Grimsby 2nds 5-19 Market Rasen 3rds
A somewhat disrupted Market Rasen 3rd team made the trip to local rivals. Unfortunately, a large number of players were unavailable and there were some last minute call offs.
The result was that at kick off Rasen only had 13 players and had to borrow two from Grimsby to make up the numbers.
Under excellent conditions for playing rugby the disorganised Rasen team lined up to face a team who had spent half an hour going through a warm up routine and a neutral observer would have expected Rasen to struggle.
The quality of this Rasen side soon showed itself however, as although Grimsby saw most of the ball in the first few minutes they were well contained and Rasen settled down into playing some good rugby.
After 10 minutes play Rasen won a lineout in the Grimsby half of the field and following a short drive the ball was well released for Andy Neesham to show everyone a clean pair of heels as he sprinted in for the opening try.
10 minutes later Rasen were desperately defending their line as Grimsby mounted their first meaningful attack of the game and a score looked imminent. However, Rasen managed to pinch the ball and Paul File put in a long relieving kick, which was well chased by his fellow players.
Grimsby were penalised and an alert Paul File took a quick “tap and go” to score a try he converted to give Rasen a 12-0 lead.
After 35 minutes play Rob Dwyer put in a strong run, the ball was recycled and the move continued by Dave “Rocket” Mawer, who expertly fed Andy Neesham to score under the posts. Paul File converted to leave Rasen comfortably in front.
On the stroke of half time some weak tackling allowed Grimsby to score a try up the left wing.
This was a very pleasing first half by the Rasen “rabble” with much good, intelligent rugby, which Grimsby had no answer to.
The second half was a much more scrappy affair with neither side making much constructive progress. There were some isolated breaks by players on both sides but none of them lead to scores and there was no further scoring. Unfortunately a bonus point was lost as Rasen only scored three tries in this Lincolnshire Merit League game.
Team; Pyttlik T, Green E, Inman W, Miller J, Pyttlik A, Mawer D, Neesham A, File P, Day R, Wallis H, Dickinson T, Redmond M, Robinson R, Dwyer R.