Market Rasen Town 1-2 Louth Town Res.
THE phrase “After the Lord Mayors show” was never more applicable than to Market Rasen Town’s performance at Rase Park on Saturday.
Following last week’s fabulous result over Pinchbeck Utd in the County Cup, Rasen showed none of the quality and industry which put Pinchbeck to the sword.
Both Jason Hall and Guy Smith got a deserved start and Scott Coupland returned in attack.
Louth arrived at Rase Park looking to avenge their 2-3 defeat to Rasen earlier in the season and indeed took advantage of the usually immaculate, Joe Osbourne’s hesitancy to open the scoring after five minutes. Coulam robbed Osbourne in the home penalty area to fire past the helpless Will Bradford.
Rasen struggled to find any real pattern, although Nathan Smith caused problems when released behind the Louth back line.
Scott Lowman provided a moment of excitement when he watched his 25 yard free kick rebound of the upright to safety.
After the break, Manager Andy Brumpton shuffled his formation as Rasen looked to get a grip on the visitors extra man in midfield, however, defensive hesitancy again proved Rasen’s downfall.
Jake Wade, exceptional in last week’s cup victory failed to clear his lines on the edge of his own area, with Manders capitalising to slip the ball past the on rushing Bradford for a second Louth goal.
James Bennett was introduced to beef up the Rasen midfield, and 10 minutes from time he latched onto a fine pass from Jason Hall to reduce the deficit, slotting past the Louth keeper whilst holding off the challenge of the defender.
Aaron Greenbeck was pushed further forward in the remaining minute, but the game fizzled out to a disappointing end.
Rasen get a rest this week before Sleaford Town come to Rase Park on Saturday March 10, followed by an attractive fixture against Boston Utd Reserves on March 17.