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Rainworth Miners Welfare
Clipstone FC
M Sykes (7'), D Brewin (74')
Full time
Sat 3 Dec 15:00 - Toolstation Northern Counties East League - Premier Division Attendance 95

A Good Old Fashioned Derby

Rainworth MWFC and Clipstone over the years have always held a healthy respect for each other, producing some memorable battles, with Clipstone currently holding the upper hand having won in their last three meetings.

Today’s meeting at Kirklington Road was no different with both sides having periods of dominance and whilst both sides were guilty of errors, no-one could question their commitment. In the end the game ended in a draw with the result in doubt until the final whistle.
The fans will only have to wait just over three days for a re-match, when both will lock horns again, this time at the Worksop Van Hire Stadium in the Notts Senior Cup.

It was Rainworth who started the match on the front foot and in the 7th minute a great ball from Tomas Poole found Matt Sykes and he gave Jamie Bailey no chance as he drove the ball home for the opening goal.

The game settled down after this with both sides probing, but neither able to produce anything in the final third.

It wasn’t until the 18th before Clipstone had their first effort on goal, but Ellis Wall’s effort was straight at Ben Townsend who easily gathered.

Rainworth almost got a second in the 24th minute when Sykes’s free-kick was deflected and Joe Cheeseman just failed to get a touch. A minute later and Poole set up Ryan Herbert but his long-range effort just cleared the crossbar.

Clipstone also had their chances and Sam Forster’s tempting cross on 28 minutes deserved better, but there were no takers.

At this stage the game was end to end and another good Rainworth break saw Harry Bamforth’s effort blocked by the keeper. At the other end Rainworth were guilty of putting themselves under pressure when they allowed a cross to get into the area, but fortunately Forster’s effort was wide.

Clipstone were now on the front foot and Townsend did well to block former Wren Kieran Watson’s effort. On 37 minutes Rainworth gifted Clipstone the equaliser when a defensive mix-up between Townsend and Jake Adlington saw the ball fall at the feet of Forster who had the easiest of tasks of putting the ball into the empty net.

That was the signal for a Clipstone onslaught until the half-time whistle with Nathan Forbes going close as Rainworth struggled to get out of their half.

Rainworth had Townsend to thank when he made an excellent finger-tip save from James Ashmore’s free-kick as the referee brought the half to a close.

The opening minutes of the second half became a midfield battle as both sides fought for supremacy as they pushed for a second goal.
Rainworth came close in the 56th minute when Jack Barnett’s goal-bound free-kick was deflected for a corner. On 63 minutes Rainworth brought on Declan Brewin for the injured Harry Bamforth.

Rainworth threatened again in the 69th minute when Poole’s clever flick found Nick Langford but his shot lacked pace and it was easily gathered by Bailey.

Clipstone went straight down the other end and another mix up seemed to be over when Townsend appeared to have the ball in his hands with Watson in close attendance. As the ball was cleared Watson went down in the area, the referee waved play on but his assistant flagged and after a discussion awarded a penalty. Andrew Fox stepped up and gave Townsend no chance finding the bottom corner.

Rainworth brought on Julian Topliss for Poole and immediately went on the attack in search of the equaliser. It wasn’t long in coming as an excellent through ball found Brewin and although Bailey did well to block the initial shot, he had no chance with the follow up.

The game was becoming frenetic as both sides pushed for a winner and Townsend did well making an excellent save from Watson.

Clipstone finished the game on the front foot but Townsend did well saving in quick succession from Ashmore and Watson in the dying minutes.

Whilst both sides may have thought they should have won on the balance of play a draw seemed a fair result.

RAINWORTH MWFC: Townsend; Adlington; Griffin; Barnett; Cheeseman; Ludlam; Herbert; Bamforth (Brewin); Langford; Poole (Topliss); Sykes. Sub (not used): Claxton.

Referee: Mr. James Bell

Man of the match: Rob Ludlam

Attendance: 95

The FA Respect: We Only Do Positive

Rob Ludlam

Player of the Match

Rob Ludlam

Key moments

7:00
Goal Matthew Sykes scores for Rainworth Miners Welfare
74:00
Goal Declan Brewin scores for Rainworth Miners Welfare

Highlights

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77:00 Yellow Card
Jack Barnett is yellow carded for Rainworth Miners Welfare
74:00 Goal 2 - 0
Declan Brewin scores for Rainworth Miners Welfare
72:00 Sub On
Julian Topliss is substituted on for Rainworth Miners Welfare
72:00 Sub Off
Tomas Poole is substituted off for Rainworth Miners Welfare
63:00 Sub On
Declan Brewin is substituted on for Rainworth Miners Welfare
63:00 Sub Off
Harry Bamforth is substituted off for Rainworth Miners Welfare
End of period 1
40:00 Yellow Card
Connor Griffin is yellow carded for Rainworth Miners Welfare
39:00 Yellow Card
Tomas Poole is yellow carded for Rainworth Miners Welfare
7:00 Assist
Tomas Poole makes an assist for Rainworth Miners Welfare
7:00 Goal 1 - 0
Matthew Sykes scores for Rainworth Miners Welfare
0:00 Player of the Match
Rob Ludlam is awarded player of the match for Rainworth Miners Welfare
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As it happened

  • Rainworth Miners Welfare
  • Clipstone FC
  • 0
  • Matthew Sykes Goal 7:00'
  • Tomas Poole Assist 7:00'
  • Tomas Poole Yellow Card 39:00'
  • Connor Griffin Yellow Card 40:00'
  • Declan Brewin Sub On 63:00'
  • Harry Bamforth Sub Off 63:00'
  • Julian Topliss Sub On 72:00'
  • Tomas Poole Sub Off 72:00'
  • Declan Brewin Goal 74:00'
  • Jack Barnett Yellow Card 77:00'

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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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