Adam good display wins the day for Rainworth!!
A fortnight is an eternity in football and for Rainworth it has seemed like a lifetime. In that space of time they have been knocked out of the FA Cup and lost two league games, all in games when the only statistic they didn’t excel was goals scored.
Added to that on Tuesday evening, manager Kevin Gee resigned, so a trip to Market Drayton Town was not high on the ‘to do’ list.
The game began with Rainworth on the attack and as early as the 3rd minute, with a little more composure should have taken the lead, although spurned chances has been the story of Rainworth’s season so far. The travelling faithful didn’t have to wait long and in the 6th minute after a great move the ball was cleared to Adam Murray whose unstoppable shot found the back of the net from some 25 yards.
Just when it seemed only a matter of time before Rainworth added to their score, they promptly allowed Market Drayton back into the game. In the 14th minute Yannick Makota nearly got on the end of a cross and then in the 21st minute a Chris Peel free kick just flashed past Jamie Martin’s upright. Rainworth responded and in the 23rd minute a goal bound Jamie Clarke shot was blocked.
Market Drayton came more into the game and in the 31st minute Peel missed when it seemed easier to score and this was followed by yet another Peel chance in the 35th minute. Rainworth didn’t heed the warnings and in the 36th Peel made it third time lucky as he got the vital touch to bring the scores level. The half-time whistle went with a half Rainworth probably shaded ending level, was this to be another case ‘deja vous’?
Rainworth started the second half looking to take control and in the 51st minute Kieran Walker put Hansen’s cross over the bar. In previous matches Rainworth flattered to deceive, today was different in the 53rd minute Hanson found Clarke whose pin-point pass was knocked into the net by Callum Lloyd. The away euphoria didn’t last long, as first Kyle Blake and then Makota missed great opportunities to equalise.
The killer blow came in the 70th minute, when from a neat Murray free kick Ricky Hanson drove into the area and his cross found its way into the net, helped by Callum Burton. Within a minute from a Murray free kick, Scott Rickards placed the ball wide of the keeper. As a contest the game fizzled out, however substitute Jean Biansumba almost pulled one back for Market Drayton.
Today in a game when Murray excelled, Rainworth showed that if they can convert their chances, they will be a force to be reckoned with. It was by no means a one man show and whilst one match doesn’t make a season, there is reason for optimism for the remainder of the season.
RAINWORTH; Martin; Walker (Cullingworth 69); Magee; Lloyd; Varley; Saunders; Hanson; Murray; Rickards; Clarke (Modest 73); Buttle (Brown 62) Subs (not used): Dudley; Somes.
Referee: Mr. S. Mulhall.
Man of match: Adam Murray.