RUGBY: Six wins in a row for rampant Rasen and Louth


Market Rasen and Louth made it six wins in a row with a remarkable 19-17 home victory over Towcestrians on Saturday.

For the second year running Towcestrians contrived to lose the game after being in a dominant position.

The visitors made the early running as a quick tap penalty caught Rasen on the hop and centre Ben Roe made no mistake to open the scoring in the second minute.

The red and greens struck back when Jake Goodison’s long range drop goal attempt ricocheted into the path of Nick Harvey who sped 40 metres to reach the line untouched.

Full back Matt Sutton added the conversion but Towcestrians redoubled their efforts and centre Adam Beasley won the foot race to make the touchdown.

Towcestrians kept Rasen pinned deep in their own half and fleet footed fullback Matt Yuill off loaded to David Stocks to romp over the line before Roe added the conversion.

The red and greens began the second half with purpose but from another turnover Towcestrians attacked from their own 22 and a long run from centre Alan Goodman was ably supported by Chrissie George who outpaced the chasing Rasen defenders to score.

Rasen’s forwards pushed the opposition ever closer to their line before prop Chris Starling made the crucial touchdown to bring the teams level. Sutton remained ice cool to slot the tricky conversion from wide out to nose Rasen ahead with eight minutes remaining.

Within two minutes Rasen conceded a penalty but Roe sent the kick wide and with the last play Rasen found themselves putting into a scrum on the edge of the opposition 22.

To add insult to injury Towcestrians were penalised and Goodison thumped the ball out of play to end the game and give Rasen a remarkable victory.

In the end Rasen rode their luck, but made the most of the limited opportunities with some excellent finishing to earn a fantastic sixth successive win.