FOOTBALL: HorncastleTown seal points against Market Rasen rivals

Kyle Paul for Market Rasen (left) battles for the ball with Scott Loman of Horncastle in the local derby at Rase Park. EMN-140921-214223001
Kyle Paul for Market Rasen (left) battles for the ball with Scott Loman of Horncastle in the local derby at Rase Park. EMN-140921-214223001

Horncastle Town’s first team travelled to Market Rasen on Saturday and returned with all the points after a 2-0 victory.

With only Andy Shinn missing from the squad through injury, manager Paul Johnson was able to take a very strong looking 14 players to Rase Park.

The deadlock was broken with only a minute on the clock. After clever work from Steve Lovett and Carl Smith in the corner the ball was delivered into the box and after hesitation from the home keeper, Tony Edwards chipped the ball into the unguarded net.

The ‘keeper did make up for his error on 20 minutes when Scott Lowman’s powerful drive was brilliantly tipped over.

On the half hour it was once again Lowman whose strike this time took a deflection off the defender and looked destined for the top corner, only for the ‘keeper to make another great save to tip the ball round the post.

The second half started with Town enjoying the lion’s share of possession once more, but without finding the second goal to put the game out of reach the visitors knew that Market Rasen could catch them out on the break.

This was the case with 20 minutes remaining when the Rasen winger was played through, but for a superb save with his feet from Town ‘keeper Lewis Burchnall the game would have been all square.

With 10 minutes to go Town did get the elusive second goal. A cross from the right by Lowman found Carl Smith at the back post and he neatly poked the ball home from a tight angle.

Town made three changes to see the game out with Danny Bent, Nathan Rawdon and James Melia replacing Callum Low, Michael Harness and Carl Smith. The Town defence saw the game out to record their third clean sheet of the season to ensure all three points came back to the Wong.

Line up: Burchnall, Low (Rawdon), C.Johnson, Brown, Lovett, Smith (Melia), Jackson, O.Johnson, Lowman, Edwards, Harness (Bent).