Horncastle Town 4
Market Rasen Town 0
RASEN shipped four goals on Horncastle’s Wong on Saturday – and this following a recent five-nil midweek thrashing at the hands of the same opponents.
Both sides exited the County Cup at the semi-final stage, and these recent results had the Town contingent thinking of what might have been, had the two clubs made it through just one more tie.
This game was notable for its hat-trick by striker Will Carter, the big frontman reaching his potential and showing just what he can do at this level.
On the positive side Rasen managed to keep all 11 players on the pitch this time and enjoyed large periods of possession which suggested that the scoreline flattered the visitors somewhat.
Horncastle did provide Rasen with a lesson on finishing with Will Bradford in the Rasen goal given no chance with the opening two goals in the first half.
Matt Rutherford crashed a curled shot off the upright as Rasen rallied early in the second half and this, along with a blatant penalty appeal, in which Nathan Smith was felled when attempting to fire home, could have brought Rasen back into the game.
Pushing forward in an attempt to get something from the game, Rasen left large gaps in defence and Horncastle capitalised.
Goal number three came on the hour when Wilson scored.
He beat his marker, appeared to have gone too wide then turned a left-foot shot into the net; 3-0.
It was settled when Carter was felled to win a penalty. He was on a hat-trick, so he duly obliged with a well-taken spot kick for 4-0.
With a difficult game away next Saturday at Nettleham as well as a winnable fixture away at Humbertherm on Bank Holiday Monday (both 3pm kick off) Rasen will need to convert possession into goals to enable the season to finish positively.