Retford United’s woeful form continued this week, with defeats at the hands of Oadby Town and Cleethorpes Town.
On Saturday they became the first team to lose to Oadby this season, crashing out of the FA Vase with a 2-0 defeat.
And on Tuesday night they were beaten 3-0 by Cleethorpes, making it seven games without a victory and leaving them 18th in the NCEL Premier.
They started brightly in midweek, however, having most of the play in the opening 30 minutes.
United gave a first start to Under 21 striker Jack Mason in place of Liam Wilkin and there was a return to the side for Gareth Campion in defence.
Early in the game, Ben Muirhead crossed the ball for Liam Nelthorpe who in turn flicked on for Mason but he couldn’t get to the ball.
Danny Smith’s cross forced a punch clear by the Cleethorpes goalkeeper and more pressure won a corner , Muirhead sending the ball in to the far post and David Buck heading inches wide.
Cleethorpes’s Brody Robertson fired a shot straight at Tom Fuller in the Retford goal with the visitors’ first attack.
On 27 minutes, against the run of play, Cleethorpes took the lead, top scorer Marc Cooper grabbing his eighth of the season, drilling the ball low past Fuller.
United looked for an immediate response, a poor clearance by the keeper hit Kyle Hadley who played the ball for Mason to chase but the Cleethorpes got their first.
Jack Steadman did well to block a shot to stop the visitors, then Robertson was close with his effort just off target.
United were dealt a double blow, losing both Liam Nelthorpe and Smith before the break, Jimmy Walker and Jake Outram coming on.
The second half started with Robertson getting free and past the back four, but luckily for Retford the flag was raised.
On 72 minutes, it was 2-0as Cooper netted his second of the night, a ball in from Darren Hanslip was cleared off the line by Campion but only into the path of Cooper who netted from close range.
The second goal effectively ended the game with United failing to show anything going forward.
The misery was compounded on 81 minutes, a hat-trick for Cooper after his first shot was blocked well by Fuller the follow up finding the net.
There was a glimmer of a consolation goal in the final minute with Swannack’s cross found Mason but he couldn’t hit the target with his header.
United travel to Heanor Town on Saturday then host Staveley on Tuesday.
A York City XI will be making its way to the Jones & Co Stadium on Sunday 26th October for a charity game - with a 1pm kick off.
There is a chance for supporters to play in the game in a sealed bid auction.
Please contact the club for further details of how to take part.