RUGBY: Rasen and Louth edge thriller to seal fifth win on the spin

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Market Rasen & Louth 1st XV 25 continued their excellent form with a 25-20 win over the league’s bottom side Loughborough on Saturday.

Rasen recorded their fifth successive win on a cold, crisp afternoon but were strangely subdued against a Loughborough side with just one win to their name.

Rasen were kept pinned in their own half until Waters opened the scoring for the hosts with a penalty but fullback Matt Sutton opened his account with a sweetly struck penalty to bring the sides level.

Sutton edged Rasen ahead in the game with a penalty before minutes later he went one better and cut open the home defence to score the first try of the game, as well as the resulting conversion.

Waters added another penalty before the interval and at-half time it was still anyone’s game.

Loughborough were rewarded for their endeavour as centre James Brind scored a try close to the posts but Waters’ conversion sailed wide.

The same man then gave Loughborough a one point lead before the red and green pack shifted into overdrive and had the home forwards backpedalling to concede a penalty.

With the ensuing lineout won on the Loughborough 22 the forwards peeled off to unleash stampeding prop Ollie Cole who was unstoppable. Sutton’s metronomic boot landed the conversion and Rasen were back in the lead.

But Loughborough forced Rasen to concede two quick penalties, with Waters gratefully accepting both to bring his side level once again.

Rasen upped the ante again and eventually the home side cracked and from a penalty the tried and trusted catch and drive scenario resulted in flanker Leigh Dearden going over for the decisive score.

The hosts pressed forward in search of a late twist in the game but Rasen held their nerve to secure another win with an enigmatic performance in a thrilling game.

Next week it’s back to home action as Towcestrians pop up to Market Rasen for a 2.15pm kick off, with six league games remaining.