FOOTBALL: Confident Rasen seal vital win over Boston

Market Rasen Town 4 – 2 Boston Town Reserves

Rasen entertained bottom of the table Boston Town Reserves in a must win fixture for both teams.

With players returning from unavailability, manager Ian Williams was able to call upon a virtually full strength squad which saw Christie, Bassam, Lowman and Adam Brumpton all brought back in to the starting line up.

From the start Rasen looked to control the tempo of play. But on a rare attack by the visitors, a mixture of dazzling sunlight and poor marking allowed the Boston winger to ghost in at the far post to slot home from close range to give his team an undeserved lead.

Despite going a goal behind Rasen continued to dominate play with Lowman and Captain Joe Osbourne commanding the midfield ably supported by Guy Smith in the holding role.

And, following good work down the right hand side by Mettam, the ball fell to Brumpton on the edge of the box, who delighted the home crowd by powering home into the bottom corner.

On the few occasions that Boston did enter the Rasen half the pairing of Drew Norburn and Ed Bruntlett dealt with any danger in confident fashion.

Further chances fell, but a combination of poor finishing and good goalkeeping denied Rasen the lead.

Late in the first half Rasen did create one last chance when a long range strike from Lowman was spilled by the keeper and Bennett was on hand to make up for his earlier misses to poke the ball over the line.

In the second half Rasen knew that they could not afford to continue wasting the opportunities supplied to them, but this was not to be the case in the early stages of the half when yet again poor finishing was the main culprit for failing to extend the lead.

Worse was to come when following a goal mouth scramble Conrad Louth was on hand to smash the ball into the back of the net to bring Boston level once more.

A couple of tactical substitutions saw Andy Brumpton, Steve Adcock and Kyle Paul introduced and this seemed to increase confidence within the team, as all three players were eager to be involved at every opportunity.

A spritely Paul advanced down the left wing and jinked his was past a couple of defenders and showed plenty of composure to give Rasen their third goal of the game.

Late in the game the impressive Adam Brumpton scored another fine goal to seal the victory and a well deserved three points, which now moves Rasen up a place in the table.

Next Saturday sees Rasen host Lincoln United Reserves at Rase Park, 2pm kick off.