Authors of our own downfall
The last thing a side can do when playing one of the top Premier teams is gift them goals and Rainworth MWFC contributed to all four against Handsworth Parramore.
In fairness to Handsworth they were clinical in their finishing and on the occasions when Rainworth threatened their defence were their equal.
The opening minutes of the game were evenly contested as both sides vied for ascendency. That was until the 4th minute when Rainworth allowed former ‘Wren Jordan Turner time and space in the area, and he made no mistake beating Ben Townsend at the near post for the opener.
In the 17th minute Max Pemberton’s excellent through ball almost found Nathan Modest but Gary Stevens just won the race.
Three minutes later Kyle Jordan’s free-kick was too high, minutes later Handsworth were grateful to Stevens when he parried the same players goal bound effort and it was cleared.
Any thoughts of a Rainworth revival ended in the 27th minute when Turner took full advantage of another defensive error, putting the ball into an empty net for his and Handsworth’s second.
On 31 minutes from a Handsworth counter-attack Josh Hemmingway almost made it three.
Rainworth came close in the 41st minute when an excellent cross was inches away from an attacking boot with the goal beckoning and it was cleared.
Handsworth went straight down the other end and Townsend did brilliantly to keep out Hemmingway’s effort. Rainworth almost got on the score-sheet when Tomas Poole’s effort, from a counter-attack, was deflected into the arms of Stevens.
On 43 minutes yet another piece of poor defending saw a defender deflect the ball over Townsend and Jon Froggatt was on hand to put it into an empty net for what was his hundredth goal for the club.
Shortly afterwards the referee blew for half-time leaving Rainworth trailing 3-0 and with a mountain to climb.
Rainworth started the second-half on the front foot and after an excellent move Poole’s effort flew over the bar. A minute later and his firm drive beat Stevens but went inches past the outside of the post.
The game was now more of a contest and Townsend did brilliantly to push Ozzy Radford’s free-kick out for a corner.
Rainworth should probably have got on the score-sheet in the 54th minute when in quick succession Jordan and Modest had efforts blocked and Alex Nightingale’s effort was bound for the top corner before Stevens tipped it over for a corner.
In the 57th minute Rainworth made their first substitution bringing on Luke Walker for Nathan Modest.
The substitution almost paid dividends when Walker’s cross was plucked off Jack Waddle’s boot by Stevens.
There were chances at both ends as Poole’s effort was just wide and Alex Rippon’s was just over the bar.
Rainworth made further substitutions in the 71st and 78th minutes bringing on Charlie Dawes for Nightingale and Brad Jones for Poole.
Walker who was causing the Handsworth defence problems almost capitalised, but his effort was deflected for a corner.
Handsworth’s fourth goal came from the penalty spot after Rob Ludlam had needlessly brought down the player as he was running out of the area. Froggatt gave Townsend no chance from the spot, hitting it into the top corner.
At the final whistle Rainworth were left to rue a lack-lustre performance were their mistakes had been ruthlessly punished by Handsworth’s clinical finishing.
RAINWORTH MWFC: Townsend; Ludlam; Waddle; Goodwin; Adams; Pemberton; Nightingale (Dawes); Booth; Modest (Walker); Jordan; Poole (Jones).
Subs (not used): Bennett; Knowles.
Referee: Mr Daniel Jarvis.