Horncastle Town 5 -0 Market Rasen Town - Wednesday March 21
After the heroics of last week’s performance against Boston United, Rasen travelled across the wolds for a local derby with Horncastle full of optimism.
However, lack of discipline, with Joe Osbourne uncharacteristically kicking out at an opponent, meant Rasen always had a mountain to climb against a talented Horcastle outfit.
Osbournes early dismissal and an early Horncastle strike knocked the stuffing out of Rasen, who had on occasions troubled the home side defence with Nathan Smith especially causing trouble with his pace.
Things could have been different if Ian Williams had got on the end of a terrific Smith cross just after half time, which would have equalled the scores with most of the second period still to play.
Horncastle more than drove home their extra man advantage as Rasen conceded four second half goals, with Horncastle’s substitute Will Carter grabbing a brace of strikes within the final five minutes to end a miserable night for Rasen.
Hykeham Town 5-0 Market Rasen Town - Saturday March 24
The week got even worse for Rasen as they shipped another five goals on their travels, this time away at Hykeham Town.
Ravaged by unavailability, injury and suspensions there were no less than six first team regulars missing, along with a string of starters carrying injuries,
Manager Andy Brumpton resorted to including himself for a rare start in a five man midfield.
He would not have been impressed as Rasen leaked early goals form a strong running Hykeham forward line, when they allowed Hykeham too much time to supply telling crosses for hungry strikers to tot up a healthy first half lead.
Along with a lack of personnel Rasen were not assisted by an awful playing surface and any hopes of getting the ball down on the floor were thwarted by the bobbley pitch.
In total another five goal haul was conceded and manager Brumpton will use all his experience to ensure that Rasen’s return to the Lincolnshire League this season does not fizzle out to a negative end.
Rasen have the opportunity to gain some revenge when Horncastle come to Rase park for the return fixture next Saturday for a 3pm kick off.