Shaw penalty earns point for late show Wrens
RAINWORTH recorded their third successive 1-1 draw at Greenfields this afternon to take themselves to within three points of bettering last season’s 40-points tally.
And, for the second game in a row, they needed a Curtis Shaw spot kick to earn themselves a point.
For 80 minutes the Wrens were second best to an in form Drayton outfit for whom this result made it five games without defeat.
But with the home side having found a 72nd minute breakthrough, Rainworth then suddenly found their feet and, in the end, could have come away with maximum points.
Had they done so, then any Drayton claims of the result not reflecting the balance of play would have had some justification. But although they had enjoyed the lion’s share of the play ey looked every bit as toothless as did Rainworth at the sharp end, until Paris Bateman ran in to head home Nick Porter’s cross and break the deadlock.
But when home skipper Paul McMullen needlessly brought down Wrens substitute Ben Spargo as he broke into the area along the left by-line, fellow sub Shaw once again proved his deadliness from the spot, sending keeper Matt Cohen the wrong way for an 84th minute leveller.
Ricky Hanson, Jermain Hollis and Stephen Akers were all brought into the side after missing out against Kidsgrove a week earlier.
Both sides went into the match with all relegation fears already extinguished, and yet for the greater part of the match as far as Rainworth were concerned the ball resembled a hot potato, as too often possession was cheaply conceded and, in consequence, they spent much more time than they needed to on backs to the wall defensive duties.
After a bright start in which chances were created at both ends the first half, with Rainworth facing up a steep slope, died something of a death.
But inside the opening six minutes Dorryl Proffitt almost found a way around the back of Matt Plant, who managed enough of a touch to deflect the striker’s cross-shot onto the bar and behind for a corner.
And when Rainworth broke from that, Hanson’s throw in found Ryan Goward whose quickfire shot on the turn curled just outside the far angle.
Two minutes later, still only inthe eighth minute, Hollis and Akers combined to open up a chance for Ant Lynam, only for McMullen to charge across and take the ball off |Lynam’s toe at the expense of a corner as he was about to shoot.
It looked as if the 105 crowd were to be treated to a pulsating afternoon’s entertainment. But how wrong that proved to be, with both sides seeming to do little more than go through the motions of an end-of-season affair for most of the rest of the half.
Drayton certainly had more of the possession during that time, but Plant in the heart of defence and sweeper Mark Camm dealt expertly with any threats which came their way.
Rainworth did have a half-chance in the 33rd minute after good work by Nathan Adams and Lynam gave Hanson a glimmer of an opening, but he scuffed his shot which went straight to keeper Cohen.
In the opposite box four minutes later Camm’s head was in the way of Shaun Humphreys’ thunderbolt to deflect it over the bar.
The second half continued where the first had left off, with Drayton seeing more of the possession, as often as not helped by it being gifted to them.
Just 10 seconds in, Hanson conceded a needless corner which Joe McCormack punched away.
As the hosts moved up a gear the Wrens keeper was called upon again to finger-tip Craig Ryan’s difficult cross for yet another flag kick.
McCormack was in action again in the 65th minute, spreading himself well to win a one on one after Kyle Blake put Batemen through.
But Bateman had the last laugh seven minutes later, arriving to power-head the goal which had been coming for most of the preceding 27 minutes.
Substitute Rob Paling picked up a booking for a ‘professional’ foul just three minutes after his 75th-minute introduction. McCormack turned Danny Ting’s direct free kick over his bar and from the ensuing corner Jason Francis’ header on the run was too high.
Suddenly Rainworth found a new lease of life, and they thought they had equalised in the 82nd minute when Shaw’s volleyed centre was met by Jermain Hollis who hit the underside of the bar with out the ball crossing the line.
However, the Wrens had only two more minutes to wait for parity. McMullen unceremoniously dumped Spargo on to the floor as he cut in from the left, just inside the box, and Curtis sent Cohen the wrong way from the spot.
Two more minutes on came an amazing miss by the visitors. Goward sent Adams through the inside left channel but as he ran into the box he was forced wide. Cohen was able to parry the shot only as far as Spargo who appeared taken somewhat by surprise as his close range follow up went behind off the outside of the upright.
It was suddenly all action at both ends, and after Hanson had cleared off the Rainworth line following a corner the Wrens counter-attacked through Adams who needed a little too much time at the death.
The Wrens had one more chance as the game entered added time when Spargo broke into the box, only to be denied by the spreading keeper as Adams, unmarked at the far post, could only look on in anguish and consider what might have been.
MARKET DRAYTON: Cohen, Francis, Ting, Goodhead, McMullen, Blake, Bateman, Humphreys (Johnson 70), Proffitt (Davies 63), Ryan (Rogers 74), Porter. Subs not used: Littler, Stevens.
RAINWORTH: McCormack, Hanson, Goward, Camm, Graham, Plant, Hollis, Bacon (Paling 75), Adams, Lynam (Shaw 58), Akers (Spargo 63). Sub not used: Cooksey.
REFEREE: Thomas Harty of Wolverhampton.
WRENS MAN OF THE MATCH: Mark Camm.