Rainworths Unbeaten Run Comes to an End, but Not Without a Fight
Rainworth’s incredible run of nine matches unbeaten came to an end at the Birkdale Stadium on Saturday going down 2-1 to a very good Bottesford side.
The Rainworth squad had been hit with serious injuries in their last two matches and with a further two unavailable on Saturday they were down to just three substitutes. This didn’t appear to have been a problem as they took the game to Bottesford in the opening exchanges.
As early as the 2nd minute Nathan Modest’s cross found Matt Sykes, but his shot lacked direction.
Rainworth almost took the lead in the 5th minute when Sykes’s free-kick was headed onto the top of the crossbar by a defender for a corner.
It was all Rainworth and in the 10th minute Rob Ludlam found Tomas Poole but his effort was straight at the keeper.
It wasn’t until the 16th minute before Bottesford’s Declan Bacon had their first effort on goal, but it was easily blocked and cleared.
Rainworth were unlucky not to have taken the lead on 22 minutes when Poole’s driven effort was blocked on the line. Bottesford immediately went down the other end but Bacon’s effort hit the side-netting.
The opening goal came in the 25th minute when Poole’s flick on fell into the path of Sykes, he drove into the area and hit an unstoppable shot into the far corner.
Rather than spurring Rainworth to push on they appeared to lose focus and allowed Bottesford into the match.
The equaliser came in injury time when a cross from the left went through a sea of players hit the far upright and although Ben Townsend was able to prevent the ball crossing the line Dale Hutson was on hand to force the rebound in.
The second half was a little disjointed with neither side able to take advantage of their respective build-up play.
The game changed in the 72nd minute when Rainworth were penalised on the left of their penalty area and from the free-kick Lee Ridley squeezed his header just inside the post.
Rainworth brought on Alex Nightingale for Dawes in the 81st minute but they were unable to find a way past the Bottesford defence as they ran out 2-1 winners.
Rainworth must quickly regroup as they prepare for another tough fixture at home to Bridlington Town next Saturday.
RAINWORTH; Townsend; Ludlam; Waddle; Wilson; Ross; Pemberton; Dawes (Nightingale); Booth; Modest; Poole; Sykes.
Subs (not used): Bennett; Munson
Referee: Mr. Daniel Jarvis