Ruston Sports 7-1 Market Rasen Town
Market Rasen “just didn’t turn up” to face Ruston Sports away at the weekend and manager Ian Williams will be looking from a big improvement.
Bad luck and the league’s top goal scorer Gavin Mackie, who was looking to add to his tally of 17 for the season, saw Rasen on the wrong end of a 7-1 scoreline.
Rasen on the other hand were without the experienced Danny Hargreaves and Dom Reville, but did welcome back Ed Bruntlett to the heart of the Rasen defence. In goal, Rasen were forced to rely on youth again with Anthony Beales replacing the unavailable Dale Christie.
Ruston’s started at a ferocious pace and Rasen’s lack of activity in previous weeks was clear for all to see. From the kick off Rasen struggled to cope with the attacking flair of the home side. After only 10 minutes Mackie increased his season goal tally finishing neatly from a cross from the left wing.
This did spark Rasen into action and for 20 minutes they pressed and forced a number corners.
But, in a similar move to Ruston’s first goal, Butcher scored the first of his goals. Ruston effectively ended the game in the final attack of the opening half when Butcher headed home his second.
Rasen showed some fight in the early part of the second half with Kyle Paul easing James Bennett’s work load joining him in attack.
A fine point blank save from Beales summed up Rasen’s luck when the keeper parried straight into the path of the on rushing Mackie to slam home from close range.
Kyle Paul showed what he is capable of when he squirmed an opening for himself, evading his markers to curl a fabulous shot into the top corner from the edge of the home penalty area.
Almost immediately Ruston capitalised on a rare Drew Norburn error for Mackie to complete his hat trick.
Disappointingly Rasen’s heads dropped further and goals from substitute Wilkinson and Melton completed Rasen’s misery.
Rasen travel to second in the table Cleethorpes Town this Saturday, kick off 2pm.
Rasen manager Iann Williams said: “We have got to keep going as we will be soon into a run of games that we should be picking points up in, not to mention a cup quarter final in the first week of March.
“We just didn’t turn up today and it will be an interesting week to see who is up for the Cleethorpes trip next week. We had a great spell over Christmas so I know we are capable of performing much better.”