Rainworth steal points against injury-hit Lincoln United
Lincoln United went down 2-1 at home to Rainworth Miners Welfare on Tuesday despite creating a string of goalscoring opportunities.
Following Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Sutton Coldfield, Dave Frecklington's team were looking to bounce back and record their second home win of the season.
In absence of regular strikers Andy Hutchinson and Gio Carchedi, assistant manager Sam Wilkinson continued up front while first-team coach Ian Wilkins and Paul Mayo returned from injury to take up the full-back positions.
To add to the injury crisis, forward Josh Bowden and defender Stuart Reddington are likely to be out for two more weeks.
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The game started promisingly for the Whites with probing attacks down the visitors' left flank by Sean Cann and Mayo.
However, United's early dominance was quashed by a stunning strike from 25 yards by Wrens forward Chris Palmer which gave young keeper Nathan Burrows no chance.
After that, it was one-way traffic towards the visitors' goal.
Wilkinson had the ball in the net after half an hour only to be ruled offside. Cann had what looked like a valid appeal for a penalty turned down.
Defender Sean Wright got in on the act only to see his shot go inches wide.
Rainworth could consider themselves lucky to have gone in 1-0 up at half-time.
Soon after the break, Simon Mowbray had a goal disallowed for offside, Danny Brooks' long range effort hit the post and Tom Batchelor's header was cleared off the line.
As the home side threw caution to the wind and went all out for a deserved equaliser, the visitors counter attacked and substitute Jamie Brown's low shot put the Wrens 2-0 up against the run of play.
United pushed Tom Batchelor into attack and played three at the back. Even keeper Burrows went forward at set-pieces.
A Brooks penalty near the end was scant consolation as Rainworth withstood the United pressure and came away with all three points.
"The amount of chances we created was frightening," said Whites boss Dave Frecklington.
"On another day it would have been 7-2. We created chance after chance but the ball just wouldn't go in.
"The injury situation is shocking. I look at the injuries and the players who are not available and I think that when everyone is fit we are going to be a real force."
United host Chasetown on Saturday.
Chasetown (h), Saturday, September 28. Eastwood (a), Tuesday, October 1.