Still A Way to Go
Rainworth MWFC showed flashes of what is required, but they still have a long way to go to achieve the ninety-minute performance.
Rainworth dominated the early exchanges and were the first to test the Liversage goal, but after an excellent build up Jack Waddle’s effort was well over.
Tomas Poole’s long-range effort in the 8th minute caused James Waggett problems, with him only gathering it at the second attempt.
They went even closer in the 11th minute when Ludlam’s headed effort from a corner was pushed round the post by Waggett.
The opening goal came in the 17th minute when Jamal Smith had the ball taken off his toe as he ran on goal the ball fell at Waddle’s feet and he made no mistake.
As the game progressed the urgency appeared to go out of Rainworth’s play and Liversedge started to come back into the game.
They had a warning in the 34th minute when Brandon Kane’s dipping shot went just over and two minutes later they were lucky still to be level when Tom White’s effort hit the crossbar.
The scores should have been level in the 38th minute but Devonte Morton put his effort wide with the goal at his mercy.
Rainworth did rally just before the half-time break when Tim Whittaker’s goal bound effort was blocked.
Liversedge started the second half on the front foot and Rainworth were grateful to Jack Bennett’s goal-line clearance after they had failed to deal with a bouncing ball in the area.
They continued to ride their look when a fiercely driven cross was missed by inches by three onrushing Liversedge players.
The pressure on Rainworth’s goal intensified and Kane was unlucky to see his long-range effort flash the wrong side of the upright.
Steve Wales joined in but after his mazy run left defenders in his wake his finish lacked quality, going well over the bar.
Rainworth did come back into the game when Jamal Smith’s fiercely driven shot flashed just wide of the far post.
On 63 minutes Smith should probably have doubled the lead but he put his effort just the wrong side of the upright.
At the other end Rainworth continued to ride their luck when firstly Whittaker headed off the line and then a shot struck the crossbar.
For a brief period Rainworth got the upper hand when Smith once again broke free but his shot struck the keeper with the goal beckoning.
Minutes later Rob Ludlam’s goal bound shot was deflected at the expense of a corner.
Rainworth brought on Liam Royles for Poole, but their good fortune ended on 80 minutes when they failed to clear yet another bouncing ball in the area and Morton pounced for the equaliser.
Rainworth immediately brought on Antonio Wedderburn for Nathan Modest, but it was still Liversedge who looked the most likely to score. At this point Rainworth appeared to be doing their best to gift Liversedge a goal.
Rainworth made their final substitution bringing on Sam Bebbington for Smith and although both sides went close in the final minutes it was Rainworth who were the more relieved at the final whistle.
Rainworth have the look at present of a side that hasn’t played together, understandable as only three of the team were in the squad at the end of last season. The management team are aware of the deficiencies and are working hard to recruit additional players to the squad.
Rainworth MWFC Townsend; Ludlam; Betts; Wilson; Bennett; Whittacker; Poole (Royles); Waddle; Modest (Wedderburn); Lawrence; Smith (Bebbington) Subs (not used): Pemberton; Barnes.
Referee: Mr James King