Market Rasen drop standards for Skegness defeat

Market Rasen skipper Scott Lowman challenges James Critchlow
Market Rasen skipper Scott Lowman challenges James Critchlow

Market Rasen Town 1

Skegness Town 4

AFTER a couple of weeks inactivity Market Rasen’s footballers were looking to avenge their opening day defeat to Skegness Town, who visited a pristine looking Rase Park in the latest Lincolnshire League round of fixtures.

Rasen welcomed new signings Ryan Calvert and Tyrone O Donovan from Sleaford Town along with utility man James Bennett, who has returned from his spell with Northern Counties East League Lincoln Moorlands.

Rasen caretaker manager Ian Williams was also able to call on the returning Scott Lowman and Jason Hall after spells out with injury.

Missing were defenders Aaron Greenbeck, Ryan Penniston and the influential Joe Osbourne, with Greenbeck looking at a lengthy spell on the sidelines after his recent leg break.

Calvert, who had been a target for Rasen through the summer, slotted in alongside Jake Wade at centre half with O Donovan at right back in an untried defensive line.

In an untidy start to proceedings Dale Christie in the home goal was definitely the busier of the two keepers and Rasen were thankful to him on more than one occasion.

James Bennett, asked to play in an unfamiliar role alongside the talented Kyle Paul in attack, found things difficult against Skegness veteran and former Grimsby Town and Boston United defender Joby Gowshall.

In attack the visitors looked to the pace of the lively Dan Reid. Indeed Reid opened the scoring on the half hour when defensive hesitation allowed him a clear run to round Christie and calmly stroke the ball home for a deserved opener.

Rasen’s recent inactivity certainly had a bearing on some shoddy play throughout the opening period and it was no real surprise when Reid increased the visitor’s advantage just before the break.

Early in the second half Rasen tried to bring some life into their play with the introduction of Jason Hall, who was quickly into his stride with a couple of characteristic surges from the left flank.

In fact Rasen enjoyed their best period during the first part of the second half, with the home side forcing a number of corners which allowed the tall Rasen to apply pressure on the visitors’ goal.

It was slightly demoralising for Rasen when the visitors effectively ended the contest when Troy Lonslow scored to make it 0-3, somewhat against the run of play.

A terrific Jason Hall strike from the edge of the box brought some hope for Rasen with 10 minutes remaining, the winger finishing neatly after good play from Kyle Paul and Scott Lowman.

Dale Christie who had been faultless in the Rasen goal then misjudged a long ball from the Skegness defence and whilst attempting to clear his lines was robbed by Lonslow on the right edge of his area, which resulted in the striker slotting the ball home for the fourth goal.

Rasen were never at the races in this game with too many players dropping below the standards of the previous victory over Hykeham

This Saturday Rasen travel to Heckington for a fixture in the Challenge Cup, kick off 3pm.