Rasen heartbreak at last gasp score

Tom Alldridge makes his way forward for Market Rasen
Tom Alldridge makes his way forward for Market Rasen

With a break in the league programme,Rasen took on Scunthorpe at an eerily quiet and freezing cold Heslam Park.

Scunthorpe began strongly with some vigorous driving play that pushed Rasen deep into their own twenty two to precipitate the curse of the early score.

With five minutes gone rotund scrumhalf Will Harrison pounced on a loose ball to slip through the visiting defence to open the scoring.

Continued Rasen pressure soon forced Scunthorpe to concede a penalty to give fullback Meehal Grint a shot at goal. The kick was unsuccessful, but Rasen retained their field position and after a frenetic passage of play, which saw four players (two from each side) laying prostrate on the turf, centre Adam Beasley eased his way over the line to bring Rasen level.

With Grint recovering from his midfield clash, scrumhalf Matt Sutton took over the kicking duties to land a superb touchline conversion giving Rasen the lead, which reflected the change in the balance of power.

Rasen now had the upper hand now. Quick off the top ball from a lineout was crashed up the middle by Beasley to set up an attacking platform. The forwards recycled the ball and took play to the opposite side of the pitch where industrious open side flanker Ben Chamberlin powered his way over the line. Sutton repeated the dose with another excellent conversion from wide out to give Rasen a 14 – 5 lead at the interval.

The red and greens continued where they had left off in the first half as Sutton’s sure boot extended the lead with a penalty in the third minute.

The red and greens continued their dominance and remained encamped in the Scunthorpe half.

But as the game went on a combination of penalties and smart play pushed Rasen back until finally flyhalf Ben Wright crossed the whitewash.

A conversion from centre Matt Ellis put Scunthorpe within one score of the visitors with 13 minutes remaining.

Then a quick tap from Scunthorpe moved the ball to Ellis whose decisive solo try under the posts and conversion snatched victory from Rasen.