Lack of players means no show for town

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The football season may be upon us, but for the first time in many years Market Rasen won’t be represented in the senior Lincolnshire leagues.

A lack of players and enthusiasm for the glorious game has meant there will be no senior team playing out of Rase Park.

“I can’t say I am happy about the situation,” said club chairman Kev Bett.

“It is a lot of years - I don’t know how many - since the club didn’t have a first team.

“We lost a few players and the manager, I don’t know why, didn’t seem that interested.

“It is a real shame that we couldn’t get a team together, especially with the amount of people in the town.”

Now the challenge is on to look at rebuilding the team and attract new players to get back in the game next season.

“We want to kick-start the senior team and make sure we have a team ready for next year’s new season,” added Kev.

But while the senior team has failed to thrive this year, the junior side of the club continues going from strength to strength.

A dedicated band of volunteer managers and parent helpers train the youngsters and ferry them across the county to matches.

And some of the parents really do go that extra mile - or 55 -with team manager Tim Paul and parent helpers Mick Quilter and Martin West doing a sponsored walk to raise funds for equipment.

Last season the club ran three junior sides - under 9s, under 10s and under 14s.

And the u9s were the star players, winning 13 of their 14 games to be crowned league champions.

This year, the club also has an under 17 side - an ideal feeder into the senior team positions.

So now is the time for all you budding football stars to dust off your boots and get back in to the game - your town side needs you.

Here at the Rasen Mail, we would also like to hear your thoughts on the current situation.