Rasen pay for a bad first half

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Market Rasen Town 3 Nettleham 6

AFTER witnessing his Market Rasen team’s excellent showing last Tuesday at Boston United, Rasen manager Andy Brumpton would have been full of hope for the visit of neighbours Nettleham to Rase Park on Saturday.

On Tuesday night Rasen not only provided a constant threat in attack, but also looked a solid unit against a strong Boston outfit who were made to work hard for their 2-1 victory. James Bennett grabbed Rasen’s goal on Tuesday from a Rutherford free kick.

For Saturday’s local derby, Rasen welcomed back Scott Lowman to the starting line-up with Brumpton able to choose from a strong looking squad of 19 players.

Nettleham arrived on the back of an impressive start to their league campaign and included former Grimsby Town and Lincoln City midfielder Adam Buckley who was watched by his father and former Grimsby manager Alan on a perfect day for football at Rase Park.

The first half provided the worst display from a Rasen side this year and enabled the visitors to race into a 3-0 lead after half an hour of play.

Nettleham strikers Beesley and Munro were too lively for Rasen, capitalising on constant service from the flanks.

After the third goal Rasen did pull what could have been considered, even at that stage of the game, a consolation goal when Ian Williams volleyed home a Jason Hall cross.

This was closely followed by a fourth goal for the visitors to effectively kill all hopes of a Rasen revival.

Rasen manager Brumpton made changes at half time and wasted no time in giving striker Adam Brumpton his first run out of the season early in the second half.

Rasen began to create more chances and Nathan Smith’s pace opened an opportunity for him to fire superbly past the Nettles keeper from a tight angle.

Unfortunately, Nettleham restored their three goal advantage when their centre half rose unmarked to head home a corner.

To confirm a miserable afternoon for Rasen, Andy Belt brought down Munro who converted the resulting penalty to make the score 2-6.

Rasen tried to bring some credit from the game and further pressure saw Belt draw a rash challenge from a Nettleham defender in the closing moments and Brumpton brought the score to 3-6.

Rasen have the chance to make amends for this disappointing showing when their run of home games in November continues with Grimsby Boro the visitors to Rase Park for a 2pm kick off.