Bourne Town fought and battled for a result on Boxing Day but struggled against a big physical Harrowby side in the UCL Division One match.
The game was effectively decided in the first 10 minutes when former Stamford AFC striker Martin Wormall netted twice.
After that Bourne started to compete in the heavy conditions and both sides had good possession and chances for the rest of the half.
Wakes boss Darren Munton told the home side to keep plugging away during his half-time team talk, but a mistake compounded by bad luck cost them a third goal not long after the restart.
A silly back pass got stuck in the mud and Wormall was on hand again to complete his hat-trick.
Bourne didn’t give up and Harrowby could have been guilty of thinking the game was over and relaxing too much.
Alex Robinson picked up on a defensive error and slid the ball into the bottom corner.
Then as the game went into stoppage time Bourne won a freekick on the edge of the box.
Ben Easson stepped up and slammed it into the roof of the net to make it 3-2.
It was then a race against referee’s clock and Bourne did chase an equaliser. However they ran out of time and chances and the game ended on a sour note when a Harrowby player was sent off.
A heavy challenge sparked a bit of a brawl and after a bit of pushing and shoving between the players, the Harrowby player was shown a red card.
Bourne Town secretary Bob Lambert watched the game.
He said: “The lads battled back to 3-2 but they were just more physical than us. We tried to play football but the heavy conditions didn’t help.
“The lads have got to learn they have to be switched on from the word go, we can’t be like Man United are at the minute and keep conceding goals and then having to chase the game all the time.”
Bourne’s game against Olney on Saturday was postponed because of the weather and tomorrow’s contest at home to Rushden and Higham may also be off because of the rain. Club officials will look at the pitch today and tomorrow before making a decision.