Rainworth Reach Round Three

Rainworth Miners Welfare 2-1 Shirebrook Town (East Midlands Counties League Cup Round Two) 03.12.19

Rainworth Miners Welfare ran out 2-1 winners at home to Shirebrook Town in the East Midlands Counties League Cup second round. An 85th minute strike from Lewis Weaver was enough to seal the Wrens’ comeback victory having been 1-0 down at Half time.

The highlight of the match came in the 31st minute as Tom Bradley gave the visitors the lead. The attacker picked the ball up in midfield and chipped the ball from 40 yards out over goalkeeper Josh Hollis. It was a moment of supreme quality that went against the run of play. Rainworth manager Lewis Saxby described the goal: “It was an absolute worldie. If tries that another one hundred times he wont score.”

Saxby was disappointed in his sides inability to finish the game earlier: “We made hard work of it. We looked a bit rushed in the first half, we tried to force play and be too direct. But we just didn’t take our chances.” However, Saxby did admit that Rainworths inability to take an early lead was down to an outstanding performance by Shirebrook goalkeeper Piotr Strycharz. Saxby said: “I thought their keeper had an absolute blinder. Some of the saves he pulled off in the first half were out of this world.”

Rainworth reacted well after the break applying the pressure and creating multiple chances in the early parts of the second half. In the 64th minute centre back Conor Wright met Dec Brewins corner delivery to fire powerfully into the roof of the net to get the home side level.

Having equalised, the home side applied intense pressure but failed to craft many clear-cut chances. In the 85th minute Blessing Adaleye broke upfield before finding captain Aidy Harris in the box. Agonisingly, the skippers shot fired against the post. Fortunately for Rainworth, Lewis Weaver was there to latch onto the rebound and turn it in before it could be cleared.

Next up for Rainworth they travel to high flying Gedling, a side that Rainworth beat at home back in September. Saxby believes the match comes at a good time for them and fancies their chances: “I think in terms of form were doing the better. I know our lads will turn up and I think they’ll be worried about us”. Next up for Shirebrook Town, they face a tough visit to midtable side West Bridgford at the Regatta Way Sports Ground.

Rainworth Miners Welfare: Hollis, Doyle, Toon, Herbert, Timmons, Wright, Brewin, Davidson, Darby, Harris, Weaver. Subs: Coupe, Spencer, Drake, Cox, Adaleye.

Shirebrook Town: Strycharz, Farnsworth, Morton, Wilton, Clarke, Simpson, Jepson, Dodds, Burbanks, Savage, Johnson. Subs: Bradley, Kuncyusz, Lyons.

Venue: Kirklington Road (62)

In the other EMCL round two ties Eastwood Community were beaten 3-2 at Barrow Town whilst Dunkirk suffered the same loss scoreline at home to Belper United. Sherwood Collier were 3-1 winners against Gedling Miners Welfare thanks to goals from Widdowson, Jepson and Wells whilst Clifton went through to round three on penalties after drawing 0-0 at Radford.

In EMCL league action Teversal were beaten 5-1 by Heanor Town with more cup action tonight as West Bridgford travel to Borrowash and Kimberley host Clipstone.

*Article provided by Max Barton (Rainworth Miners Welfare Correspondent).

*Main image @maxbartonn Rainworth MW and Shirebrook line up pre-match to shake hands.

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