Rasen again fall foul of early scores

Adam Beasley on the run for Market Rasen
Adam Beasley on the run for Market Rasen

Rasen were outplayed by a Matlock side hungry for league points and a place in the next round of the NLD cup in this double header fixture.

Once again Rasen succumbed to an early score as Matlock sucked in the home defence to create an overlap for lightning winger Henry Packard to dot down under the posts in the fourth minute.

An easy conversion for stand-off Chris Young was the start of an exemplary kicking display, which would punish Rasen time and again.

Rasen replied quickly with a penalty from fly-half Meehal Grint, but Young’s metronomic boot cancelled this out before Rasen fluffed the restart with a kick failing to travel the requisite ten metres.

Matlock opted to play on to take advantage of the error with their progress only checked when Rasen conceded another penalty.

Young slotted the kick with consummate ease as the Derbyshire side continued to accumulate points at every opportunity.

Matlock then gave a stark lesson in the virtue of quick ball to rapidly switch the point of attack to move the ball wide to the dangerous Packard. The young winger still had a lot to do, but despite his chip being deflected he re-gathered the ball to sprint over the line wide out.

Although the conversion was on the wrong side of the field for the left footed Young, he continued his rich vein of form to land the kick.

Another Grint penalty chipped at the Matlock lead before the predatory Packard scored again. Young notched another successful conversion.

Rasen pushed hard and won a five metre scrum. A solid set piece enabled Leigh Dearden to pick up from number eight and drive for the line. Initially stifled, prop Chris Starling peeled off and just managed to reach the line.

Encouraged by early second half progress, Rasen attacked and a determined run by skipper Dave Starling burst through the Matlock defence to crash over under the posts leaving Grint with a simple conversion.

Sadly this didn’t herald the prelude to a gallant comeback.

A late try from Ollie Cole could not stop Matlock taking the points.