Rainworth’s first game in the East Midlands Counties League ended in a 2-0 home defeat to Heanor Town after a controversial 38th minute red card changed the course of an even match.
As Warren Squires prepared to take a goal kick the referee showed the Wrens’ Nick Labbate a red card.
It was reported that he was dismissed for making a racial comment to his brother, Roberto, who also plays for Rainworth.
Rainworth probably should have taken an eighth minute after a good move saw Antonio Wedderburn’s effort smothered.
With seconds left to play in the first half Heanor took the lead when Daniel Chatfield’s effort hit the back of the net.
Squires saved at point-blank range from Roome and with his legs from Ritchie-Smith in quick succession in the second half as Rainworth battled.
Substitute Liam Jepson went close to an equaliser in the 72nd minute, shooting wide after outpacing the defence.
But two minutes later a misunderstanding between Jacob Lowe and Squires saw Lowe’s back-pass end up in the net for Heanor’s second.
RAINWORTH: Squires; R. Labbate; N. Labbate; Webster; Wright; Lowe; Wedderburn (Jepson); Weatherall (Robinson); Adaleye; Walker; Gledhill (Gaughan).