Market Rasen 3rd XV 48
Lincoln 3rd XV 5
WHILE the 1st XV took respite from league action Market Rasen and Louth 3rd team played host to local rivals Lincoln in a gripping and intense game.
The match showcased the power and physicality of a dominant red and green pack alongside the silky skills of a back-line led by skipper Richard Robinson.
Early exchanges in the set piece depicted the pattern of play for the afternoon with the front row of Howard, Anyan and Wootton dominating proceedings, supported by wily old warriors Burgess and Janney and a back-row including no.8 Jon Storry, whose bludgeoning runs from the base of the scrum proved a constant and uncontrollable threat to the visiting side.
Following early pressure from the home side Robinson entered the line at pace and broke through lacklustre Lincoln defence to cross the whitewash for an unconverted score.
Further points were added soon afterwards when the forwards strung together several phases of play before releasing Storry to score his first points of the afternoon, duly converted by Craig.
Lincoln responded to these early setbacks with brief advances into the home side’s half, but dogged defence from the backs, and in particular the red and green exocet James Bemrose at fly-half, quashed the threat.
Scrum-half Andy Daubney was next on the score sheet as he continued the Rasen rout, kindly sliding in between the uprights to ensure the extra’s were added with ease by Craig.
With the majority of possession continuing with home time the red and greens were able to play an expansive game with all players from front row to fullback getting involved in a barbarian style running game plan. Rasen were able to contrast the bulldozing breaks of the heavyweights Wootton, and Howard with scintillating pace and subtle ball skills of Grant, Jordan and Graham to unleash a continual barrage upon a weakening and shell-shocked visiting opposition.
Craig broke through for the fourth Rasen try slotting the conversion to make it 26-0 with 30 minutes played.
Not to be outdone by the back division Chris Janney displayed his great athleticism by jinking through the narrowest of gaps to register the home side’s next points, much to the delight of the vocal and extensive home support.
Lincoln then responded with their first and only points when a lapse in concentration in the otherwise impenetrable red and green defensive wall allowed the visitors to score an unconverted try wide of the posts.
This only proved to reignite the fire in the home team with Robinson leading by example and scoring the final points of the half by taking advantage of a well worked overlap to skirt around the Imps winger and score an additional converted try.
The second half enabled Rasen to utilise their replacements with Seward, Green and Whalley entering the fray, but despite continuing to dominate play the try scoring momentum of the first half was lost, returning only briefly towards the end of the encounter with a well deserved hat–trick for Robinson, combined with an equally deserved second score for Storry, the former of which was converted.
At a final score of 48-5 in Rasen’s favour this was a well earned victory for the red and greens in a local derby fixture which should boost the confidence of the squad and provided great enjoyment for those witnessing the spectacle of an expansive running game.