It was an all too familiar scenario when Rasen travelled to Horncastle Town on Saturday in the Lincolnshire league.
A first half performance that was full of energy and drive only went to waste after a mistake riddled second half allowed the home side to avenge their early season defeat at Rase Park.
Rasen had the better of the first half with the midfield trio of skipper Osbourne, James Bennett and Guy Smith making most of the space on the boggy pitch to set up chances for Jason Hall and Scott Lowman in the forward line. Bennett too brought a decent block from the Horncastle ‘keeper midway through the first half.
Full backs Rutherford and Kyle Paul also supplied decent distribution into the channels for Lowman and Hall in particular to turn the home defence.
It was against the run of play when the dangerous Tony Edwards wriggled passed Drew Norburn just inside the Rasen area and tumbled over Norburn’s outstretched leg. The referee awarded the home side the penalty kick with Rasen remonstrating that Norburn had clearly played the ball. Horncastle skipper Johnson slammed home the kick. Any chances of a Rasen reply were made all the more difficult when a ten minute spell of pressure from the home side brought a further two goals and effectively ended the contest.
A speculative high ball into the Rasen area should have been dealt with, but confusion between ‘keeper Christie and James Bennett saw the ball drop to the feet of Steve Brown to slot home from two yards out.
Dale Christie then brought down the tricky Edwards in the Rasen area with Johnson again making no mistake from the spot kick.
Sam Johnson finished the scoring as Rasen heads dropped further. To make matter worse Rasen were guilty of getting too many cautions due lack of discipline.
This week Rasen face another tough challenge when they travel to Gainsborough Town. Kick off 2pm.
This is followed by home games over the Easter weekend with Humbertherm and Boston United coming to Rase Park for Saturday and Monday fixtures. Both games have a 3pm kick off.