Market Rasen Town 2-0 Swineshead Institute
Following a string of recent defeats, Market Rasen Town collected all three points from a tricky home fixture with Swineshead Institute on Saturday.
The visitors came to Rase Park with an impressive run of form and, as with most fixtures in the Lincolnshire league, would provide a stern test for a Rasen team low on confidence from a recent trouncing at league leaders Cleethorpes Town.
Rasen management had once again been busy during the week adding the former Spalding Utd defender Dave Hone to the squad, along with Boston Utd utility player Scott Lowman. Both players made their home debuts in a changed line up, which saw Dale Christie continue in goal, James Bennett reverting to right back, Jake Wade to left back and Kyle Paul to a wide left midfield role.
Opening exchanges were even, but early on it was clear that Rasen’s back line were looking more solid, with skipper Aaron Greenbeck looking dominant with new partner Hone at central defence.
Rasen continually pressed, with Rutherford and Bennett creating frequent openings which deserved more of an end result.
A Hone clearance dropped behind a static Swineshead defence for Ian Williams to collect and calmly round the keeper before side footing the deserved opener for the home side on the quarter hour mark.
This settled the home side down and signalled a prolonged spell of possession and pressure, with Scott Lowman and Joe Osbourne taking control and showing their qualities in central midfield.
Great work by Jake wade and Kyle Paul on the left nearly brought a second goal and Joe Osbourne will be disappointed to flash a header the wrong side of the post from Paul’s cross.
Live wire Nathan Smith was enjoying a square Swineshead rear line, and his pace and the quality of pass created countless opportunities for Smith to add to his tally of 6 goals for the season.
His 7th goal of the season came when a Hone clearance again found Williams who squared to Smith to outpace the defence and fire Rasen two goals to the good.
Ian Williams should have done better when his shot on the turn fired over the bar from 12 yards out.
Rasen again dominated the second period which found Scott Lowman on two occasions breaking from midfield and create havoc with his powerful running. Both chances being thwarted by last ditch challenges and good goalkeeping.
As the half progressed, manager Brumpton made various changes but this did not nullify the constant Rasen pressure which just lacked the killer finish.
Skipper Aaron Greenbeck commented after the game: “It was an impressive professional performance from the lads, although Swineshead didn’t show too much attacking threat; it was a job well done.”
As the game drew to a close the referee cautioned Osbourne, Lowman and Wade for over zealous challenges but showed Rasen’s increased commitment that manager Brumpton had called for pre-match.
A solid team performance was capped with Rasen’s first clean sheet since the opening game of the season, allowing Rasen to go into next Saturday’s County Cup fixture at home to Metheringham (kick off 1.30pm) with increased confidence.