Bourne Town were disappointed with a 4-2 loss against Raunds Town who were forced to play the majority of their Division One clash with just 10 men.
Glenn Turner gave the Shopmates an early lead but Jones De Sousa levelled, only for Gavin Fitzgerald to regain the lead for the hosts with just 12 minutes on the clock.
Raunds were down to 10 men after 17 minutes when Matt Harris was sent off for a challenge, which resulted in a penalty scored by Harley Williams.
But Bourne were unable to make the most of their numerical advantage, as Dave Townsend put the hosts 3-2 up before half-time and then wrapped up the points with his 14th goal of the season on 71 minutes.
After the match, Wakes’ manager Rafa Mazzarella expressed his disappointment at his team’s performance against ten men and praised the Raunds players for lifting their game.
He said: “To be fair when both teams were playing with 11 men we were doing well, but as soon as Raunds went down to 10 men they lifted their game.
“To be honest they played better with 10 men and we didn’t respond to them.
“When we conceded our third goal just before half-time we never really recovered, which was disappointing.
“I tried to encourage our players to do more in the second half, but we were second best for 70 minutes, so I wasn’t happy.”
Several of Bourne’s games have been postponed with cup clashes and recently a waterlogged pitch at the Abbey Lawn.
But Rafa was unconcerned about the situation, saying: “It’s still quite early on in the season and we are not out of line with unplayed matches compared with other teams in the league, so I’ve no real concerns.
“If it was March I’d be more concerned.”
Today (Saturday) Bourne travel to Bugbrooke, who are sitting three places above the Wakes in the UCL Division One table, so it will be an important match for both teams as they look to climb the table.
Rafa said: “I know Bugbrooke and their manager quite well and know how they play.
“We played them earlier in the year and beat them at the Abbey Lawn.
“Playing them away will definitely be a tougher test and I’m looking for a bigger performance from my team and hope we can secure the points again.”