After Saturday’s match at Harrogate Railway, Rainworth’s management were looking for a reaction tonight.
Saturday’s game was described by one witness as ‘The most one-sided 1-4 defeat he had ever witnessed’, in a game Rainworth dominated every stat but the goals for column.
Tonight, against a Handsworth Parramore side, thought by many to be one of the favourites for promotion and boasting the league’s most formidable strike-force in Jon Froggatt and Aaron Moxam, they knew they would have to be at their best.
At the final whistle with the scores level at 1-1, pride had been restored, but Rainworth were left wondering what might have been on a night when with a little more composure, they may have been victorious.
The first chance of a game of very few fell to Rainworth when in the 8th minute Liam Royles shot clipped the crossbar with Chris Butt well beaten.
The game changed on 24 minutes when Brad Wilson’s challenge on Patrick Lindley in the penalty area was judged to have been a foul and the referee pointed to the spot. Rainworth could be excused from thinking it wasn’t going to be their night when Froggatt’s spot-kick was saved by Ben Townsend only for him to coolly put the rebound away for the opening score.
However far from feeling sorry for themselves Rainworth went on the attack and in the 30th minute probably should have done better than Modest’s deflected shot from Sam Bebbington’s through ball.
They had an even better chance in the 43rd minute when debutant Alex Torr put Modest in and although he outran the defenders, he overran the ball and it was cleared.
Shortly afterwards the whistle went to end a half in which Rainworth had more than matched Handsworth and probably should have gone in at the break level.
Rainworth started the second half on the front foot and in the 47th Modest’s effort was only gathered at the second attempt by Butt.
Handsworth were being limited to long-range efforts as Richard Tootle’s effort goes wide in the 50th minute.
On 57 minutes Niall Smith made an interception and drove into the area, but just as he was about to shoot it was taken off his toe at the expense of a corner.
Rainworth made their first substitution on 63 minutes James Munson coming on for Torr.
Handsworth came close on 71 minutes as Froggatt’s effort went just wide of the upright, as Rainworth made their second substitution bringing on Jordan Claxton for Bebbington.
Jack Waddle’s curling effort in the 75th minute lacked power and was easily gathered by Butt. A minute later Modest put his effort wide as Rainworth continued to press for an equaliser.
They made their final substitution in the 78th minute bringing on Kieran Barnes for the injured Modest.
Then in the 85th minute with Handsworth seemingly having ridden the Rainworth pressure, Rob Ludlam hit a dipping shot from outside of the area which beat Butt all-ends-up for the equaliser.
In the final minutes Handsworth went all-out for the winner as Froggatt and William Eades’s efforts went close.
That was to be the last action of a game of limited chances in which Rainworth more than matched their opponents.
The 1-1 draw ended a run of two defeats and gave Rainworth something to build on in preparation for Saturday’s FA Vase match at Long Eaton United.
RAINWORTH MWFC: Townsend; Ludlam; N. Smith; Booth; Wilson; Pemberton; Royles; Waddle; Torr (Munson); Modest (Barnes); Bebbington (Claxton).
Sub (not used): Francis.
Referee: Mr Gareth Davis.