FOOTBALL: Market Rasen outclassed in Horncastle second half blitz

Ian Williams on the run for Market Rasen against Horncastle Town EMN-140311-124008001
Ian Williams on the run for Market Rasen against Horncastle Town EMN-140311-124008001

High-flying Horncastle Town served up a sizzling second half performance to overcome Market Rasen at The Wong on Saturday.

Goals from leading scorer Michael Harness (2), Mickey Stones and Nathan Rawdon earned Town a 4-0 win.

The victory moved Town to within two points of leaders Skegness Town in the battle for top spot in the Sills and Betteridge League.

Market Rasen had won their last three fixtures so came into the clash with plenty of confidence.

Horncastle started the brighter with Ollie Johnson and Richard Jackson prominent in midfield and from a Johnson free-kick, Scott Lowman saw his far post header clawed away by the ‘keeper.

Harness fired just wide of the far post and Rasen’s busy ‘keeper pulled off fine stops to deny Harness and Stones. At the other end, Lewis Burchnall did well to keep out a stinging volley.

Horcnastle stepped up their efforts in the second half - and the rewards came.

Harness broke the deadlock with a side-foot finish after Ollie Johnson, Edwards and Stones were involved in the build-up.

Stones was causing all kinds of problems for Rasen’s defenders and it was no surprise when the ex-Boston Town hit man doubled Town’s advantage with a header.

It was all Town with Jackson and Ollie Johnson pulling the strings in the middle of the park to set up chances.

Harnesss put Town 3-0 up with another close range finish after more good work from Stones.

As Horncastle rang the changes late on, Rawdon came off the bench to wrap things up with a rasping low drive which went in off the post.

There was still time for Harness to plant a header over the bar.

The result leaves Rasen in 10th in the Sill and Betteridge Premier Division, a point ahead of 1tth but with two games in hand and well ahead of Louth Town Reserves at the foot of the table.

This Saturday Market Rasen welcome Spalding Town to Rase Park.