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Rainworth Miners Welfare
Retford United
J Barnett (23'), M Harris (72', 89')
Full time
Sat 14 Jan 15:00 - Toolstation Northern Counties East League - Premier Division Attendance 104

Not Even Second Best

After Tuesdays 9-1 performance in the Notts Senior Cup the Rainworth fans were expecting to see their season kick-started against a Retford United side languishing in the bottom three.

In a game were Rainworth had more chances and more possession, the bottom line was Retford had more passion and desire in a game that could possibly have defined both club’s seasons.

If the players hadn’t realised it, Rainworth have been dragged into the relegation dog fight and on today’s performance they looked one of the favourites to fill one of the bottom three places.

It could have been so different but if you fail to convert clear-cut chances, concede a goal from your corner, allow a player to be first to a ball that was yours and then score for them, you can have no complaints. For their passion alone, Retford deserved this victory and Rainworth should learn from that if they are to have any chance to survive.

After 5 minutes Rainworth had their first warning when Jake Ashton was given a free header from a corner and Rainworth were grateful that it lacked power and was straight at Ben Townsend.

Rainworth went close on 11 minutes when Adam Valentine just reached the ball before Matt Harris and it was cleared at the expense of a corner. Rainworth had two efforts on goal from the corner, both blocked, and when the ball was cleared upfield to Cameron Dear he outran the defence and slotted it past Townsend for the opener.

On 15 minutes Rainworth were inches away from an equaliser when Tomas Poole’s cross just evaded Harris and Matt Sykes.

Rainworth’s equaliser came from a short corner between Sykes and Poole and when the ball reached Jack Barnett his deft clip found the top corner.

It was almost two but Valentine did well to reach Barnett’s free-kick on 27 minutes.

They should probably have taken the lead on the stroke of half-time when an excellent Rainworth move saw Harris through on goal but his effort was blocked.

Rainworth started the second half with purpose and Poole ran past defenders before hitting his effort over the bar.

On 61 minutes, they missed yet another golden opportunity when Curtis Gregory’s cross was mishit by Harris.

Rainworth brought on Liam Morris for Poole, a minute later they went behind when an innocuous free-kick was watched by the defence as it bounced around the area and Brad Kilner reacted the quickest.

Rainworth were unlucky on 66 minutes when Phil Buxton’s goal-bound shot was deflected into the arms of Valentine.

It was all Rainworth in this period when Buxton had an effort blocked and Morris struck his effort over when well-placed.

Retford almost increased their lead on 71 minutes when Townsend did well to block Oliver Perry’s effort and Dear’s follow-up landed on the roof of the net.

Rainworth brought on Declan Brewin for Curtis and a minute later Buxton and Morris combined to set-up Harris for the equaliser.

Then disaster struck in the 78th minute as Perry ran onto a through ball, Townsend came out only to see Rob Ludlam get his toe to it and put it past him for an own-goal.

Rainworth went straight down the other end and Sykes’s effort just flashed the wrong side of the upright with Valentine well beaten.

They have still didn’t learn from their mistakes and whilst Perry’s shot was easily gathered by Townsend, when his second chance was blocked minutes later Ashton was on hand to put in the rebound.

Rainworth now started to show some urgency and when Sykes’s goal-bound shot was deflected it fell into the path of Harris who made no mistake.

In the final minute, it seemed Rainworth must equalise but when Harris put in Morris, the Retford goal led a charmed life and as it was about to cross the line a boot deflected it for a corner.

Rainworth can have no complaints, today summed up their season to-date, unable to convert clear cut chances and eager to gift the opposition goals.

RAINWORTH MWFC: Townsend; Herbert; Claxton; Buxton; Ludlam; Mansell; Gregory (Brewin); Barnett; Harris; Poole (Morris); Sykes. Syub (not used): Griffin

Referee: Mr Paul Buck

Attendance 104

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Key moments

Goal Jack Barnett scores for Rainworth Miners Welfare
Goal Matt Harris scores for Rainworth Miners Welfare
Goal Matt Harris scores for Rainworth Miners Welfare


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89:00 Assist
Matthew Sykes makes an assist for Rainworth Miners Welfare
89:00 Goal 3 - 0
Matt Harris scores for Rainworth Miners Welfare
72:00 Assist
Phil Buxton makes an assist for Rainworth Miners Welfare
72:00 Goal 2 - 0
Matt Harris scores for Rainworth Miners Welfare
71:00 Sub On
Declan Brewin is substituted on for Rainworth Miners Welfare
71:00 Sub Off
Curtis-Shawn Gregory is substituted off for Rainworth Miners Welfare
61:00 Sub On
Liam Morris is substituted on for Rainworth Miners Welfare
61:00 Sub Off
Tomas Poole is substituted off for Rainworth Miners Welfare
56:00 Yellow Card
Steve Mansell is yellow carded for Rainworth Miners Welfare
End of period 1
23:00 Goal 1 - 0
Jack Barnett scores for Rainworth Miners Welfare
23:00 Assist
Tomas Poole makes an assist for Rainworth Miners Welfare
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As it happened

  • Rainworth Miners Welfare
  • Retford United
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  • Jack Barnett Goal 23:00'
  • Tomas Poole Assist 23:00'
  • Steve Mansell Yellow Card 56:00'
  • Liam Morris Sub On 61:00'
  • Tomas Poole Sub Off 61:00'
  • Declan Brewin Sub On 71:00'
  • Curtis-Shawn Gregory Sub Off 71:00'
  • Matt Harris Goal 72:00'
  • Phil Buxton Assist 72:00'
  • Matt Harris Goal 89:00'
  • Matthew Sykes Assist 89:00'

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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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