A Sad day at Kirklington Road
The mood at Kirklington Road was subdued with the sad announcement of the passing of Vice Chairman Kim Wright on Thursday evening, a Rainworth MWFC man through and through.
The mood didn’t improve any when it was announced that key players, captain Phil Buxton and Jack Barnett had joined the growing list of players unavailable for the match.
It was Rainworth who had the first attempt on goal but Nathan Clarke’s long range effort in the 3rd minute was well off target.
The first effort on goal from either side came a couple of minutes later when Bridlington Town’s Brett Agnew’s effort was well saved by Ben Townsend.
Agnew came even closer in the 8th minute when his effort just flew the wrong side of the upright with Townsend, wrong footed.
It came as no surprise when Bridlington took the lead in the 10th minute when Jack Walter’s free-kick was headed home unopposed by Nicky McNamara.
A minute later the situation got even worse when Tomas Poole’s mistimed tackle brought down his opponent in the penalty area and Agnew made no mistake from the spot.
Rainworth after a quiet opening to the game had allowed Bridlington to dominate proceedings.
In quick succession Andy Norfolk and Jamie Forrester had chances for Bridlington but both were wide with their efforts. Agnew almost made it three when the Rainworth defence gifted him the ball and there were sighs of relief when his shot cannoned back of the crossbar.
In the second part of the half Rainworth came more into the game and in a rare attack Carter Widdowson’s cross was just a shade too long.
Rainworth then produced the move of the match so far as Matt Sykes and Aaron Moxam combined and when Moxam’s fell into Jordan Claxton’s path a better ball across the box would most surely have provided Julian Topliss with Rainworth’s opener, unfortunately it found James Hitchcock.
They came close again in the 37th minute when Claxton’s effort hit the upright but Hitchcock appeared to have it covered. Claxton almost scored on 40 minutes when Moxam set him up and Hitchcock did well to prevent a goal with a fine one-handed save.
In the final minute of the half Norfolk found Captain Tom Fleming but with only Townsend to beat he put the chance wide.
That was to be the final chance of a half were Bridlington had been good value for their two goal lead.
Rainworth started the second half on the front foot but Poole’s effort went well over.
It didn’t take Bridlington long to Threaten their opponent’s goal when in the 53rd minute Agnew’s effort brought a great save from Townsend. Rainworth weren’t so lucky on 55 minutes when Agnew turned Joe Cheeseman and then gave Townsend no chance for the third.
On 59th minute it looked as if Rainworth had missed their chance to pull one back when after Claxton’s break and cross to Declan Brewin was hit goal-wards it was blocked by his own player, however Topliss was following up and made no mistake.
Four minutes later and they had chance to pull another goal back as Brewin finds Topliss who in turn finds Moxam who is fouled from behind in the area. Moxam stepped up, unworried by his miss the previous Saturday and he gave Hitchcock no chance.
Rainworth brought on Bradley Maturin-Drew for Claxton and Owen Heather for the injured Cheeseman.
Bridlington’s Fleming had a couple of chances in quick succession but he hit the first wide of the target and the second straight at Townsend.
In the 79th minute Heather had a glorious chance to equalise but his shot was well wide when well placed.
Agnew who had been a constant threat to Rainworth all match went close once more without troubling Townsend.
In injury time Forrester had three attempts to score but Rainworth blocked them all.
At the final whistle Rainworth can have no complaints in a match for the most part Bridlington had been on the front foot.
RAINWORTH MWFC: Townsend; Widdowson; Sykes; Clarke; Wankiewicz; Cjheeseman (Heather); Brewin; Poole; Moxam; Topliss; Claxton (Maturin-Drew). Sub (not used): Watts.
Referee: Mr. Richard Eley.
Man of the match: Carter Widdowson.