Gutted Pinchbeck United joint-boss Gary Coomes couldn’t hide his disappointment after seeing his side crash out of the Lincs Junior Cup.
The ChromaSport Peterborough League Premier Division outfit blew a 2-0 lead at Knight Street on Saturday, as visitors Horncastle Town won 4-3.
Oli Gedney poked home a Jonny Butler cross on eight minutes to give United an early lead – and they were unfortunate not to add to their tally before half time.
More of the same followed in the second period and it was no surprise when Butler smashed in the second on the hour.
But Horncastle reduced arrears against the run of play when Bent was allowed to turn and finish neatly – and from then on the Pinchbeck lads lost all shape and momentum.
It was all-square when keeper Liam Dawson gave away a stupid penalty, allowing Johnson to convert.
Bent then grabbed his second after some torrid defending by the home team and it got worse two minutes later when Brown scored the fourth.
Ash Coddington did reduce the arrears late on, but Pinchbeck’s county bid is over for another season.
Coomes said: “The lads gave this one away and they know it.
“While the county cup was not high on our agenda this year, it is disappointing to lose any game that you should have won.
“While we have brought in some experience in key arrears, it is clear we are still lacking in some areas of the park. It’s no time to panic, but the guys will now realise they are playing for their places.”
Pinchbeck: Dawson, Elderkin (Edgaras 75), Dickinson ( Moore 77), Coddington, Liam Harrison, Roberts, Langford, Gardner, Gedney, Cartlidge Butler. Not used: Luke Harrison, Haslam, Wheeler.
• Matthew Barnett bagged a brace to fire Crowland Town into the next round of the Lincs Junior Cup.
Crowland were 3-1 winners at Crosby Colts, with Nathan Ginty the other scorer.
Long Sutton also progressed, seeing off Old Leake 2-0 at London Road. Both goals came from Paul Newcombe.
Holders Moulton Harrox eased into the next stage with a 3-0 triumph at Epworth Town. Tom Gosling, Martin Sandall and Darren Clarkson netted in North Lincolnshire.