Louth Town Reserves 2 -3 Market Rasen Town
A fine all round team performance on November 23 brought a welcome three points for Andy Brumpton’s charges in the floodlit visit to Park Ave, Louth.
With Nathan Smith replacing the unavailable Adam Brumpton. Rasen persisted with the 4-3-3 formation and Smith’s pace immediately began to cause the home side problems right from the kick off. But it was his strike partner Kyle Paul who crossed from the left for the on-rushing Scott Lowman to glance a fine header past the Louth keeper for a deserved opening goal.
A long ball over the Rasen backline forced Rasen keeper Will Bradford from his goal and he was forced to bring down the home striker to concede a penalty from which the home side drew level.
With the midfield three of skipper Rutherford, Osbourne and Lowman working tirelessly, the trio combined to feed the impressive James Bennett down the right. Bennett’s forceful run and subsequent cross forced confusion between the defence and keeper and found Kyle Paul at the far post who controlled the ball before calmly firing home for Rasen’s second goal.
Unfortunately, the home side again levelled the scores before half time, but sprits were high during the interval.
A Lowman corner 15 minutes after the break was flicked on by Dave Hone at the near post and fell to James Bennett, who hooked the ball through the congested six yard box into the back of the net.
The Rasen defence of Bennett, Norburn, Hone and Wade dealt with sporadic home attacks with relative ease and provided probably the best defensive performance of the season, especially in the second half.
Smith and Paul both had half chances but could not increase Rasen’s lead, but after a disappointing couple of results collected the valuable three points.
Market Rasen Town 1-2 Skegness Town
Skegness Town once again provided the opposition for Rasen in the League Supplementary Cup on Saturday and unfortunately, for the third time this season, the visitors proved too stubborn in defence for Rasen to progress in this particular competition.
Exchanges were even throughout the game, but indifferent refereeing meant that cautions were many, when really it was not that sort of game.
Skegness opened the scoring only for Rasen to reply, when Smith was first to a William’s flick on to round the keeper to equalize.
Sloppy defending allowed the visitors their second goal. Kyle Paul will feel he could have done better when well placed to cross on two occasions and Rasen really did not create too much danger for the Skegness keeper.
James Bennett took a nasty knock, which enabled Rasen Manager Andy Brumpton to give valuable game time to Andy Belt and Belt did manage to cross from the left after nifty wing play, but his cross evaded any on-rushing team mates.
Dave Hone was dismissed by the referee with 10 minutes remaining to the dismay of the large Rasen faithful.
Rasen have the chance to redeem themselves next Saturday in the last 16 of the County Cup, when Peterborough League, Crowland Town visit Rase Park for a 1.30pm kick off and it is hoped Rasen fans will come out in force to support the home side’s push for a quarter final place.