FOOTBALL: Market Rasen seal first cup win against Louth Reserves

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Market Rasen posted their first points of their Supplementary Cup campaign with a tidy win at Louth Town’s second string

Ian Williams and Paul Nicholson struck for the visitors as they netted their Group A points.

Louth made a promising start with Chris Ella forcing Will Bradford into a save from distance. Minutes later Lance James latched onto Adam Coddington’s through ball and thought he’d opened the scoring only to see the flag up for offside.

Trev Taylor came close for Market Rasen when he ran onto Joe Osborne’s through pass and fired inches wide from the edge of the box. At the other end Armstrong curled a free kick narrowly over the crossbar.

As the game continued to ebb and flow Market Rasen’s Ian Williams connected with a Paul Nicholson cross and his header was well blocked off the line by Bradley Coulam. Soon afterwards Williams was presented with another good chance and that time he did score.

Williams ran onto Guy Smith’s ball over the top and chipped the onrushing Robbie Aldrich to give Market Rasen the lead. Moments after the restart Smith intercepted a clearance by Aldrich and almost found the net from long range.

In the second half there was very little to speak of apart from a near miss by Market Rasen’s Jake Wade and the second goal. It came midway through the half when substitute Jason Hoar raced clear of the defence and unselfishly squared to Nicholson leaving him with a simple finish.

Town kept going until the final whistle in search of a consolation goal. However, Market Rasen kept it tight towards the end and managed to hang on for the victory.

The result leaves Louth Reserves still looking for their first point after two games.

This Saturday Market Rasen travel to face Cleethorpes AKP at their Linden Homes ground in the league and will be looking for revenge after they were defeated by the same team earlier this month.