FOOTBALL: Surprising week of results for Market Rasen Town

Market Rasen's Guy Smith stretches to block McCauley Parker's shot EMN-150103-170954001
Market Rasen's Guy Smith stretches to block McCauley Parker's shot EMN-150103-170954001

It’s been a mixed week for Market Rasen Town FC, a shock mid-week defeat at Louth Town Reserves followed by a surprise draw.

Skegness Town went top of the Sills and Betteridge Lincolnshire League, but were held to a 1-1 draw by Market Rasen Town at Rase Park on Saturday.

The seasiders will have no doubt have expected the full three points from struggling Rasen, particularly when Liam Papworth gave them the lead midway through the first half .

He met McCauley Parker’s corner at the near post and glanced his header beyond the reach of home keeper William Bradford. Michael Hardy almost double the lead five minutes later when he rounded Bradford, but Kyle Paul got back to clear off the line.

But, Rasen drew level five minutes before half-time through Ian Williams and stayed solid at the back to take a point away from the match.

Rasen would have expected to take full points from their mid-week trip to winless, rock bottom side Louth Town Reserves, but instead headed home defeated 3-0 and with two red cards.

Louth made the perfect start with a goal inside two minutes.

At half time Louth were unlucky to only be 1-0 ahead after an outstanding 45 minutes.

At the other end Ian Williams had a one-on-one brilliantly saved by Robbie Aldrich.

The second goal came after Rawlings whipped in a corner from the left and Tom Stephens connected with a header that was well saved by Bendoro. The ball was then cleared as far as Rawlings and he crossed for Danny Marshall to head in at the far post.

Just six minutes later Louth put the result beyond doubt with a third goal. On that occasion Deane tried his luck from 20-yards and found the bottom right corner.

Things then went from bad to worse for Market Rasen as Williams was dismissed for lashing out at Bradley Coulam before substitute Ian Smith was shown a second yellow.