Cinderella is ready for the ball
Rainworth MWFC once regarded a pushover are now, under Lewis Saxby proving they are a force to be reckoned with, although far from perfect at the moment.
Today against a very good Graham Street Proms they made light of the elements winning 2v0.
Their performance was highlighted by Ethan Wiesztort who missed a sitter in the 2nd minute yet opened the scoring in the 77th minute with a difficult finish which he made look simple
Rainworth kicked off the match into a very strong wind and Wiesztort capitalised on a defensive error and after rounding Andrew Fretwell managed to put the ball wide with the goal beckoning.
Graham Street Prims used the elements, but Jordan Lee’s effort was straight at Josh Downie, whilst at the other end a good passage of play between Wiesztort and Josh Asuman saw the latter put his effort wide.
Kevin Morran had a couple of chances for Graham Street Prims, his first failed to test Downie, bending wide, and the second was brilliantly saved one-handed by the keeper.
Rainworth continued to threaten and Liam Jepson overhit his cross but minutes later a second cross was intercepted by Fretwell, inches before Asuman converted.
Asuman continued to be a threat and his header was plucked out of the air by Fretwell with Fry lurking. A quick beak by Rainworth saw Jepson hit his effort wide.
In the final minutes Graham Street Prims pushed hard for the opening goal but Matt Harris’s goal-bound effort was well blocked by Jason Dawson at the expense of a corner. The pressure continued to build and Rainworth had Charlie Hardwick to thank for blocking George Lynal’s effort.
The half-time score of 0-0 was a fair reflection of a hard-fought encounter played in very poor conditions.
The start of the second -half was almost a mirror image of the first when Rainworth almost took the lead, but Asuman’s header beat Fretwell but rebounded off the post. Two minutes later and it was an excellent block by Downie that saved Rainworth’s blushes.
Rainworth came agonisingly close in the 55th minute when Jepson’s cross beat the outstretched legs of Hardwick and Asuman with the goal beckoning.
Jepson broke on goal, but his effort flashed just the wrong side of the post, and seconds later Rainworth brought on Max Curzon for Hardwick. Rainworth continued to press but Curzon’s effort went wide and Fretwell made a brilliant save to deny Asuman’s goal-bound effort.
Graham Street Proms relief was short-lived when in the 77th minute Wiesztort converted Jepson’s cross with a difficult finish, made to look simple.
Graham Street Prims came close to an equaliser when Downie dropped the ball, but he was able to get a foot to the ball and cleared the danger,
With seconds remaining Rainworth got their second when Curzon stole the ball on the edge of the area,he beat two defenders and gave Fretwell no chance, placing the ball in the bottom corner. Seconds later the referee blew for full-time.
The game had been a hard-fought spectable played in atrocious conditions between two teams giving their all-in search of a victory.
RAINWORTH MWFC: Downie; Henry; Toon; Drake; Taylor; Dawson; Wiesztort; Fry; Asuman; Hardwick (Curzon); Jepson.
Subs (not used): Copestake; Doyle; Spray; Wright
Referee: Mr Harry Jones
Man of the match: Josh Downie