Rainworth Win the Battle
Last Season when the two teams met Bottesford Town scored 11 goals, this evening Rainworth won by the odd goal in five.
Rainworth started this season a 'work in progress’ with nearly a completely new team, by losing two and drawing one of their opening games.
That opening sequence of results, doesn’t tell the full story, with a little bit of composure and a little luck it could well have been three wins.
Tonight, they showed that whilst they may be a little naïve at times they are learning fast and after being under the cosh in the opening minutes, more than held their own in a fiercely competitive game.
Bottesford started the game on the front foot and as early as the 2nd minute Danny Boulton broke free and Rainworth were indebted to Ben Townsend, who blocked his effort. A minute later and John Leonard’s effort just flashed by the outside of the upright.
In the 5th minute Declan Bacon put his header wide when well placed.
Rainworth slowly got into the game, Jamal Smith’s through ball to Nathan Modest almost produced a goal only for Jordan Douglas to dive bravely at his feet.
On 20 minutes, a good Rainworth move ended with Jack Waddle’s effort just going wide.
The game was to tip in Rainworth’s favour when in the 26th minute Jack Cross was shown a red card, after over-running the ball and then lunging in with studs showing. When the referee called him over the crowd were debating whether it would be yellow or red in colour, the final decision may have been decided by what was said afterwards.
From the resultant free-kick, Nathan Modest stabbed home the ball to open the scoring.
The game see-sawed backwards and forwards as both sides battled for supremacy. On 30 minutes Tomas Poole’s long-range effort flashed past the upright, whilst at the other end Townsend tipped over Leonard’s free-kick.
Rainworth were unlucky not to double their lead when in the 37th minute Max Pemberton’s far post header came back off the upright with Douglas well beaten. From the rebound Brad Wilson’s long-range effort was kept out at full-stretch by Douglas.
Just when it looked as though Rainworth would go in at half-time holding a one goal lead, they had a momentary lapse in concentration and when the ball reached Boulton, he gave Townsend no chance for the equaliser.
At the start of the second half Rainworth brought on Liam Royles for Jack Bennett.
Within a minute they almost regained the lead when Julian Lawrence was inches away from connecting with Waddle’s cross with the goal at his mercy.
Bottesford were the next to threaten when Boulton’s goal bound effort was saved at full-stretch by Townsend at the expense of a corner.
The second goal came in the 58th minute when a Bottesford attack was defused by Jordan Claxton, who then drove out of his area and hit an inch perfect pass to Smith. Smith took the ball in his stride and gave Douglas no chance as Rainworth regained the lead.
Rainworth were starting to get on top and it came as no surprise when in the 66th minute Lawrence set up Modest for his second and Rainworth’s third.
Rainworth were pressing hard for a fourth and were unlucky when Modest and Smith combined only for Smith to over-run the ball and Douglas gathered.
Bottesford were given a life-line when a lapse in defence ended with Townsend clattering into the advancing forward and conceding a penalty. Leonard gave Townsend no chance from the spot.
Tackles were flying in as both sides battled for everything.
Rainworth brought on Sam Bebbington for Smith in the 80th minute.
A minute later Rainworth had Townsend to thank when he did well to tip Bridge’s free-kick round the post for a corner.
Rainworth made their third and final substitution in the 83rd minute when Anton Wedderburn replaced Modest.
It was end-to-end with both sides going close and both Townsend and Douglas were called on to make saves in the closing minutes, before the referee blew his whistle for full-time.
The season is still in its infancy, but tonight Rainworth proved they are learning fast and are up for the fight, with their battling display.
RAINWORTH MWFC: Townsend; Ludlam; Claxton; Wilson; Bennet (Royles); Pemberton; poole; Waddle; Modest (Wedderburn); Lawrence; Smith (Bebbington). Subs (not used): Whittacker; Munson.
Referee: Mr Oliver Mackle.
Man of the match: Jordan Claxton.