The game between Rainworth and Kidsgrove Athletic would determine whether Rainworth’s slight relegation fears were over, a win or a draw being all that was necessary for them to retain their Evo-Stik status.
For the past four seasons Rainworth have been Leek’s bogey side, only losing once in seven encounters and never at home, today Leek released all their pent-up frustrations and gave Rainworth a footballing lesson, winning 5-0.
A tough away match against a Bedworth team that were starting to move away from the relegation places was what awaited Rainworth after Saturday’s heart breaking last minute capitulation for a draw against Mickleover
A 78th-minute strike by Ben Saunders blew away Rainworth’s hopes of a winning return to action after a three-week lay-off and gave promotion-chasing Coalville Town a league double and three more points in their quest for Premier Division football.
Today’s Evo-Stik South fixture between Rainworth and Newcastle Town, produced a game of the highest order. It is unfortunate that a contentious refereeing decision in the final minute will be the topic of discussion and not the quality of the play.
Tuesday’s NPL Division One South game against Brigg Town was full of trepidation for Rainworth. Brigg had secured their first league win earlier in the season at Kirklington Road and Rainworth had amassed one win in their eight games played mid-week.
Rainworth made their longest away trip of the season to Scarborough on Tuesday night and it wasn’t helped when a motorway accident delayed their arrival, meaning the kick-off was delayed by 30 minutes.
Football is a game of differing styles, but at the end of the day it is the team who scores most goals who wins. It had been less than a month since Rainworth went to Lincoln United and were victorious in what can only be described as smash and grab.