Rasen targeting hat-trick of wins after Spalding success
THE Red & Greens welcome Peterborough to Willingham Road this weekend targeting three league wins in a row.
The visitors sit one place below Rasen in the Midlands 1 East table following their victory over Newark.
While the hosts go into the clash on the back of a convincing 35-13 triumph at Spalding last time out.
Rasen raced into a 17-3 in the first quarter of that encounter.
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Good early work by left-winger Peter Everton took them close to the Spalding line before play switched to the opposite side of the pitch. Right-winger Chris Green scampered in at the corner to open the scoring.
Rasen kept up the pressure and were awarded a penalty three minutes later when Spalding lock Mark Haighton earned a yellow card for playing a man without the ball.
The penalty was safely dispatched to touch and the pack prepared for a catch and drive.
The routine worked perfectly with number eight Ben Chamberlin driven over the line to increase the lead and fly-half Meehal Grint converting it.
Spalding fly-half Dave Hankinson reduced the deficit, slotting a penalty to open his side's account.
However, the visitors made a swift riposte as the Rasen eight destroyed a Spalding scrum and earned a turnover put in. The ball was taken on the blind side and Karl Ward ghosted up from full-back to cross the line.
Hankinson pulled back another penalty for the hosts after Grint illegally halted a drive to the line and trudged off the field for ten minutes.
The fly-half missed two further penalty opportunities before Rasen were reduced to 13 men when skipper Dave Starling received a yellow card as the half drew to a close.
Spalding began the second half strongly and finally created an overlap for winger Harry Harrison to score wide out.
Hankinson then banished his kicking demons with a superbly struck conversion.
But the same man then incurred the referee's wrath, receiving a yellow card and giving Grint a simple penalty to extend the lead.
The Rasen fly-half landed another penalty to widen the gap.
Lock Will Thornes pounced on a loose ball and powered his way to the line to put the result beyond doubt with four minutes remaining.
Grint added the conversion, but Rasen were not done yet. In the dying seconds, a Spalding line-out was overthrown and Dave Starling hacked it on before showing his football skills to control the ball before diving on it and silencing the home fans.