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REPORT: Renishaw emerge from lockdown to climb table


They may have come straight out of lockdown but Renishaw’s season of improvement continued as they claimed a 3-2 win over Doncaster-based Sutton Rovers. Two goals from the prolific Ryan Damms, who formed a useful strike partnership with Raul Cioboata, who scored the other, gave the border side enough headway to hold off a late fightback by 14th placed Sutton. Ironically, they now face another three week wait before their next game on the road at Thorne Colliery.


Given the short turnaround from the ending of restrictions, the club did well to stage the fixture and the slightly longer than usual pitch wasn’t a burden to them in the early stages.


After efforts from Renishaw skipper Jimmy Savage and a Ryan Walker eighteen yarder that was tipped over by Renishaw custodian Steven Booth, it was the home side who claimed that early advantage.


On 11 minutes, Jimmy Savage beat the offside trap down the right flank, squaring to Ryan Damms who side footed home from 12 yards.


Renishaw also had the ball in the net 12 minutes later. A fine ball in from the right by Savage was well finished by Jordan Willis, whose effort was ruled out for offside by the linesman.


Just shy of the half hour mark, Sutton’s Daniel Parkes shot from the edge of the area just crept past Booth’s far post but it was Renishaw who were soon to double their advantage.


On 36 minutes, Christian Beaumont’s curling ball in from the right wasn’t cleared by the Sutton defence allowing Raul Cioboata to pounce and stab home from six yards out.


It looked to be game, set and match just after the break as Renishaw claimed their third.

Adi Parker’s brave chested backpass fell somewhat short allowing Renishaw’s Damms to nip in and force the ball home from close range. The referee and linesman consulted at length before confirming the goal would stand.


Sutton, who had begun the half much brighter, pulled one back three minutes later. Callum Stockton’s header was tipped over by Booth and out of the resulting corner, Mitchell Wain pulled off a good finish into the top corner to make it 3-1.


Renishaw skipper Jimmy Savage was sent to the sin bin on 62 minutes after another lengthy discussion between the officials and the ten minute spell with ten men played somewhat into the visitors hands.


Ryan Walker had the ball in the back of the net on 81 minutes but again the nearside linesman ruled it out for offside.


One minute later, Stockton blazed wide after a neat ball inside from Walker when he really should have hit the target.


However, Sutton’s persistence set up a tense finish as they claimed a second goal one minute from time.


Substitute Connor Evans fed Walker, whose first attempt was saved by Booth but he followed up on the rebound to head home from close range.


Renishaw weathered the final minute storm and their eventual 3-2 success sees them climb to sixth in the Central Midlands League North table. They must now wait until December 30th before a midweek trip to Thorne Colliery for a 7.45 kick off.


Renishaw: Booth, Beaumont, Beardow, Colliver, Gregory, Cheetham, Savage, Mason, Cioboata, Damms, Willis. Subs: Whittaker, Byard, Kitchen, Potts.


Sutton Rovers: Clark, Chambers, McCabe, Horniman, Parker, Smith, Walker, Parkes, Stockton, Wain, Palmer. Subs: Tune, Gillis, Evans, Gillies.


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