Rasen sit mid-table after a much-needed victory

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Market Rasen Town 3-1 Lincoln United Reserves

AN ACCOMPLISHED all round performance from Market Rasen brought a much needed three points from their latest Lincolnshire League fixture at Rase Park on Saturday.

The Lincoln United second string rarely worried the home defence, which welcomed back James Brothwell and Drew Norburn into the starting line up and Dale Christie continuing between the posts for his second start of the campaign.

Rasen started brightly in the sunshine and enjoyed long periods of possession on a perfect surface for football.

Manager Andy Brumpton was forced to make an early change when leading goalscorer Nathan Smith was forced off with an injury after 15 minutes. This brought the workmanlike Jason Hall into the fray with Andy Belt moving up front to partner veteran Ian Williams.

The changes did not seem to stop a regular flow of Rasen attacks with the deadlock being broken after 20 minutes when the strong running James Bennett lobbed the United keeper from a full 30 yards.

From a Rutherford corner, Drew Norburn powered in a header to make it 2-0 on the half hour mark.

Jason Hall and Andy Belt effectively ended the contest before the break when the duo combined when Hall ran purposely at his full back to square to Belt who turned neatly in the penalty area to fire home the third goal from ten yards out.

Manager Brumpton would have been particularly pleased with a clean sheet at the interval, with Norburn and Brothwell’s calming influence assisting the dominant Aaron Greenback and the ever improving Kyle Paul at the back.

Guy Smith and Kal Mattu were introduced in the second period providing fresh legs on an energy sapping afternoon.

The second half brought a consolation goal for the visitors when Shipley headed home from close range. James Bennett will feel he should have added to his goal tally when he fired over as the game drew to a close.

It was a much deserved win for Rasen as they sit in a creditable mid–table position with seven games played. With the return from injury of striker Adam Brumpton and possible new signings on the horizon Andy Brumpton will be looking for his men to climb the league over the next few weeks.

Next week Rasen travel to Lincoln Claytons for a cup clash at Lee Road Kick Off 2.30pm.