Rasen booked their place in the Lincolnshire Cup Final with a 33 – 12 victory against a patchwork Scunthorpe side comprised of a mixture of youth, experience and veteran status. The red and greens began the game at such a high tempo that Scunthorpe were unable to live with them as they built up a twenty one point lead in the opening twelve minutes with tries from Nick Harvey, Paul Gutteridge and Ben Chamberlin, all of which were converted by Dan Robinson. After this brilliant opening salvo, Scunthorpe slowly got their hands on the ball as Rasen dropped off their game and made innumerable unforced errors. Gutteridge steadied the ship with another try, but Scunthorpe replied with a try of their own as Rasen stood off tackles before half time arrived with Rasen 26 – 5 ahead.
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At half time Scunthorpe made a number of substitutions, sacrificing the youth for more experienced players. This had the desired effect for the home side as they dominated the early stages of the second half to score a converted try in the fifteenth minute. Rasen couldn’t lift their game to the opening levels and were still making errors at an alarming rate. After Spencer Holvey came close on a couple of occasions, Rasen conjured up the decisive score to take them out of sight with a try through Josh White wide out, converted by Robinson with eleven minutes to go. Scunthorpe pressed for a consolation score, but Rasen held out to keep the scoreline intact at 33 – 12.
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Lincoln now await in the final on Monday 1st May at Grimsby with a 3.00 pm kick off. The watching Lincoln entourage will no doubt have been encouraged by Rasen’s lacklustre performance, but the players know that this was a below par performance notwithstanding the opening period, which was top drawer. It is now up to the players to play at Midlands 1 intensity in the final and not let themselves drop to a Midlands 3 level in order to secure the trophy.