Ashby 1st XV 3 Market Rasen & Louth 1st XV 32
IN THIS top versus bottom clash the red and greens put in a lacklustre performance with little cohesion between forwards and backs, but still securing the win.
Within 30 seconds of the kick off Rasen conceded their first penalty and were relieved when the home kicker failed to take advantage.
Another penalty soon followed, but Ashby opted for the scrum and Rasen cleared the danger before putting together a superb series of drives that was the team at its best.
Having built the platform, Ashby conceded the penalty and Matt Neesham stroked over the kick to give Rasen the lead.
A further penalty from Matt Neesham four minutes later extended the lead, but with a bit more awareness the kick ought to have been a conversion attempt as the ball had been taken back into contact instead of exploiting a clear overlap.
Ashby were undeterred by these early setbacks and soon had Rasen pinned in their own half, but couldn’t take advantage of their territorial superiority.
The home side’s attacks lacked the cutting edge necessary to penetrate the red and green defence, although some of the first up tackling was conspicuous by its absence on more than one occasion.
Rasen were limited to a few sporadic breakouts and in one such instance prop Chris Starling, more accustomed to digging away in the dark recesses of the forward encounters, broke clear to show his brother Dave that he is equally adept in open play when given the opportunity.
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