Lincoln United recorded their worst ever home defeat and fifth reverse in succession yesterday when they were crushed 9-0 by a ruthless Leek Town FC.
The result means the Whites slip to eighteenth place in the Evo-Stik League South and, with two away games over the next couple of weeks, things will have to improve.
It was a match in which crowd favourite, Kallum Smith, was making his 300th appearance and he was presented with a memento before the game to mark this magnificent achievement.
Sam Wilkinson’s men lined up in a 3-5-2 formation with young keeper Kane Hutchinson-Wilkes in goal.
The visitors showed what they had in mind for the rest of the afternoon when they hit the post early on.
After eight minutes they broke quickly from defence and a long ball found Leek winger Stevenson who hooked the ball beyond the United keeper to give his side the lead.
A minute later, Leek stopper Chapman blocked a shot from Ryan Oliver with Jack McGovern heading the resulting rebound onto the bar.
Leek doubled their lead after 20 minutes when a free kick from distance deceived the United defence and ended up in the net.
The visitors were now in full flow and a bullet header by Curley made it 3-0.
This was followed by the Staffordshire outfit’s skipper, Scott Lycett nodding the ball beyond the Whites’ keeper to give his side an unassailable lead as they headed in for the break.
The second half brought no respite although there was a glimmer of hope when United were awarded a penalty for handball on the 50 minute mark.
However, there was to be no comeback as Toyne hit the bar with the spot kick.
From that moment on, Leek carved through the Whites’ defence at will and a brace from striker Tim Grice increased the margin to 6-0.
Three goals later, with the score at 9-0, the referee mercifully blew for full time leaving the Ashby Avenue faithful stunned at the result.