Rasen edged out by rivals Horncastle

Kyle Paul for Market Rasen (left) battles for the ball with Scott Loman of Horncastle in the local derby at Rase Park. EMN-140922-084236001
Kyle Paul for Market Rasen (left) battles for the ball with Scott Loman of Horncastle in the local derby at Rase Park. EMN-140922-084236001

Market Rasen FC welcomed Wolds rivals Horncastle Town to a pitch perfect Rase Park for the Sils & Betteridge Premier Division clash.

In a close fought contest, Horncastle narrowly edged the game with a goal in either half, but Rasen had their chances too, testing Town’s goalkeeper Lewis Burchnall, who was in fine form.

Rasn got off to the worst possible start, conceding with only a minute on the clock.

After clever work from Horncastle’s Steve Lovett and Carl Smith in the corner the ball was delivered into the box and after hesitation from Rasen’s defence, striker Tony Edwards chipped the ball into the unguarded net.

In truth, Horncastle had the better of the first half possession and chances, and Rasen’s back four and ‘keeper had to be on top of their game to keep the score at just the one goal going into the half-time break.

The second half started with Horncastle again enjoying the lion’s share of possession once more, but without finding the second goal to put the game out of reach the visitors knew that Market Rasen could catch them out on the break.

This was the case with 20 minutes remaining when the Rasen were clean through, only to be frustrated once again by a superb save with his feet from Town’s ‘keeper Lewis Burchnall.

With 10 minutes to go Horncastle did get the elusive second goal.

A cross from the right by Lowman found Carl Smith at the back post and he neatly poked the ball home from a tight angle.

The win puts Horncastle Town second in the league at this early stage of the season and sees Market Rasen drop to one from bottom on goal difference, but with a game in hand over Sleaford Town Reserves above and Louth Town Reserves below.

And it’s to Sleaford Town Reserves that Rasen travel this Saturday, September 27.

Sleaford have not got a 
win to their name in the opening five games and Rasen will be looking to take full points.