Football: Concentration lapse costs Rasen Town vital two points

Joe Osbourne was inspirational in midfield for Market Rasen at Horncastle and scored the opening goal with a 30 yard piledriver.
Joe Osbourne was inspirational in midfield for Market Rasen at Horncastle and scored the opening goal with a 30 yard piledriver.

Lincoln Mooorlands Res 3-3 Market Rasen Town – Tuesday, October 11

MARKET Rasen travelled to Lincoln Moorlands last Tuesday (18 October) hoping to continue their mini unbeaten run.

With Moorlands beefing their ranks with some of their first team and Rasen without regulars Drew Norburn, Nathan Smith and Andy Belt all through injury and James Bennett on holiday, it was not going to be an easy task, made more difficult by a bumpy, bare pitch.

As expected the home side had most of the opening exchanges with Dale Christie being called into action in the Rasen goal.

Jason Hall had Rasen’s best chance of the half when he latched onto a Rutherford through ball, drawing the keeper, only to see his shot clip the crossbar.

The deadlock was broken towards the end of the half when Chester scored after more sustained pressure from the home side.

Attacking down the slope in the second half Rasen began to get back into the game with Osbourne and Rutherford making regular forays into home side territory and Hall providing a constant menace from the left flank.

A delightfully lifted ball from an Osbourne free kick found skipper Greenbeck free to fire home the deserved equaliser for Rasen.

Unfortunately the home side hit back almost immediately with John putting Moorlands back in front against the run of play.

Manager Andy Brumpton would have been pleased with the reaction from his men as Rasen continued to press for something from the game and were duly rewarded when that man Greenbeck got them back on level terms with another neat finish.

A Jason Hall free kick created an opportunity for Joe Osbourne, who fired in from close range giving Rasen a 3-2 lead with ten minutes remaining.

However, an all too familiar lapse of concentration allowed the home side to steal a point when Matthews levelled.

Market Rasen 1-3 Heckington United- Saturday October 15

OLD Lincoln League rivalries were renewed on Saturday when Heckington United were the visitors to Rase Park.

Sitting one point above Rasen in the table and enjoying a similar reign in form, Heckington started the game the brighter of the two teams, with the fast passing style being too much for the home side.

Rasen veteran Ian Williams should have done better when he fired straight at the away keeper in a rare attack before Heckington opened the scoring on ten minutes.

Rasen had keeper Will Bradford to thank for a couple of smart saves as Rasen struggled to cope with the slick away side’s attacks.

Joe Osbourne had calls for a penalty turned down by the referee before United went further ahead before half time with Kirwan capitalising on sloppy Rasen defending.

Rasen were unlucky not to reduce the arrears early in the second half when a strong James Bennett run ended with the midfielder lobbing the ball over the crossbar. Further chances went begging with Rasen looking dangerous from set pieces.

Against the run of play Will Bradford failed to deal with a rare Heckington corner, allowing Clarke to grab his second goal of the game.

Rasen’s only joy of the afternoon came when Williams nodded in a consolation goal from a Rutherford free kick.

While Rasen were much improved in the second half, Heckington were good value for all three points.

Rasen manager Andy Brumpton will need all his experience to lift Rasen for the next two fixtures, which see Rasen travel to an improving Lincoln United tonight, Wednesday, for a 7.45pm kick off, before a return fixture at Heckington on Saturday.