Market Rasen Town 0-3 Gainsborough Town
The latest round of Lincolnshire League fixtures brought league newcomers Gainsborough Town to Rase Park last Saturday.
After the heavy rain during the week the pitch at Rase Park was remarkably still in a fantastic condition. Gainsborough had enjoyed an excellent start to the season with positive results at many of the top sides, meaning they have spent most of the season in the top five of the league.
Rasen were forced into changes again as influential players Scott Lowman, Chris Bassham, Drew Marshall and Jason Hall were all missing. This meant a start for the energetic Aaron Mettam and a return to the fold of the experienced Drew Norburn, who partnered Ryan Penniston at the heart of the defence. In goal Chris Lamming replaced the suspended Dale Christie.
Early exchanges indicated that both teams were posturing for a more physical battle and James Bennett, leading the Rasen front line, found himself in a tough duel with his marker, Bennett’s frustrations earning him an early caution from the referee.
As the visitors settled into the game they enjoyed most of possession and took a deserved lead halfway through the first period. Josh Nicol gambled off the shoulder of the Rasen back line and despite pressure from Penniston somehow forced the ball through the attempted challenge and keeper Lamming.
Rasen skipper Joe Osbourne rallied his troops and although they matched their opponents on most fronts they were unable to force any real trouble for the visiting keeper.
Rasen did have the ball in the net but found the referee correctly blowing for an infringement on the keeper.
Going into the break Rasen were still hopeful of getting back into the game and would look to the guile of Kyle Paul and the predatory instincts of Adam Brumpton to reduce the one goal advantage.
The tussle between James Bennett and his marker blew up ten minutes into the second half when the referee showed a red card to the Gainsborough defender after an over zealous challenge on Bennett.
This should have passed the advantage to the home side but instead brought more of a stubbornness to Gainsborough’s defending, and Rasen toiled in the final third.
Kyle Paul was guilty of sloppiness with 20 minutes remaining, his loose control forced him into fouling an opponent 25 yards out from the Rasen goal. The resulting free kick from Ashley Page was as good an execution of a free kick seen at Rase Park in recent years. His left foot curler gave Lamming no chance.
The usually impeccable Osbourne will be disappointed when with ten minutes remaining his attempted pass back on the edge of the box fell to Bognar who made no mistake from ten yards out.
Whilst the final scoreline somewhat flattered the visitors, Rasen never worked the visiting keeper.
After the game Rasen’s James Bennett said: “We battled well and thought that we were more than capable of getting a result. For some reason after the sending off we looked complacent.”
Rasen must bounce back this coming Saturday when Boston Town Reserves visit Rase Park for a 2pm kick off.