Frustrating away day defeat for Rasen Town

Heckington United 4

Market Rasen Town 0

Rasen travelled to Heckington in the return game of the previous Saturday’s fixture and looked to avenge the 3-1 reverse inflicted by the home side.

Unfortunately, it was a familiar story of plenty of possession, lack of concentration and no points.

Rasen, playing the more direct route in a bid to relieve the pressure on the back line, were disappointed to restrict the home side to only two meaningful attacks that occurred towards the end of the half which unfortunately brought the home side two goals against the run of play.

Until that time, Rasen had kept the home side’s open attacking style at bay with the five man midfield breaking up the home side’s possession with ease.

The ball over the top found the Rasen back line wanting and were punished accordingly.

Rasen threatened regularly with Osbourne and Smith working to carve out openings in Heckington’s rearguard.

Again, lapses in concentration brought two further goals for the home side and left the Rasen management scratching their heads and frustrated.

This Saturday, October 29, Swineshead Institute come to Rase Park for a game Rasen need to win. Kick off 3pm.

Lincoln United Res 2

Market Rasen Town 1

Rasen travelled to Lincoln United’s Ashby Avenue last Tuesday night hoping to inflict their first Lincolnshire League double over the hosts.

Three weeks ago Rasen strolled to an easy 3-1 home victory and were looking for a similar return under the floodlights.

Rasen Manager Andy Brumpton would have been disappointed with Rasen’s sloppy start, as the home side took advantage of Rasen’s lacklustre start to the game.

Will Bradford was forced into action producing a couple of smart saves in opening exchanges. But the inevitable goal came and was quickly followed by a second on the half hour, with Rasen rarely threatening the home goal at all in the first 30 minutes of the half and went into the break 2 goals down.

A few stern words at half time brought a much better second half from Rasen, with the midfield trio of Bennett, Rutherford and Osbourne stamping their authority on the game and pushing Rasen forward to threaten the home defence for prolonged periods.

Jason Hall and Kyle Paul worked openings down the left flank and, after one of Hall’s forays, James Bennett fired home on the angle to reduce the deficit to one goal.

A fantastic Will Bradford save from a rare home attack kept Rasen in the hunt for points.

Nathan Smith, recently back from injury, was a constant thorn in the side of the home defence and his tireless work rate was another positive from an improved all round second half performance.

In truth, Rasen were much the better side and, as with previous weeks, were disappointed not to get something out of the game at the final whistle.

As with the recent fixture at Lincoln Moorlands, Rasen are dealing admirably with the challenge of the senior non league side in the county who use the midweek fixtures to give game time to some of their first teamers.