Last season both me and Kev were sometimes undecided about the games we should go to, so I decided to pick out a few future games and stick to the "menu".... it was tempting to stray from the itinerary and take in the Forest Town v Sutton Floodlit game, but we were not too keen on the Forest Town floodlights, so Rainworth it was.
I like going to Kirklington Road - it really is a decent set-up now and you are always made to feel welcome..also a great idea of putting a team sheet in with the programme - so much easier than trying to jot down names and numbers from the PA system. Maybe in the future, with Hopping becoming so popular, this may become the norm rather than the exception ... I have my doubts!!
Arrived with plenty of time to spare -- actually we arrived with loads of time to spare - a linesman had got lost and a local replacement was called in - the game actually kicked off 8pm.
This season, with the "respect" campaign going on, we have both noticed the standard of refereeing is not as bad as it was last season... but is the "respect" campaign double-edged? Are the Referees supposed to "respect" the players and Managers etc in return?
Obviously, Referee Mr. Barraclough thinks not, nor does his Assistant Mr. Parker. Not very often you see Referees actually shouting at players - telling them to "shut-up!", "do not to argue with the Assistant!", "no more!" and "any more and you're in!"-- but Mr. Barraclough did ... throughout the game...
Assistant Mr.Parker was guilty of applying an iron fist when it came to the Managers using their technical areas. The Laws of the game state on page 52 that "only one person at a time is authorised to convey tactical instructions and he must return to his position after giving these instruction"... ok..fine - but is this Law ever applied? Do David Moyes, Martin O'Neill, et al sit down during a match - ever? Not that I can recall -- talk about applying the letter of the law!!
The stand-in Assistant Mr.Lang, had a tough call in the second half, one of those did it cross the line, didn't it cross the line decisions...
Because the kick off was delayed we had to listen to the whole of Tina Turners greatest hits ....aaarrrrgggghhhhhh -- she's got a pair of lungs has that lady!! The players entered the field, shook hands, waved to the five people in the main stand - then off we went ,,, or rather didn't. The first half hour was dire -- no control, misplaced passes and little skill on show -- Rainworth's first true effort in goal came in the 33rd minute, a tame shot that Paul Brown in the Brighouse net gathered comfortably.
The visitors opened the scoring on 36, a fairly innocuous free-kick from no.11 Danny Ryan creeping through the wall and through Mark Hales's gloves. H-T 0-1
Won 2nd prize in the raffle, a box of Celebration chocolates - although there was not a lot to celebrate ...........
Got the tea/coffe in, both needed a bit more oomph... so only 5/10 sorry ladies!!
Kev bought the Mars bars again, and also provided a delightful bottle of lemon flavoured water -- very nice ..,
Our constant companion Mr. Evening Post turned up during the interval - he'd started the evening up the road at Forest Town, but apparently that was less than entertaining as well !! Had a moan at me for not getting him a coffee in -- I felt really bad -- but that soon passed.....
Rainworth had to up their game if they were to get anything from this match, and they almost pulled level on 58, a 25 yard screamer from Malc Brown that scraped the top of the bar. The "was it over the line " incident came in the 72nd minute - the ball was arrowing towards the back of the net and was pushed out by keeper Brown after it had appeared to go into the goal. I jumped up, Kev cheered - but Mr. Lang waved play on....to most people's chagrin........
Rainworth were level though just 6 minutes later, Phil Bignall turning and firing home from 6 yards after good build up play. Both teams went searching for the winner, but it finished 1-1.
Rainworth Chairman Mr. Reece stopped us for a chat just before we left --- thanks for the kind words, Brian...much appreciated.
Programme ( inc team sheet) £1
Saturday -- 1st visit of the season to Long Eaton United -- hope to catch up with Kelvin " Mushy" Mushambi and also check on the progress of Jared Holmes who we were impressed with on the couple of occasions we saw him play last term.