After having a goal disallowed for offside within the first minute Market Rasen Under 12s took control of their away fixture at Sleaford on a dreary Saturday.
Not to be deterred, Josh Trushell further lifted the team spirit by scoring two goals within the first 10 minutes of play.
Controlling the ball from well outside the box, the speedy forward slammed in a half-volley which hit the crossbar before crossing the line.
Trushell’s second goal was just as spectacular as his first, firing a shot from the right into the top left corner of the Sleaford goal.
Rasen continued to press for more goals, but were caught on the counter-attack and found themselves pegged back to 2-2 after 25 minutes.
However, their spirit remained undimmed and the Rasen under 12s were rewarded when Luke Bennett found the back of the net for his first Rasen goal.
Taking a touch from a neat cross from the left, Bennett hit the ball with precision to give the visitors a 3-2 advantage at the interval.
They preserved their lead well into the second half as both sides battled in difficult wet conditions.
Sleaford found an equaliser, but Rasen showed more grit and restored their lead once again with another Bennett goal.
Keeping control in the goalmouth amid a sea of bodies, Bennett fired a shot into the bottom corner to make it 4-3.
The home side were dogged and equalised for a third time, prompting Rasen to go looking for the winner.
But as the game swing end-to-end, Sleaford took their final chance of the game to snatch a dramatic late win, 5-4.
Rasen returned home with a feeling of frustration having led three times, but can take heart from their determined display.