Market Rasen Town 2
Sleaford Town Res 0
MARKET Rasen Town took the opportunity to get back to winning ways on Saturday, gaining maximum spoils over a struggling Sleaford Town side who sit bottom of the league.
Rasen were without the suspended James Bennett along with Andy Belt and Drew Norburn through injury. This meant Matt Rutherford was reverted to right back and Scott Coupland took his place in a four man in midfield.
Without a game last week, Rasen took a few minutes to get into their stride, but eventually took control of proceedings and their tidy pass and move play ensured that the Sleaford goal was consistently under pressure.
One such move brought the opening goal when Kyle Paul, Jason Hall and Scott Coupland combined with Nathan Smith to provide Coupland with space on the edge of the box.
Seeing the keeper slightly off his line Coupland curled the ball into the top of the net for a deserved lead.
Scott Lowman, playing in a wider role than in recent weeks, saw the keeper parry the ball to safety after a good run down the right flank.
Jason Hall’s pace and determined running was causing havoc in the Sleaford rearguard and he provided a perfect cross for Jake Wade for the second goal.
Wade had been unlucky with an earlier header, but staying forward after a dead ball he blasted Hall’s cross on the volley into the net taking Rasen into the break 2-0 to the good.
With Sleaford offering no serious threat to Will Bradford’s goal, the second half should have been an opportunity for Rasen to increase their goal tally, but they never really got out of second gear and were guilty of sloppiness in the final third.
Skipper Aaron Greenbeck should have done better with a header in the closing stages after a Scott Lowman corner in one of few attempts to drive home the advantage.
Both manager Brumpton and Guy Smith were introduced to the midfield, but could not force any further punishment on to the visitors and the game petered out.
While the second half was undoubtably forgettable it still provided positives. A clean sheet from an accomplished performance from the back four, in which Kyle Paul also showed his promise with decent distribution going forward.
Next week Rasen welcome the second string from Boston United to Rase Park for a 3pm kick off.