Rainworth’s FA Trophy replay against Market Drayton exposed the frailty of the current squad availability in midweek as they slipped to a 3-0 defeat.
Work commitments and injury robbed Rainworth of three key players, though fans favourite Mark Camm returned to the club and gave a man-of-the-match display.
Whilst on Saturday the performance of the officials influenced the result, tonight they were excellent, with Rainworth being the masters of their own downfall.
The match kicked off with Market Drayton playing with the strong breeze at their backs, but both sides initially struggled to master the conditions.
Then in the space of a couple of minutes Rainworth’s task got a great deal harder when a momentary lack of concentration in the six,th minute allowed Jordan Johnson an opportunity, and with the help of the breeze his shot sailed over Liam Roberts for the opening goal.
Worse was to follow when a tackle on Grant Ryan left him hobbling and, after attention he went to hospital, he was substituted by Kieran Coupe.
Rainworth almost equalised in the 11th minute when Dean Freeman’s looping header beat everyone only for it to strike the upright.
The weather conditions were having an effect on the game, with both sides struggling to put any sort of passing moves together.
In the 39th minute poor Rainworth defending presented the ball to Michael O’Reilly, who had the easiest of chances and he duly scored.
Rainworth started the second half on the front foot, helped by the strong breeze, and in the 53rd minute Jack Andrews shot flashed the wrong side of the post.
Rainworth substituted Aaron Richards for Ollie Brock as they tried to get back into the game.
In the 62nd minute Tommy Hannigan’s header just cleared the bar, but this was to be a rarity as Rainworth’s attack looked toothless.
Rainworth made their final substitution with Jamie Brown coming on for Matt Jones, it gave them more impetus, but Mitchell’s chip was easily gathered by the keeper.
Any chance Rainworth had of getting back into the match went in the 83rd minute when Johnson sealed the victory with a cool finish once again aided by the home side inept defending.
Rainworth nearly pulled one back when Brown’s well hit shot was parried by Daniel Read, who had been an onlooker for most of the match.
The final chance of the game fell to Market Drayton, but Johnson spurned the opportunity when well-placed and they deservedly ran out 3-0 winners on the night.
Whilst a lot of the team underperformed, the returning Camm was a rare positive, giving a man of the match performance.
At present the squad available for Tuesday night games is not strong enough and with still a couple of Tuesday fixtures remaining in this Calendar year urgently needs addressing.
RAINWORTH: Roberts; Rennalls; Andrews; Hannigan; Freeman; Brock (Richards); Ryan (Coupe); Camm; Mitchell; Kenlock; Jones (J. Brown)
Referee: Mr. Peter Henger
Man Of the match: Mark Camm