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Rainworth Miners Welfare
Carlton Town
Tue 1 Jan 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier - First Division South Full time Attendance 128

It was all White on the day.

The visit of Carlton gave Rainworth the opportunity to atone for the Brigg game; where they managed to lose a game they should have won. There was one change from the Brigg game; Danny Bacon was unavailable which meant a debut for Dan White

The match was a typical derby game with both sides showing early nerves and although there was plenty of effort; the skill levels of both sides suffered because of it. In the early exchanges Carlton came closest to scoring when in the 3rd minute from a long Matt Varley throw; Corey Nightingale headed just over the bar. The game continued to be scrappy and there were no clear cut chances created by either side.

The first real chance fell to Carlton in the 20th minute when Matt Ball’s free kick was well defended by Dan White. Then in the 23rd minute Conor Higginson tried to curl one into the top corner but it was headed clear by Corey Nightingale. Whilst in the 24th minute we witnessed the best move of the match so far as Adam Kimberly; Jared Holmes and Ryan Goward move almost scored at the expense of a corner. This was followed by a Jared Holmes; Ryan Goward; Ashley Kitchen interchange in the 30th minute when all that was lacking to the cross was the final touch.

Whilst the play of both sides at no stage flowed it was Rainworth who were creating the better of the chances. The 32nd minute was to provide the breakthrough as a Conor Higginson shot was blocked by the keeper and the rebound fell to Ian Holmes who duly put the ball in the back of the net. Although neither side had controlled the half the better chances had been created by Rainworth and they just about deserved the lead. There was only one more incident of note and that was in the 42nd minute when Martin Ball was booked for a foul on Conor Higginson.

The second half continued much as the first half had ended with both defences having the upper hand. In the 54th minute a long Kieran Walker throw was headed back to him and his cross was met by Conor Higginson as the Carlton defence hesitated and his finish hit the back of the net. At 2-0 the game was all but over; although in the 56th minute a Martin Ball goal bound shot was deflected for a corner by Dan White. Then in the 60th minute a Ruben Wiggins-Thomas shot was blocked by Dan White; who seemed to be everywhere in the Rainworth defence.

Rainworth had not given up hope of adding to their score and in the 63rd minute Conor Higginson from an acute angle hit a ferocious shot that Martin Kearney did well to tip over. The game was now getting stretched and in the 65th Martin Ball just failed to get on the end of a Ruben Wiggins-Thomas cross. Then in the 69th minute the save of the match when Martin Kearney somehow kept out Jared Holmes spectacular bicycle kick that seemed destined for the top corner. Rainworth were having the majority of the chances and in the 70th minute Matt Varley was booked for a foul on Conor Higginson.

Carlton brought on Dean Gent for Jordan Vilums and he took little time in finding himself booked for a foul on Ashley Kitchen. With the Rainworth defence looking very solid with the inclusion of Dan White; Carlton were becoming more and more desperate as they chased the goal to get them back into the match. There was just time for Justin Jenkins to come on for Adam Kimberly but there were no further additions to the score line and Rainworth deservedly won the game 2-0. Whilst Carlton seemed to be suffering from the recent changes in personnel, Rainworth seemed to have found a star in Dan White.

RAINWORTH: Barcherini; Walker; Goward; Camm; Kitchen; White; I. Holmes; Hanson; Higginson; J. Holmes; Kimberly (Jenkins 87); Subs (not used): Burton; Nshindano.

CARLTON TOWN: Kearney; Dakin; Nightingale; Marsden; Varley; Hall; Thornton; Ball; Vilums (Gent); Wiggins-Thomas; Smithson; Subs: (not used); Tyler; Whitehurst.

Referee: Steven Meredith

Attendance: 128

Man of the match: Dan White

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13. Brigg Town 42 53
14. Rainworth Miners Welfare 42 51
15. Market Drayton Town 42 50
16. Loughborough Dynamo 42 49
17. Newcastle Town 42 46
18. Kidsgrove Athletic 42 43

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