Andy’s hat-trick nets Rasen the derby spoils

Horncastle Town 2

Market Rasen FC 5

It was a magnificent five as Market Rasen FC put the skids under Horncastle Town to continue their fine current form in the Lincoln League.

It was a day on which the team did not disappoint their travelling support. Player-manager Andy Brumpton was the star of the show with a fine hat-trick.

As early as the second minute the home keeper was forced into a fine save, but thankfully the loose ball was bundled home by Joe Osbourne to give Rasen an early lead.

This early goal seemed to be the catalyst for what was probably the best 45 minutes football played by Market Rasen all season.

It wasn’t long before the lead was extended when good play down the middle of the park from Matt Rutherford and Jason Hall allowed Andy Brumpton the space to fire home to put the away team 2-0 up.

Horncastle couldn’t cope with the fast flowing football being played by Market Rasen, yet chance after chance went begging.

Had it not been for several fine saves by the Horncastle keeper the scoreline could easily have been mistaken for a rugby score.

Late in the half Horncastle did force a corner and the unfortunate Aaran Greenbeek mistimed his header, seeing the ball scooped into the back of the net to bring Horncastle back into the game at half time.

The second half would see the same theme as the first with Rasen controlling possession and creating many chances, which again went astray.

It wasn’t until the introduction of Ian Williams on the hour mark that Rasen would extend their lead.

A good interchange allowed Williams the time and space to round the keeper to put Rasen 3-1 ahead.

James Brothwell and Jason Hall were constant threats down the right flank for Market Rasen and it was they who combined to gift Brumpton his second goal of the afternoon.

Despite the pressure they were under, Horncastle were somehow allowed to reduce the lead again to bring the scoreline to 4-2.

With ten minutes of the game remaining Brumpton completed his hat-trick when he slotted home inside the box to give Rasen a comfortable three goal margin.

The final moments were seen out thanks to the solid defending of Robinson, Andrew Norburn and Jake Wade.