Retford United had a Saturday afternoon to forget, as they were hammered 9-3 by near neighbours Maltby Main away from home.
There was a first start for two new signings, Luke Gregg in defence and Tom Elder in midfield.
But it was the hosts who took control of the game and dished out one of Retford’s heaviest defeats.
Maltby had the first chance, put over the bar from close range, then Ben Thornton should have done better as his shot was over the bar with Retford keeper Tom Fuller seemingly beaten.
Adam Lee found the run of Josh Batty but the ball was put just wide of the upright.
Leigh Hutchinson almost caught out the keeper as he was forced outside his box to clear but the ball was hooked away.
Retford were dealt their first blow of the afternoon losing Elder after only 20 minutes to injury, replaced by David Buck.
The opening goal came on 26 minutes, Thornton in at the near post to put the ball under Fuller and give Maltby the lead.
Adam Lee beat the offside trap to get through one on one with the keeper but his shot hit a bobble and went wide.
United were level on the half hour mark, thanks to a good strike from Hutchinson.
Maltby should have regained their lead as Louis Penty put his free header over the bar, then Retford took the lead after 34 minutes, a soft penalty earned by Hutchinson was dispatched by Lee.
Thornton levelled the scores for Maltby, and Retford were unlucky not to go in at the break in front after Craig Morley’s header from a corner hit the post.
Buck netted the rebound but the celebration was cut short by an offside flag.
The second half was only two minutes old when Maltby took the lead through a strike by Dean Smith.
United were reduced to ten men on 54 minutes with the dismissal of Morley for a two footed challenge just outside the box.
Maltby scored again, Sam Forster with the goal after Fuller came out for the ball and left the Maltby man space to score.
The drama continued on 62 minutes with the dismissal of Tom Corker for Maltby after his second yellow card in a matter of minutes, for a lunging challenge on Nelthorpe.
Nelthorpe gave Retford a glimmer of hope with a superb strike from around 40 yards to reduce the deficit with a little over 20 minutes remaining.
Penty got onto the scoresheet after 74 minutes and a sixth arrived for the home side four minutes later as Nicky Darker’s ball from the right curled into the top corner.
A minute later Retford were in total disarray and a hat-trick goal for Thornton compounded the misery.
Forster added another and in stoppage time Smith completed the rout .
Next up for United are the league leaders Tadcaster Albion coming to the Jones and Co Stadium on Saturday in what will be a tough encounter after this demoralising defeat.