Young footballers celebrate season success

Market Rasen U9s
Market Rasen U9s

Market Rasen’s Under 9 football team ended their season with a run of three wins to secure their position as league champions

Rasen have netted an amazing 100 goals in 14 matches and only conceded 12.

The boys have shown great tenacity throughout the season with 13 wins and 1 loss.

Rasen lost their only match of the season away at Rustons going down 2-1.

It was a close hard fought match and with Finlay Drakes scoring Rasen’s goal, a second half goal and penalty to Rustons secured their win.

Rasen were then at home for the next two matches, Boston and Ruskington.

In the pouring rain and cold conditions, Rasen beat Boston 1-0.

All the first half action was in Boston’s half and goal area, which, with the rain, soon turned into a mud bath. Despite this, Rasen scored a first half goal.

The conditions didn’t improve in the 2nd half and with two teams of soaking wet and cold kids the final whistle blew to secure a Rasen win.

Rasen’s next match against Ruskington saw better conditions, with Alex Aistrop getting them off the mark and goals from Finlay Drakes and Charlie Ross gave them a score line of 3-1 at half time.

Further goals - from Finlay Drakes, Christopher Allen and with Konrad Ramsey’s first goal of the season - gave Rasen a 7-1 win.

Rasen’s final match of the season was away at Metheringham and a draw or win would see them finish top of the league.

The kids started nervously and conceded the first goal, however their heads didn’t drop and Finlay Drakes soon bought it back level.

A further goal from Charlie Ross put Rasen in front and with Metheringham scoring late in the first half saw the half finish 2-2.

Rasen came out strong in the second half and worked extremely hard against a much improved Metheringham team. Midway through the second half, Christopher Allen struck the ball sweetly into the back of Metheringham’s net.

Rasen had numerous shots on goal - from Andrew Marriott, Alex Aistrop and Alex Smith - but were deceived by either the woodwork or Metheringham’s goalie who had an outstanding game.

Rasen’s defence of Josh Nichols and Philip Rands-Bett stayed strong clearing their lines and George Dimmock in goal made some crucial saves.

Christopher’s goal gave the boys a huge boost and Finlay Drakes added another in the dying minutes to make the final score 4-2.

‘We have a great bunch of kids and they are a credit to work with, they listen and take on board what they are shown and play together as a team,” said manager Karen Aistrop.

“This is only our second season together and to gain promotion is a fantastic achievement.

“As mum to Alex, who plays in the team, I can imagine how the parents of the kids feel; they must be so proud.

“I personally want to thank the parents, as without their commitment and dedication we wouldn’t have achieved this.

“I would also like to thank our sponsors, Perkins George Mawer and Grimsby Audi.”

Kevin Bett assistant coach added: “I am so proud of each and every player.

“There are some really gifted and talented players in the team and I look forward to working with them again next season.

“We only have a small squad, with a regular nine players, and will be looking at recruiting players for the next season.”