Rainworth get a warm Wellcomme at Chasetown
Rainworth’s performance on their visit to Chasetown was hopefully a one off; as we can have no complaints losing 3-0 to a very average side.
To be totally honest if their finishing had been any better the score line could have become embarrassing; on a day our wafer thin squad was stretched to the limit. The pitch may have been poor; but we were a well beaten well before the end of the match.
The match kicked off with Chasetown immediately on the attack and they could well have taken the lead in the first ten minutes. Nick Wellecomme (twice) and Gary Hay both shot wide with only the keeper to beat. Rainworth did briefly threaten the Chasetown goal but in truth on both occasions they were easily dealt with. Having spurned better chances Chasetown opened the scoring in the 20th minute when a Wellecomme shot was deflected past Alessandro Barcherini and crept into the corner of the net.
Rainworth briefly rallied and Conor Higginson pounced on a defensive mistake by Tesfa Robinson; but could only hit the keeper with the goal at his mercy. Ryan Goward’s follow up shot was saved at the second attempt by Ryan Price. That was to be the sum total of their first half chances as Chasetown dominated the final ten minutes of the half.
Wellecomme had a shot blocked by Barcherini and cleared by Mark Camm, then Lee Butler’s mazy run and shot was only thwarted by an excellent save by Barcherini. There was still time for Hay to hit yet another chance wide before Wellcomme finally got the ball into the net; only for it to be ruled offside. That was the final action of a one sided half and Chasetown must have wondered why they were only leading 1-0.
Rainworth brought on Jordan Claxton for Jacob Lowe at halftime and it was he who brought a good save from the keeper in the 49th minute. Then in the 50th minute Chasetown’s Butler must have thought he’d scored only to see his goal bound shot brilliantly headed off the line by Camm. Rainworth once again threatened the Chasetown goal as Higginson’s shot just flashed wide. In a game played in good spirit flared up when Goward and Hay; exchanged handbags in the area; both receiving yellow cards.
The second goal came in the 61st minute when Robinson scored from a free kick with the Rainworth wall non-existent. That lead was added to in the 71st minute when Wellcomme had his first attempt parried by Barcherini; he still had time to put the rebound in the net before the defence re-acted. Rainworth brought on Danny Bacon for Justin Jenkins and Kieran Patel for Jermain Hollis but Wellcomme had the last chance of the match shooting just wide.
Rainworth must regroup for Tuesday’s clash at Lincoln United or their season is possibly going into free fall. As for Chasetown they were good value for their win today and Nick Wellcomme must be wondering how he only scored two goals.
CHASETOWN: Price. Farmer (Teesdale 38). Jackson. Slater. Bate. Robinson. Butler. Bragoli. Wellcomme. Hay (Smith 79). Gould (Brown 86) Subs (Not used): Westwood. Robinson.
RAINWORTH: Barcherini. Hanson. Magee. Camm. Lowe (Claxton 45) Williams. Hollis (Patel 79). Jenkins (Bacon 76). Higginson. J.Holmes. Goward. Sub (Not used) Kimberly.
Referee: Mr. G. Taylor
Man of match: Mark Camm