A Step Closer
With Rainworth MWFC looking over their shoulder, today was a must win encounter against Worksop Town, in their fight for Premier Division survival.
For twenty-five minutes, it was a display full of encouragement, with Rainworth MWFC taking the game to Worksop.
However, it took until the eightieth minute after Rainworth’s second goal for them to look like winners.
With Rainworth looking over their shoulders, in what was fast becoming a very tight relegation battle, after two poor performances, three points was a must.
Rainworth started on the front foot dominating the opening exchanges with their slick passing game.
They were rewarded in the eighth minute when Matt Harris headed home Matt Sykes’s free-kick.
The lead was almost doubled in the twelfth minute when after a fine passage of play, Declan Brewin hit his effort straight at the Jon Kennedy.
Rainworth had a lucky escape on 17 minutes when after giving the ball away in midfield Kyle Jordan’s cross was narrowly missed by Jack Hawkins.
Worksop Town twice had Kennedy to thank as he just beat Brewin to balls which if he hadn’t would most certainly have put the game out of Worksop’s reach.
This was to signal the end of Rainworth’s dominance as the game got more fragmented and their play got scrappier.
As Worksop came more into the game they had Townsend’s quick reactions to thank for preventing Worksop making more of their quick break in the 38th minute.
Jordan almost got through in the 40th minute but he was thwarted by Jake Adlington at the expense of a corner.
Rainworth should have doubled their lead in the 44th minute when Kennedy failed to hold Sykes’s free-kick, but Ryan Herbert hit the rebound over with the goal beckoning.
They were nearly made to rue that miss when Hawkins headed Jack Waddle’s cross into the side netting as the referee blew for half-time.
The second half started with Tomas Poole’s long range effort easily gathered by Kennedy.
Worksop were however starting to get a foothold in the game and it took an excellent save by Ben Townsend to deny Jordan Hodder an equaliser.
Rainworth responded with a quick break by Sykes but he shot straight at Kennedy.
It was Rainworth who were struggling against intense Worksop pressure and only a poor cross denied them an equaliser.
The play was becoming fragmented and after Brewin’s effort went across the goal, Rob Ludlam cleared off the line from a Worksop counter-attack.
Worksop were again thwarted by Townsend who put Waddle’s shot cum cross around the post in the 67th minute. This was quickly followed by former Wren Steve Wankiewicz’s effort that was straight at Townsend.
Hawkins thought he had equalised in the 69th minute, but his goal bound effort struck Connor Griffin and his follow up was well wide.
It was all Worksop, with sheer panic in the Rainworth MWFC defence.
Rainworth had a good chance to score their second but Sykes’s free-kick to Poole on the edge of the area was hit well over.
The game turned in Rainworth’s favour on the 80th minute when Herbert won a tackle in midfield and set up Brewin, who coolly put the ball into the far corner out of the reach of the advancing Kennedy.
Rainworth were quickly given a reminder that Worksop still carried a threat when Daniel Booth’s long range effort just went past the outside of the post.
In the final minutes, Pool’s effort was well saved by Kennedy and Will Peat replaced the injured Matt Harris.
At the final whistle Rainworth had taken the three points but not without several anxious moments.
Rainworth however are still not guaranteed Premiership survival but now it’s down to four teams for the final relegation place.
RAINWORTH MWFC: Townsend; Adlington; Griffin; Herbert; Ludlam; Booker: Claxton; Poole; Brewin; Harris (Peat); Sykes. Subs (not used): Munson; Parkin.
Referee: Mr. Mark Tinsley.
Man of Match: Ben Townsend