Market Rasen Town 3
Crowland Town 1
RASEN breezed into the quarter finals of the Lincs Junior Cup on Saturday with a workman-like performance against visitors Crowland Town.
With Rase Park providing the perfect setting for football, manager Andy Brumpton again tinkered with his starting line up.
Andy Belt came into the midfield, Drew Norburn made a welcome return to the centre of defence and veteran Dale Christie replaced Will Bradford between the sticks.
Rasen got off to a flying start when Andy Belt repaid his manager’s faith and fired home after ten minutes.
Aaron Greenbeck, who was asked to perform in an unfamiliar right back role, was unfortunate to bring down his marker in the penalty area from a rare Crowland attack, Thomas brought the visitors level from the resulting spot kick.
Rasen made an immediate reply when once again the visitors cleared the ball to Ian Williams, who threaded the ball to strike partner Nathan Smith, who turned and finished expertly from the edge of the box.
This was Smith’s 12th goal of the season and his goals and pace are proving valuable to Rasen’s quests this season.
Aaron Greenbeck’s long throws were causing the visitors trouble and after a couple of near misses centre back Dave Hone attacked the dangerous throw and saw his neat header fly in to the corner of the Crowland net for his first goal for the club.
The second half saw Rasen continue to dominate with only one moment of concern coming when Dale Christie tried to dribble the ball from the edge of the area, but the visiting forward failed to capitalise.
Nathan Smith had opportunities to increase the lead with a couple of half chances and Ian Williams was unlucky not to score after a bit of ball juggling in the opposition six–yard box.
The final whistle confirmed Rasen’s passage into the quarter finals where they go into the draw with the likes of Hykeham Town, Horncastle Town and favourites Skegness United.
Next Saturday though Rasen are back to league action when Ruston Sports come to Rase Park for a 2pm Kick off.