Search for victory still continues

Rainworth Miners' Welfare, without a Northern Counties East League Premier Division win since October, are sliding into a relegation battle.

Sunday, 8th January 2017, 9:44 am
Updated Monday, 9th January 2017, 12:49 pm
Rainworth Miners' Welfare FC manager Julian Watts.

The side’s lack of confidence was highlighted on Saturday. They raced into a two-goal lead in the space of 14 minutes at Albion Sports, before a combination of poor defending and poor decisions by the match officials led to a 4-2 defeat.

Their next two fixtures against Real United (Notts Senior Cup) and Retford United (league), both at Kirklington Road, are now vital.

Rainworth keeper Ben Townsend made a fine second-minute save at Albion.

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The visitors took advantage in the 12th minute as Nick Langford ran on to an excellent through ball and easily beat the advancing keeper.

Two minutes later Langford capitalised on a defensive mix-up with an inch-perfect lob from 40 yards.

Rainworth’s dream start soon became a rearguard action and Townsend saved well from another testing effort.

Albion thought they had pulled a goal back in the 19th minute, but it was disallowed for a push on the keeper.

The reprieve was short-lived when Daniel Facey’s acrobatic finish made it 2-1.

Rainworth fought back and were unlucky when Matt Sykes hit the bar.

Albion equalised in the 31st minute when Facey was the first to react to the loose ball after a Townsend block,

Sykes, Curtis Gregory and Matt Harris all went close to restoring Rainworth’s lead, while at the other end a defensive error almost gifted Albion a goal.

But in the 67th minute the visitors were punished after losing the ball in a dangerous area.

Then more poor defending saw Facey, in an offside position, complete his hat-trick and make it 4-2.

Rainworth staged a late rally with the keeper’s finger-tip save keeping out a Sykes shot that was heading for the bottom corner.

RAINWORTH MWFC: Townsend; Herbert; Cooper; Bamforth; Buxton; Mansell; Gregory (Shaw); Claxton; Langford; Harris (Hobson); Sykes. Subs (not used): Topliss; Griffin.

Man of the match: Jordan Claxton.

Attendance: 83.