Lincoln Claytons 1-3 Market Rasen Town
OFF the back of last week’s deserved home win, Market Rasen Town travelled to Lincoln Claytons for a tricky Lincs Junior cup tie against the Lincoln League high fliers.
With Andy Belt and Nathan Smith joining Adam Brumpton on the injury list, Andy Brumpton was once again forced to make changes.
Will Bradford returned between the sticks, Guy Smith made another start at right back and Jake Wade took his customary position at left back, pushing Kyle Paul into a wide left midfield role joining a five man midfield.
Jason Hall took no time in placing the home defence on the back foot with a couple of early forays into the attacking third of the pitch.
The first enabled Guy Smith to find Matt Rutherford with a pinpoint cross which went the wrong side of the upright.
The second allowed Kyle Paul to compose himself at the far post to square to Williams, whose shot forced the keeper to parry the ball to the on–rushing Matt Rutherford for a well deserved lead.
The home side rallied and equalised when capitalising on defensive uncertainty in the Rasen rearguard.
This was a minor blip as Rasen controlled the remaining play in the first period, restricting the home side to shots from distance that rarely troubled keeper Bradford.
Rasen started to dominate the second half from the kick off and that man Hall, who had switched intermittently with Kyle Paul on the flanks, put in a near perfect cross for Paul to power a header home on the hour mark.
Drew Norburn and Aaron Greenbeck were looking solid at the back and home attacks were few and far between.
Ian Williams looked certain to score with the keeper to beat midway through the half after being fed by Osbourne, but somehow pushed the ball wide of the post.
Rasen finished the job in hand with ten minutes remaining when James Bennett ran through the middle of the Claytons defence to stroke the ball past the keeper for his second goal of the season.
This rounded off a good all round display on a difficult surface in what was potentially a difficult tie prior to kick off.
With games coming thick and fast in the coming weeks Rasen will be looking to start a unbeaten run. This starts on Tuesday when they travel to Lincoln Moorlands for a 7.45pm kick off. Next Saturday they return to Rase Park where they welcome Heckington Utd for a 3pm start.