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THE FIREWORKS came courtesy of Natham Smith at Rase Park on Saturday for the visit of Lincoln League side Metheringham in the Lincs Junior Cup.
For the second weekend running Smith tore the visiting defence apart from the first whistle, opened the scoring with a fine overhead kick and set the second goal up for strike partner Ian Williams, as his pace continually opened up the Metheringham defence.
Smith would be first to acknowledge some excellent service from Rasen teammates, who look to have settled into a good pattern of play in recent weeks.
With a hectic schedule over the next couple of weeks, manager Andy Brumpton used the full squad available to him with James Brothwell and Jason Hall added to the starting line up.
Both players linked well down the right hand flank in the opening exchanges, with Hall’s pace and Brothwell’s stylish distribution not giving the visiting defence a moments rest.
From one of Hall’s crosses Nathan Smith produced a brilliant overhead kick for his seventh goal of the season, that brought the sizable Rase Park faithful to their feet with 20 minutes on the clock.
As with the previous week, centre half and new signing Dave Hone continued to spread calm among the Rasen back four with all members looking solid again, cleaning up any forays from the Metheringham attackers.
Ian Williams pounced for his seventh goal of the season with a tidy finish after another pacy run from Smith putting Rasen 2-0 up on the half hour mark.
Rasen lost the influential Joe Osbourne before half time when he injured his back after a typically robust challenge from the Rasen man. He was replaced by James Bennett who joined the all action Scott Lowman in central midfield.
Kal Mattu replaced Williams at half time, but Rasen continued to dominate proceedings with chances falling to Scott Lowman and Hall to no avail early in the second half.
Matt Rutherford was enjoying a faultless performance in an unfamiliar role on the left and it was he who combined well with Jake Wade for Rasen’s third goal.
Rutherford fed that man Smith deep on the left wing. Smith held the ball up for Jake Wade to provide a telling cross, attacked at the near post by Mattu, whose flick on was dispatched neatly by the on rushing James Bennett at the far post.
With Rasen safely through to the next round manager Brumpton will again be delighted with a second clean sheet in as many weeks from his men.
Tuesday night saw a tricky fixture at Boston Utd and a local derby at Rase Park is on the cards this Saturday, November 12, against a strong Nettleham side, where it is hoped a sizable crowd will assist in pushing the Rasen boys further up the Lincs League.