Semi-finals joy for Market Rasen

Washingborough 0

Market Rasen Town 3

Market Rasen Town were forced to travel to Washingborough for their cup semi final fixture due to a waterlogged pitch at Rase Park.

However the resceduling proved to be worth it as Rasen came away 3-0 winners.

New signing Paul Nicholson was starting his first game for the club and replaced Ian Williams in what is now appearing to be a strong settled squad for the men in yellow.

Market Rasen were hoping that the large Washingborough pitch would suit the brand of football which has been instilled into them by the management team, but it was the home team who dictated proceedings from the first whistle.

Rasen were finding possession hard to obtain and were constantly under pressure throughout the first 45 minutes due to poor marking and attempting to play too much football in and around their own box.

Despite all the pressure it was Matt Rutherford who had the first real chance of the match, but his thunderous effort was blocked by the keeper. Further half chances fell to both teams before the break.

Starting the second half, Rasen seemed to settle into their stride and controlled the tempo of the game and following a mistake by the home team defence, Nicholson pounced to round the keeper and slide the ball into an empty net from a tight angle.

In the hope of extending their lead Rasen continued to pressurise the Washingborough goal, but no clear openings could be created.

On 70 minutes a long delay due to an injury sustained to a Washingborough player gave both teams the chance to regroup.

Following a mistimed challenge on the edge of the box by Aaran Greenbeek, Washingborough had the chance to draw level, and with the keeper beaten Rasen were thankful that the ball bounced back into play off the cross bar.

Going into the final five minutes of the game the result was not yet certain, but a sublime freekick from Jason Hall nestled into the net to give Rasen a two goal cushion.

In the final moments of the game Jason Hall added to the tally by converting a penalty after Adam Brumpton had been brought down in the box.

Market Rasen are back in league action this coming weekend away at Horncastle Town.

When the two clubs met earlier in the season it was Rasen who narrowly won a hard fought victory with a late winner.

This is the first of several winable games coming up for Town, which could even at this stage define their final league position.

Town have a full squad to choose from, welcoming back Ian Williams, Jake Wade, Jason Short, Josh Colgan and Danny Stewart, a recent new signing who could make his first start for the club.