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Staveley Miners Welfare
Rainworth Miners Welfare
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N Langford (3'), M Harris (55')
Sat 4 Mar 15:00 - Toolstation Northern Counties East League - Premier Division Attendance 183

Against the Odds

The league records of Staveley MW and Rainworth MWFC in 2017 couldn’t be more contrasting with Staveley having only lost one and Rainworth only having won one of their fixtures during that period.

It meant that Staveley were in the top half of the table, whilst Rainworth were now in a relegation battle.

On the day, however Rainworth’s battling performance gave them a much-deserved victory and the three points in their continued fight for survival.

The pattern for the game was decided in the opening minutes and when in the 3rd minute a defensive error saw Rainworth’s Matt Sykes steal the ball. His pass found Matt Harris, he squared the ball for Nick Langford who made no mistake for the opener.

Bothe sides were struggling to put together a meaningful passage of play, with neither side being allowed any time to settle.

Rainworth almost doubled the score in the 10th minute when Ryan Herbert picked up the ball in midfield and left a couple of defenders in his wake before hitting a shot that just went the wrong side of the upright.

Staveley however had other ideas and in the 12th minute they should have equalised when Curtis Morley drove into the penalty area and set up Adam Lee, but his shot was well over when well placed.

At the other end, Declan Brewin’s long range effort was just over the bar and a couple of minutes later Tomas Poole’s free-kick was even closer with Lewis Naylor well beaten.

A minute later Staveley were grateful as Langford’s goal bound shot took a deflection and Naylor easily gathered.

In the 34th minute Staveley had a slice of luck when everyone in the ground, that is except the referee, thought Lee would be shown red for his violent use of his head, only for the referee to produce a yellow. A couple of minutes later he was involved again prompting the home team to immediately substitute him.

With minutes left of the half Staveley came close to the equaliser with both Tyla Bell and Joshua Madin hitting shots just wide.

The referee brought the half to an end shortly afterwards, but the talking point was Lee’s non-red card.

The second half started at a frantic pace with both sides pushing for a goal.

Rainworth came close in the 54th minute when in defending Poole’s free-kick Madin's misdirected headed clearance landed on top of the net with Naylor a spectator.

The rest bite was short lived when from the resultant corner, Sykes’s cross was headed home at the far post by Matt Harris to put Rainworth two goals up.

In the 58th minute Staveley’s task got much harder when Thomas Ellis was dismissed for his second bookable offence.

Rainworth almost increased their lead in the 68th minute when Brewin found Sykes but his sliced effort was well wide.

Naylor did well in the 68th minute to somehow keep Brewin’s goal bound shot out at the expense of a corner.

Staveley were pushing forward whenever possible but Madin’s effort was just wide.

Rainworth almost got a second headed goal from a corner but Jake Adlington’s effort was wide of the upright. It was a period when play was end to end with chances at both ends.

In the 77th minute Rainworth brought on Lewis Parkin for Brewin and shortly afterwards Staveley had the ball in the net but it was disallowed for offside.

Rainworth brought on James Munson for Langford as they played out time and shortly afterwards the whistle went for full time.

Today had been a complete team effort and nobody who had seen it, could have been in any doubt, that Rainworth are more than ready for the relegation battles ahead.

RAINWORTH MWFC: Townsend; Adlington; Claxton; Herbert; Griffin; Ludlam; Brewin (Parkin); Poole; Langford (Munson); Harris; Sykes Sub (not used): Watts

Man of match: Whole Team

Attendance: 183

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Key moments

Goal Nick Langford scores for Rainworth Miners Welfare
Goal Matt Harris scores for Rainworth Miners Welfare


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85:00 Sub Off
Nick Langford is substituted off for Rainworth Miners Welfare
85:00 Sub On
James Munson is substituted on for Rainworth Miners Welfare
78:00 Yellow Card
Jake Adlington is yellow carded for Rainworth Miners Welfare
77:00 Sub On
Lewis Parkin is substituted on for Rainworth Miners Welfare
77:00 Sub Off
Declan Brewin is substituted off for Rainworth Miners Welfare
55:00 Goal 0 - 2
Matt Harris scores for Rainworth Miners Welfare
55:00 Assist
Matthew Sykes makes an assist for Rainworth Miners Welfare
End of period 1
3:00 Assist
Matt Harris makes an assist for Rainworth Miners Welfare
3:00 Goal 0 - 1
Nick Langford scores for Rainworth Miners Welfare
0:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Ben Townsend keeps a clean sheet for Rainworth Miners Welfare
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As it happened

  • Staveley Miners Welfare
  • Rainworth Miners Welfare
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  • Nick Langford Goal 3:00'
  • Matt Harris Assist 3:00'
  • Matt Harris Goal 55:00'
  • Matthew Sykes Assist 55:00'
  • Lewis Parkin Sub On 77:00'
  • Declan Brewin Sub Off 77:00'
  • Jake Adlington Yellow Card 78:00'
  • James Munson Sub On 85:00'
  • Nick Langford Sub Off 85:00'

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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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