Market Rasen Town 2- 5 Lincoln United Reserves
The visit of Lincoln United’s second string to Rase Park gave Market Rasen’s footballers their first opportunity of a double following on from their fine away victory at United’s Ashby Avenue last month.
This, also off the back of another victory last Saturday against Boston Town, should have provided a solid platform for a positive result in front of their loyal following on a cold day on the banks of the fast flowing river Rase.
Ryan Penniston made his return at centre half and Kyle Paul returned to the front line to partner James Bennett. In goal, 16-year-old Lincoln College keeper Anthony Beals made his debut as the youngster answered a late call as both keepers on the Rasen books were unavailable.
On a difficult pitch that was a mixture of frozen and heavy areas, early exchanges were even but scrappy with young Beals being called upon to clear his lines on a couple of occasions, which he did confidently.
Halfway through the first half the lively United forward line capitalised on Pennison hesitancy, enabling Lloyd Freeman to score with a clear run on goal, giving Beals no chance.
Kyle Paul came more into the game and his pace and power caused some headaches to the Lincoln rearguard. On more than one occasion his nifty footwork down the left flank saw him cross dangerously, which should have brought some success from his onrushing colleagues.
Matt Rutherford also provided his customary quality from dead ball situations and although Rasen looked dangerous with constant pressure on the Lincoln goal, they were all too often unable to work the visiting goalkeeper.
Scott Lowman fired over the crossbar from the edge of the box from another Rasen foray.
Just before the break the visitors increased the lead from a free kick near the right corner flag, Freeman was able to rise virtually unchallenged to head powerfully home.
In a bid to provide extra manpower up front Rasen introduced Aaron Mettam to the attack, who replaced the unlucky Guy Smith.
However. as Rasen huffed and puffed against the wall of a Lincoln defence, marshalled by the excellent Mcdaid, the visitors again comprehensively punished a Rasen defensive mistake. The usually immaculate Drew Norburn misjudged the left wing centre to allow Atkinson to fire home from close range.
Things got even worse when the lively Atkinson grabbed his second and Lincoln’s fourth when he capitalised on ball watching from a through ball, to again slip the ball passed Beals and into the net.
Rasen still pressed and the ever reliable Adam Brumpton got a consolation goal when he found space on the left of the penalty area to crash home.
In the dying moments as Rasen pressed forward, Atkinson was able again to run free from his markers to complete his fine hat trick. Rasen responded with a powerful Drew Norburn header to make the final score 5-2 to the visitors.
“We weren’t at the races today and didn’t do things very well at either end of the pitch,” said manager Ian Williams after the game.
“I thought the keeper did brilliantly and did more than we asked of him. The scoreline didn’t do his performance justice. We have a big local derby next week and we need to put on a decent show in what is a very winnable game for us.”
The local derby sees Horncastle Town visit Rase Park this Saturday for a 2pm kick off.