Out of the cup but side refused to give in



After a promising start and a strong first half, Market Rasen Under-12s were knocked out of the Mark Keyworth Cup by Louth Old Boys Blacks with a first-round defeat at The Pavilion, Louth on Sunday.

Applying the early pressure and showing plenty of drive, the visitors pushed forward.

In the first 20 minutes Rasen played some good passing football and set up three shooting opportunities, but to no avail.

Louth took the lead close to the half time whistle when the Rasen keeper Phil Rands-Bett found himself in a one-on-one situation with the home centre forward, who neatly put the ball away. The first half ended 1-0, after an evenly-matched opening period.

The hosts came out more determined in the second half and within the first five minutes they had extended their lead to 3-0.

This unnerved Market Rasen but they managed to regain their composure and began to push forward again.

Following a strong through ball from the Rasen defence, Josh Trushell found himself clean through only to be flagged offside.

Louth increased their advantage, grabbing two goals in quick succession to make it 5-0.

It could have been even worse for Rasen but for a valuable double save by Rands-Bett.

Although well beaten, Rasen continued to show admirable determination and still pushed forward whenever they could.

They were unlucky not to get on the scoresheet, with Trushell seeing his shot saved, Luke Bennett having two attempts on goal in the dying moments and Freddy Espin hitting the post.