Wrens Win In Penalty Thriller

Rainworth Miners Welfare 3-3 Gedling Miners Welfare (FA Vase Second Qualifying Round) 10.10.20

Rainworth MWFC knocked Gedling MWFC out of the FA Vase on penalties after a 3-3 draw at The Kirklington Road Ground.

Rainworth won the penalty shoot-out 4-3 with Kurtis Bamford scoring the decisive penalty.

Ryan Ingram was again the star of the show for The Wrens as he netted his fourth and fifth goals in three games. Josh Radford also found his way onto the scoresheet.

In the 17th minute an Abdau Cole shot was spilled by Warren Squires leading to Elliott Jones and Liam Corrigan lounging for the loose ball. Jones was adjudged to have fouled Corrigan before Courtney Hastings powerfully converted from the penalty spot.

Two minutes later and the referee was pointing to the spot again this time in the favour of the home side. Owen Clarke won the spot kick for the Wrens as he was sent to ground following a shoulder to shoulder challenge from Steven Brett. Ingram stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way and score his fourth goal of the season for Rainworth.

The home side came close to taking the lead in the 28th minute as Craig Mitchell’s cross found Owen Clarke in front of goal. However, Clarke’s low shot was well saved by Matthew Simpson who reacted well to get down low.

Just one minute before half time Rainworth took the lead through Josh Radford. A well-placed Isaac Fisher cross found Radford at the far post who smashed home with ease to make it 2-1.

The Wrens began the second half on the front foot as they found their third in the 52nd minute. Craig Mitchell picked the ball up in midfield before dropping an accurate cross to the feet of Ingram who finished the chance well inside the box making it 3-1.

The away side got a goal back in the 71st minute to make the score 3-2. Winger Solomon Miller was found well inside the box as he headed home into the left side of the net.

Gedling came very close to an equaliser in the 84th minute as Warren Squires tipped onto the post to deny Ruben Wiggins-Thomas.

The visitors did manage to find their equaliser just a minute later as Steven Brett nodded home from a corner.

Brett’s goal tied the scores at 3-3 meaning a penalty shoot-out would decide the winner of the tie. Gedling converted three of their five penalties with Rainworth scoring four. Kurtis Bamford’s deciding penalty was sent into the left side of the goal seeing The Wrens into the First Round Proper of the FA Vase.

Rainworth Miners Welfare: Squires, Herbert, Wootton, Radford, Jones, Hempshall, Fisher, Harris, Clarke, Mitchell, Ingram. Subs: Bamford, Havron, Topliss, Coupe, Wright.

Gedling Miners Welfare: Simpson, Brown, Roberts, McCaughey, Brett, Corrigan, Harrison, Tempest, Hastings, Wiggins-Thomas, Cole. Subs: Mason, Gaynor, Miller, Miles Thornton.

Venue: Kirklington Road (77)

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

*Main image @maxbartonn thrilling action between Rainworth & Gedling in the FA Vase.

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