What a difference Four Day's make
Rainworth were unrecognisable from the team that lost 3-0 last Saturday at Hall Road Rangers, albeit having to play 72 minutes with ten men, on that occasion.
The desire, passion and will to win was there for all to see tonight, and the 4-0 scoreline flattered Worksop Town.
From the kick-off Rainworth were on the front foot and only the outstretched leg of Josh Diggles prevented Tomas Poole opening the scoring in the 3rd minute. From the resultant Max Pemberton corner, Richard Adams header was cleared off the line.
Diggles came to Worksop’s rescue in the 6th minute when he blocked Matt Sykes’s goal-bound shot. This was quickly followed by Poole’s snap shot which was inches wide with Diggles beaten.
When Danny Booth found Sykes with a Crossfield ball his shot was straight at the keeper, two minutes later he made amends giving Diggles no chance from close-range to open the scoring.
Rainworth had dominated the game up to this point with Worksop struggling to get out of their half. Their first threat to the Rainworth goal came in the 18th minute when Adams did well to prevent Mitch Husband’s shot from troubling Andy Francis.
In the 23rd minute Poole’s long-range effort was easily gathered by Diggles and minutes later when Ross Goodwin found Sykes, Diggles half-stopped the shot and it was cleared.
Rainworth should probably have doubled their lead in the 30th minute when Adams put Kyle Jordan’s cross inches wide of the upright. The pattern continued as minutes later Sykes put Steve Wankiewicz’s cross once again wide.
At the half-time whistle, Rainworth must have wondered why they were only leading by the single goal.
Worksop started the second-half with purpose and Francis did well to prevent Michael Trench’s effort finding the net. Rainworth responded quickly counter-attacking and Jordan’s well struck effort hit the post and then Dingles before crossing the line for the second.
In the 59th minute Rainworth put the game beyond doubt when Jordan’s free-kick found the unmarked Goodwin who had the easiest task of putting the ball in the net for the third.
Worksop had chances in the 68th minute to pull one back but Conor Higginson’s free-kick was deflected for a corner, from which Husbands put the ball wide when well placed.
Rainworth brought on Charlie Dawes for Poole in the 72nd minute and a minute later he was first to Jordan’s blocked free-kick for the fourth.
In the 83rd minute Rainworth brought on Luke Walker for Sykes and he almost got on the score-sheet in the 85th minute when Diggles fumbled Goodwin’s hopeful cross but he regathered before he could prod it home.
At the final whistle Rainworth had repaid their travelling fans with a 4-0 victory after Saturdays no-show at Hall Road Rangers.
RAINWORTH: Francis; Ludlam; Jones (Bennett); Goodwin; Adams; Wankiewicz; Booth; Pemberton; Poole (Dawes); Jordan; Sykes (Walker).
Subs (not used): Modest; Curtis.
Referee: Mr Martin Chester