Hykeham Town 4
Market Rasen Town FC 1
Rasen travelled to Hykeham on Saturday in the hope that recent improved performances would see them come away with the points.
Having seen his squad decimated by injury and unavailability, manager Ian Williams was forced to make numerous changes to the starting line-up and was forced into starting the game himself alongside Scott Lowman up front.
On a solid a bumpy pitch neither side were ever going to be able to play fluent football, but from the offset Rasen started the brighter of the two teams and looked to take advantage of the high defensive line which their hosts employed.
Unfortunately, despite creating some half chances, the home teams ‘keeper remained largely untroubled. With Dom Revill returning to the back four alongside Drew Norburn, Ryan Penniston and Ed Bruntlett were both required to perform in the unfamiliar role of full backs with Matt Rutherford being pushed forward to right wing.
Rasen’s best chance fell mid-way through the first half, but a thundering left foot volley from Revill was tipped superbly round the post by the Hykeham keeper and from the resulting corner Rasen were caught napping.
With players caught out of position Rasen were forced to concede a corner late in the half. From the resulting kick it seemed to all players and supporters that ‘keeper Christie was being held back and unable to deal with the danger, which gave Hykeham the opportunity to scramble the ball into the back of the net.
The second half started in similar fashion to the first with neither team able to take full control, but following an error on the right flank, the Hykeham winger whipped in a cross which was stabbed home to give Hykeham a comfortable two goal lead and saw a few Rasen heads drop.
But with skipper Joe Obsourne leading the way there did seem to be a glimmer of hope that Rasen could force their way back into the game. Marginal offside decisions went against both Bassam and Lowman denying Rasen the chance to close the gap.
With 20 minutes remaining another corner from the left side found Revill on the edge of the box and this time he made no mistake and blasted the ball high into the net.
But in all too familiar fashion Rasen would capitulate and throw the game away. But it must be said that the third and fourth goals scored by Hykeham were world class finishes with a volley and drive from the edge of the box compounding Rasen to yet another defeat.
Tonight, Wednesday, Rasen travel to Grimsby Borough Reserves and Boston Town Reserves on Saturday.