Crossbar denies Wrens unlikely point at leaders
Rainworth Miners' Welfare came close to taking a point of Northern Counties East League Premier Division leaders Pickering Town with a fightback.
Trailing to Ryan Blott’s 19th-minute opener, Rainworth almost levelled when Jack Waddle’s 58th-minute strike hit the underside of the bar, bounced on the line and was cleared.
Had that gone in they would have earned a point, instead of coming away with nothing after a 3-2 loss.
Rainworth, who defeated Staveley Miner’s Welfare 2-1 the previous Tuesday, survived home pressure before Blott’s opener.
The visitors almost equalised in the 55th minute when Michael Clancy did well to block at full-stretch Waddle’s goalbound effort.
Lewis Taylor doubled the home advantage and Blott struck again, both on breakaways, to leave the visitors 3-0 down after 70 minutes.
Pickering were rampant and Jonathan Townsend did well to block Danby.
At the other end Rob Ludlam’s long-range lob landed on top of the net.
Rainworth reduced the deficit in the 75th minute through Joshua Ross’s excellent 35-yard free-kick.
In injury-time substitute Bryan Dakouri received James Munson’s through ball and coolly stroked it past Clancy.
But there was no time left for the Wrens.