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1st Team - Match centre

Rainworth Miners Welfare
Barton Town Old Boys
A Moxam (35'), J Topliss (42', 80' Pen)
Full time
Sat 22 Oct 15:00 - Toolstation Northern Counties East League - Premier Division Attendance 74

Keepers star

The fact there were only five goals in the match was mainly due to the efforts of both keepers and to a lesser extent the woodwork.

Jack Barnett must have wondered just what he had to do to score, the keeper pulling off an outstanding block and hitting the woodwork to deny him his opening goal of the season.

It was also a day when the league’s leading scorer Aaron Moxam scored in what was to be his final appearance before moving to Handsworth Parramore.

Rainworth had the first attack but when it broke down, Barton’s quick break caught them out and James Nichols opened the scoring in the 2nd minute. They nearly doubled their lead when on six minutes Ben Townsend did well to block Nichols’s goal bound effort.

The game at this stage was end-to-end and Moxam’s effort was just past the upright.

On ten minutes Pat Weaver was a mere spectator when Julian Topliss’s free-kick was inches the wrong side of the upright.

On 19 minutes Rainworth looked destined to equalise, that was before Weaver somehow manged to block Barnett’s fiercley hit shot.

Rainworth were grateful to debutant Connor Griffin when his header prevented the ball reaching the unmarked Lee Fisher. Yet another quick break by Barton saw Townsend block Nichol’s effort with his legs.

Rainworth were pushing hard and on 35 minutes an unmarked Moxam headed home Tomas Poole’s corner at the near post.

Seven minutes later they were in front when Weaver initially blocked and Moxam’s goal-bound follow-up struck his own player with a goal seeming certain. Barton’s luck was short lived as Topliss curled an exquisite lob into the top corner.

In the final minutes of the half Barton had two opportunities to equalise but on both occasions their efforts cleared the bar.
The second half began much like the first with both sides creating chances but the final balls were poor.

Rainworth almost extended their lead in the 53rd minute when Poole found Topliss and although his shot beat Weaver it also went the wrong side of the upright.

On 55 minutes there was a rare sight when Griffin put Moxam in on goal only for the league’s most lethal striker to mishit his effort straight into Weaver’s arms when it seemed he must score.

Three minutes later Rainworth were ruing that miss as Nichols scored his second and Barton’s equaliser.

A minute later and only a top drawer save by Weaver prevented Topliss from equalising.

In the next passage of play Barton had three efforts on goal with Townsend blocking the first two and making an acrobatic save to stop the third.

This was the signal for Rainworth to use all three substitutes bringing on Owen Heather; Bradley Maturin-Drew and Jordan Claxton for Moxam, Brewin and Matt Sykes.

Rainworth almost took the lead in the 78th minute when Barnett’s fierce shot hit the underside of the crossbar, coming down in the field of play with Weaver beaten. A minute later as Topliss broke on goal he was brought down in the act of shooting and the referee had no hesitation in awarding the penalty. Topliss made no mistake from the spot sending the keeper the wrong way.

In the final minutes both sides threatened but neither keeper was forced into a safe and at the final whistle it was Rainworth who had come out victorious in this roller-coaster of a match.

RAINWORTH MWFC: Townsend; Widdowson; Griffin; Barnett; Booker; Buxton; Brewin(Maturin-Drew); Poole; Moxam (Heather); Topliss; Sykes (Claxton). Subs (not used): Ludlam; Clarke.

Referee: Mr. Kevin Saundby.

Man of the match: Ben Townsend.

Attendance 74.

Ben Townsend

Player of the Match

Ben Townsend

Key moments

35:00
Goal Aaron Moxam scores for Rainworth Miners Welfare
42:00
Goal Julian Topliss scores for Rainworth Miners Welfare
80:00
Scored Penalty Julian Topliss scores a penalty for Rainworth Miners Welfare

Highlights

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80:00 Scored Penalty 3 - 0
Julian Topliss scores a penalty for Rainworth Miners Welfare
68:00 Sub On
Bradley Maturin-Drew is substituted on for Rainworth Miners Welfare
68:00 Sub Off
Declan Brewin is substituted off for Rainworth Miners Welfare
68:00 Sub On
Jordan Claxton is substituted on for Rainworth Miners Welfare
68:00 Sub Off
Aaron Moxam is substituted off for Rainworth Miners Welfare
68:00 Sub On
Owen Heather is substituted on for Rainworth Miners Welfare
68:00 Sub Off
Matthew Sykes is substituted off for Rainworth Miners Welfare
End of period 1
42:00 Goal 2 - 0
Julian Topliss scores for Rainworth Miners Welfare
35:00 Assist
Tomas Poole makes an assist for Rainworth Miners Welfare
35:00 Goal 1 - 0
Aaron Moxam scores for Rainworth Miners Welfare
0:00 Player of the Match
Ben Townsend is awarded player of the match for Rainworth Miners Welfare
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As it happened

  • Rainworth Miners Welfare
  • Barton Town Old Boys
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  • Aaron Moxam Goal 35:00'
  • Tomas Poole Assist 35:00'
  • Julian Topliss Goal 42:00'
  • Bradley Maturin-Drew Sub On 68:00'
  • Declan Brewin Sub Off 68:00'
  • Jordan Claxton Sub On 68:00'
  • Aaron Moxam Sub Off 68:00'
  • Owen Heather Sub On 68:00'
  • Matthew Sykes Sub Off 68:00'
  • Julian Topliss Scored Penalty 80:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
16. Clipstone FC 42 49
17. Parkgate FC 42 41
18. Rainworth Miners Welfare 42 38
19. Harrogate Railway Athletic 42 38
20. Barton Town Old Boys 42 34
21. Armthorpe Welfare 42 24
22. Retford United 42 24

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