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Thackley FC
Rainworth Miners Welfare
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R Ludlam (71')
Sat 17 Sep 15:00 - Toolstation Northern Counties East League - Premier Division Attendance 82

Another Fruitless Saturday

Rainworth’s poor start to the season has seen them at the wrong end of the table and after today’s game that is becoming a cause for concern.

Of the three goals conceded, the first owed much to the linesman’s interpretation of ‘offside’, whilst the second was yet another addition to the ‘soft goal’ collection. In fairness the third was a result of the best move of the match and would have deserved to win any match.

It was Rainworth who had the first effort on goal in the match, but Phil Buxton’s long range effort in the third minute was well over. That was quickly followed by Aaron Moxam’s effort but that was easily gathered by the keeper.

Rainworth are known for their generosity and a misplaced pass in the 6th minute saw Benjamin Joyce through on goal and only an excellent full length save by Ben Townsend prevented Thackley from taking the lead.

On sixteen minutes a fine Buxton cross was headed wide by Moxam and a minute later Thackley had taken the lead. It came when a long ball found Ryan Farrell, who appeared to be offside but when the assistant’s flag remained down he evaded Townsend’s attempts to block his shot and made no mistake from close range.

Whilst Rainworth were unlucky for what seemed a poor decision, they had a stroke of good fortune in the 24th minute when Farrell’s shot beat Townsend only to strike the upright and rebound to safety.

There was another close call when Joyce’s effort just flew inches past the upright, whilst at the other end Danny Claridge’s cross was inches too high for debutant Tomas Poole.

At this point Rainworth were struggling to put together a sustained period of possession and things got even worse when Claridge had to go off injured being replaced by Carter Widdowson.

Rainworth did have the final two efforts of the half when Moxam firstly tried to bend one into the top corner which went wide and then had his goal bound effort blocked by the keeper.

The first action of the second half saw Steve Wankiewicz just get to a ball before Daniel Broadbent at the expense of a corner.

Rainworth’s generosity almost gifted Joyce, but Townsend was able to turn it round the post.

Rainworth had to bring on Nathan Clarke to replace Steve Mansell who picked up an injury.

An excellent Thackley move in the 54th minute almost created a second but Broadbent was inches from converting Farrell’s cross.

There then followed a sustained period of Rainworth pressure but Moxam’s effort was straight at the keeper as was Declan Brewin’s when he tried to place his effort.

Rainworth made their final substitution on 65 minutes bringing on Nathan Clarke for Jack Hutchinson. They thought they had equalised on 67 minutes when an excellent ball from Moxam and Buxton headed home, only for it to be disallowed for offside.

Thackley’s relief was short lived when Poole’s free-kick was headed home by Rob Ludlam.

Rainworth continued to press and Brewin hit his effort well over and Widdowson’s cross was headed into the keeper’s arms by Buxton and when Brewin’s effort warmed the keeper’s hands, they seemed like the team most likely to score.

On 84 minutes however Rainworth’s bad habits re-emerged when Thackley reacted first to a blocked free-kick and Broadbent had the easiest of tasks of heading home.

Four minutes later the game was over when the move of the match gave Thackley their third as Farrell’s excellent cross was slid in by Joyce.

As the whistle went for full time Rainworth had once again failed to keep a clean sheet, something that must be remedied very quickly.

RAINWORTH MWFC: Townsend; Mansell (Brewin); Claridge (Widdowson); Booker; Wankiewicz; Buxton; Hutchinson (Clarke); Moxam; Heather; Poole.

Attendance: 82

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Key moments

Goal Rob Ludlam scores for Rainworth Miners Welfare


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71:00 Goal 0 - 1
Rob Ludlam scores for Rainworth Miners Welfare
71:00 Assist
Tomas Poole makes an assist for Rainworth Miners Welfare
65:00 Sub On
Nathan Clarke is substituted on for Rainworth Miners Welfare
65:00 Sub Off
Jack Hutchinson is substituted off for Rainworth Miners Welfare
51:00 Sub On
Declan Brewin is substituted on for Rainworth Miners Welfare
51:00 Sub Off
Steve Mansell is substituted off for Rainworth Miners Welfare
End of period 1
38:00 Sub On
Carter Widdowson is substituted on for Rainworth Miners Welfare
38:00 Sub Off
Danny Claridge is substituted off for Rainworth Miners Welfare
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As it happened

  • Thackley FC
  • Rainworth Miners Welfare
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  • Carter Widdowson Sub On 38:00'
  • Danny Claridge Sub Off 38:00'
  • Declan Brewin Sub On 51:00'
  • Steve Mansell Sub Off 51:00'
  • Nathan Clarke Sub On 65:00'
  • Jack Hutchinson Sub Off 65:00'
  • Rob Ludlam Goal 71:00'
  • Tomas Poole Assist 71:00'

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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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