Swineshead Institute 3 Market Rasen Town 2
AFTER their fair share of highlights, Market Rasen’s footballers finished 2011 on a slightly disappointing note, throwing away a two goal lead away at struggling Swineshead Institute on Saturday.
James Brothwell returned to the starting line up replacing the suspended Dave Hone in the back four and Kyle Paul was pushed forward to partner leading scorer Nathan Smith in attack.
The strike duo got Rasen off to the perfect start when both finished clinically after what can be described as a couple of great team goals as Rasen easily had the better of the first half on the heavy sticky pitch.
Scott Lowman released Smith down the right channel, who squared to Kyle Paul for the opener. Paul repaid the unselfish work with a mirror image move for Smith, with Jake Wade providing the left channel ball for Paul to cross.
James Bennett even had a chance to make the half time refreshments even sweeter, but saw his effort saved easily by the home keeper.
In truth Rasen settled on their first half efforts and let the home side dictate the second period and make advantage of the strong wind that had served Rasen well earlier in the game.
Within the hour the home side had equalised and were in total control of affairs when they scored the winner. Indeed it was a goal of real quality when Stukins gave Christie no chance in the Rasen goal with a 20–yard screamer.
The old football cliche of a game of two halves could not have been more applicable to this encounter.
Looking back on 2011, Market Rasen Town can reflect on a progressive year after promotion from the Lincoln League and returning to the Lincolnshire League after a 15–year absence.
With improvements to the pitch and grandstand over the summer, Rase Park is once again a picture on match days.
On occasions certain players have lacked the belief to play at the new level, but can hold their heads up high with excellent performances away at Boston United, Sleaford Town and Louth Town and performances have become more consistent over the latter stages of the year.
2012 brings a quarter final tie in the Lincs Junior Cup when Moulton Harrox of the Peterborough League come to Rase Park for a 1.30pm kick off.
It is hoped that Rasen’s large following is further swelled in numbers for this fixture on Saturday, January 7.
The club would like to thank Parallel Flooring Accessories and Oil Tank Replacement + Services for their kind sponsorship over the last year and to wish a Merry Christmas to all supporters