross was put over at full stretch by Brewin.
Rainworth went close again in the 81st minute when Morris’s effort flashed just past the post. This was followed by a good block by Francis on Moxam’s effort at the expense of a corner.
The final minutes saw Clipstone press for a fourth and in quick succession James Ashmore hit his effort wide and Nathan Forbes just failed to put the finishing touch to a quick break.
At the final whistle Clipstone deservedly claimed the spoils against an out of sorts Rainworth team. The most worrying statistic however was that was 7 goals conceded in the opening two games of the campaign.
RAINWORTH MWFC: Townsend; Ludlam; Claxton (Clarke); Wankiewicz; Plant; Cheeseman (Morris); Brewin; Bettney (Heather); Moxam; Buxton; Sykes. Subs (not used): Holmes; Widdowson.
Referee: Mr. Steve Abbott