Scunthorpe 5ths 7
Market Rasen & Louth 3rds 36
Market Rasen 3rd team travelled to local rivals Scunthorpe for what is traditionally a tough fixture.
However, the Scunthorpe side is starting to show its age and this Rasen side has a number of younger, faster legs combined with some experience, which proved the difference.
Market Rasen started the game well and confidently passed the ball about testing the Scunthorpe defence. Scunthorpe were rather slow getting into their stride and Rasen took full advantage. After seven minutes the Scunthorpe defence finally gave way and Stu West glided through to score in the left hand corner and he then proceeded to convert his effort to give Rasen a seven point lead.
Eight minutes later Scunthorpe kicked the ball towards Rasen full back Rory Day, who called for a ‘mark’ even though he was outside his 22. The resulting confusion from this dummy meant the Scunthorpe defence was breached again and Harry Wallis scored in the right hand corner.
A couple of minutes later the referee played advantage from a Scunthorpe penalty offence, and Stu West used this licence to drop a goal.
After 25 minutes of the game, following a good solid Rasen scrum and a fine three-quarter movement, Ricky Robinson used his pace to score, which Stu West converted to leave Rasen with a very comfortable 22-0 lead.
Just before half time strong running from Scunthorpe reduced the lead with a converted try to make it 22-7 at the break.
Scunthorpe played much better in the second half and it became a much more even contest with the play going from end to end and both sides having chances to score, but equally both sides defending well.
Market Rasen needed a further try to gain the four try bonus point but were continually thwarted. With just 10 minutes left Ricky Robinson finally eased Rasen’s worries by speeding over into the left hand corner for a try converted by Stu West.
With just a few minutes left came a moment of sheer class. Rasen won a scrum about 30-yards from the Scunthorpe line and the ball was fed from scrum half Andy Neesham to Stu West. Full back Rory Day timed his run to perfection as he came inside Stu West to take an inside pass and gallop under the posts without a Scunthorpe player getting near him. Stu West converted to leave the final score 36-7.
The six points gained towards the Lincolnshire Merit league means Rasen 3rds may well now be top of the table.
Team: Green, Cook, Kearton, Hayes, Stephenson, Chambers, Day (Rob), Fisher, Palmer, Waters, Neesham, West, Robinson, Dickinson, Wallis, Redmond, Day(Rory).