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Rainworth Miners Welfare
Athersley Recreation
T Poole (54'), K Jordan (62')
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Sat 24 Mar 15:00 - Toolstation Northern Counties East League - Premier Attendance 75

Sometimes it’s just the three points that matter

Up until today Rainworth had gone four matches in the league and cup without conceding a goal, scoring nine goals in the process.

Today they gave a disjointed performance, conceding in the 35th minute, their first in 467 minutes play, before two second-half strikes won them a hard-earned victory.

The saying is ‘that good teams win when not playing at their best’ and Rainworth certainly lived up to that today against a very good Athersley Recreation side.

After a lethargic opening it was Rainworth who created the first goal scoring opportunity when in the 6th minute Max Pemberton’s corner bisected the six-yard box with nobody able to add the finishing touch.

At the other end Kia Hancock’s effort on goal was palmed to safety by Andy Francis, he then put an effort well over when well placed.

It was Hancock again in the 26th minute when his driven shot cum cross from the left flew across the six-yard box, going out for a goal kick having gone inches past the far upright.

The opening goal came in the 35th minute when a Rainworth attack broke down and Athersley hit them on the counter-attack. The ball found Hancock on the right and when he cut in his fierce shot was helped into the net off Francis’s outstretched leg.

This seemed to bring Rainworth to life and after Tomas Poole and Andy Wilson’s neat interchange, Ross Goodwin put Wilson’s cross well over.

At half-time Rainworth could have no complaints in a half that Athersley had been the better side.

The second-half saw Rainworth on the front foot and after a couple of attempts had gone wide they equalised. After a mix-up in the Athersley defence on 54 minutes the ball was only cleared into the path of Poole at the edge of the area and his shot beat everyone nestling in the bottom corner.

Rainworth made their first substitution in the 58th minute bringing on Danny Booth for Goodwin.

The Rainworth goal led a charmed life in the 61st minute when Lee Garside put a tap-in wide of the upright with Francis just an onlooker.

A minute later and Rainworth made them pay when Matt Sykes beat three defenders down the left and his cross was brilliantly volleyed in by Kyle Jordan to take the lead.

Athersley went in search of the equaliser but Jack Briscoe’s effort was well wide. Rainworth made their second substitution bringing on Charlie Dawes for Luke Walker.

Rainworth almost increased their lead in the 73rd minute when Daniel Vinten tipped Jordan’s goal-bound free-kick over the bar.

Athersley almost equalised in the 80th minute when the ball found its way into the area, but no-one was on hand for the finishing touch.

With Rainworth running down the clock the referee added time on, but they were able to hang on and claim all three points.

With third placed Pickering Town the visitors on Tuesday evening, Rainworth will know they will have to be at their best to get anything out of the game.

RAINWORTH MWFC: Francis; Wilson; Ludlam; Goodwin (Booth); Adams; Wankiewicz; Sykes; Pemberton; Walker (Dawes); Jordan; Poole.
Subs (not used): Bennett; Modest; Townsend

Referee: Mr Gareth Davies

Attendance 75

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Key moments

Goal Tomas Poole scores for Rainworth Miners Welfare
Goal Kyle Jordan scores for Rainworth Miners Welfare


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90:00 Yellow Card
Andy Francis is yellow carded for Rainworth Miners Welfare
90:00 Yellow Card
Rob Ludlam is yellow carded for Rainworth Miners Welfare
83:00 Yellow Card
Max Pemberton is yellow carded for Rainworth Miners Welfare
70:00 Sub Off
Luke Walker is substituted off for Rainworth Miners Welfare
70:00 Sub On
Charlie Dawes is substituted on for Rainworth Miners Welfare
62:00 Goal 2 - 0
Kyle Jordan scores for Rainworth Miners Welfare
62:00 Assist
Matt Sykes makes an assist for Rainworth Miners Welfare
58:00 Sub On
Daniel Booth is substituted on for Rainworth Miners Welfare
58:00 Sub Off
Ross Goodwin is substituted off for Rainworth Miners Welfare
54:00 Goal 1 - 0
Tomas Poole scores for Rainworth Miners Welfare
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As it happened

  • Rainworth Miners Welfare
  • Athersley Recreation
  • 0
  • Tomas Poole Goal 54:00'
  • Daniel Booth Sub On 58:00'
  • Ross Goodwin Sub Off 58:00'
  • Kyle Jordan Goal 62:00'
  • Matt Sykes Assist 62:00'
  • Charlie Dawes Sub On 70:00'
  • Luke Walker Sub Off 70:00'
  • Max Pemberton Yellow Card 83:00'
  • Andy Francis Yellow Card 90:00'
  • Rob Ludlam Yellow Card 90:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Pontefract Collieries 34 88
2. Handsworth Parramore 42 85
3. AFC Mansfield 37 84
4. Pickering Town 32 75
5. Maltby Main 35 65
6. Rainworth Miners Welfare 42 63
7. Hemsworth Miners Welfare 35 59

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