Transfusion of New Blood Does the Trick
Two debutants and another on the bench help Rainworth avoid a ‘Banana Skin’ against bottom club Clipstone.
Both sides must be complemented for the quality of the football produced in atrocious conditions, with heavy rain and gusting winds.
With neither side prepared to gamble, in the early exchanges, it meant there was a lot of effort but no end-product.
Rainworth were the first to threaten when in the 15th minute Liam Royles cross was headed straight at Liam Kerry by James Munson.
Three minutes later and Rainworth finally breached the visitors goal when Julian Lawrence, on his return from suspension, drove into the area. His shot was deflected and it was Munson who reacted the quickest, driving it into the bottom corner for the opening goal.
Rainworth were having the lion’s share of the play but Brad Wilson’s 26th minute long-range effort was well over.
The second Rainworth goal came in the 32nd minute when Danny Booth collected the ball on the edge of the area, as he drove in evading two defenders and beating Kerry at the near post.
That was the last action of note as the referee blew for half-time with Rainworth leading 2-0.
The second-half saw the gusting wind increase with Clipstone taking full advantage to pressure the Rainworth goal.
On 50 minutes Kai Richards, mazy run deserved better but his cross was too near the keeper and it was cleared, minutes later and Luke Morgan’s effort from long range was straight at Townsend and he easily gathered the ball.
Rainworth weren’t so fortunate a minute later when a great passing move was finished by Jermaine Jatau.
Rainworth went straight on the attack and only an incredible goal-line clearance by Jack Hutchinson, prevented debutant Joshua Ross from adding to their lead.
They scored their third goal in their next attack when Munson laid the ball into the path of Royles who gave Kerry no chance, placing his effort into the bottom corner.
On 66 minutes Rainworth made their first substitution bringing on James Knowles for Royles.
Rainworth increased their lead on 74 minutes when Knowles excellent ball found fellow debutant Luke Walker and he gave Kerry no chance.
Rainworth brought on Jordan Claxton for Niall Smith and shortly afterwards Jack Waddle put his effort well over.
In the 79th minute Rainworth made their third and final substitution bringing on Kieran Barnes for Wilson.
Rainworth continued to push for a fifth and in the 85th minute Walker’s fierce drive was inches over with Kerry beaten. A minute later Clipstone were indebted to Kerry as he saved brilliantly from Claxton at the expense of a corner.
The final play of the game saw Kerry make an excellent save from Munson at the near post.
RAINWORTH: Townsend; Ludlam; N. Smith (Claxton); Wilson (Barnes); Ross; Lawrence; Royles (Knowles); Waddle; Walker; Munson; Booth.
Subs (not used): Modest; Francis
Referee: Mr David Hunt