Market Rasen Town’s up and down season continued last week with two results which summed up the season so far for the Rase Park outfit.
Last Wednesday the side travelled to Lincoln United’s Ashby Avenue, where they produced possibly their best display this season coming away with all three points in a compelling 0-3 victory.
However the following Saturday, league leaders Skegness United brought Rasen back down to earth with a crushing 6-1 defeat.
Lincoln United Res 0-3 Market Rasen Town
Lincoln United’s floodlights shone brightly on a crisp night perfect for football last Wednesday evening where a decent Rasen following witnessed a sparkling display from the away side.
Rasen gave keeper Chris Lamming a debut in goal in advance of Dale Christie’s upcoming suspension.
James Bennett was asked to lead the line along with the experienced Adam Brumpton, hoping to provide more of an aggressive presence in the Rasen front line. This meant Kyle Paul moved to the left flank.
Playing his last game for the season was Jake Wade at centre half who leaves this week for a six month sabbatical on the ski slopes. Also included on the bench was new signing Aaron Mettam, a promising young striker.
On numerous occasions in the first half a combination of Ed Bruntlett’s long throws and Matt Rutherford’s probing dead balls placed the home defence under severe pressure and Rasen were unlucky to go into half time without finding a way past the home keeper.
Wade and Penniston had dealt with any Lincoln forays ably assisted by the excellent Chris Bassam at left back.
Skipper Osbourne and Scott Lowman had dominated the midfield, combining their strong combative style with first class distribution to the flanks and the front men.
Lamming in the Rasen goal, although relatively untroubled, had looked solid when pressured.
Rasen got their reward early in the second period when a fine Kyle Paul strike from 20–yards left the home keeper with no chance. Paul had looked particularly lively and his positive play resulted in giving Rasen a deserved lead.
Ten minutes later James Bennett cut in from the left side of the area to drive an unstoppable shot low to the home ‘keeper’s right for a 0-2 lead.
Scott Lowman rounded off a superb team performance when he broke free with five minutes remaining on the clock to draw the Lincoln keeper and slot the ball calmly into the net.
Market Rasen Town 1-6 Skegness United
Rasen went into Saturday’s home fixture with the league leaders Skegness United in positive mood after the midweek win.
Manager Ian Williams was forced into a number of changes and skipper Joe Osbourne was asked to revert to an unfamiliar role at the heart of the Rasen defence, allowing Guy Smith and Drew Marshall back into the starting line up.
Rasen were guilty of sloppy defending on two occasions and soon found themselves two goals down after 20 minutes on the clock.
While it could be said that this was the story of Rasen’s season, what was pleasing was that for most of the half Rasen enjoyed plenty of the play along with the creation of numerous chances to reduce arrears.
Therefore it was no surprise when after such pressure on the visitors goal Guy Smith pounced on a poor Skegness clearance to fire home for some hope for Rasen just before the break.
From the 60th minute though Rasen spontaneously combusted, not helped by inspirational full backs Bruntlett and Bassham limping off with injuries,
Rasen resorted to a loss of shape and the dreaded ball watching from lack of concentration. It would be fair to say that every time Skegness surged forward they looked likely to score, which they did a further four occasions.
Manager Williams remained upbeat after a topsy turvey week.
Her said: “Today has been difficult to take after such a brilliant performance on Wednesday.
“Consistency is something we have lacked for a long time, no more so than today against a very good Skegness side.
“We need to replace Jake Wade quickly and I hope to address that in time for a big game at Horncastle this Wednesday.
“We have to remember the good times more than the bad and the performance at Lincoln was exactly what we are capable of. Everybody did what we asked of them and at times we played some great football”.
Tonight, Wednesday, Rasen make the trip across the wolds to The Wong, home of Horncastle Town, for a 7.45pm kick off followed by another tricky home game on Saturday against Gainsborough Town, kick off 2pm.