STRUGGLING Hucknall Town were left with a mountain to climb after conceding a goal after just 90 seconds in their clash with Kidsgrove Athletic last Saturday.
And things went from bad to worse as they went on to be hammered 5-0 in front of their home crowd to cement their position propping up the Division One South table in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League.
Kidsgrove dominted the match from the first whistle and won two corners in the first minute.
Their obvious superiority was then converted into an advantage on the scoresheet with Kidsgrove man-of-the-match Andrew Kinsey firing the visitors ahead with a sweet strike.
New-look Town, who have been flooded with new faces since the arrival of new bosses Ian Robinson and Gary Sucharewycz, huffed and puffed without creating any clearcut chances.
Town almost fell further behind when Kinsey hit the angle of post and crossbar and Liam Shotton had a goal chalked out for offside.
But when Ashley Hill was fouled on the edge of the box in the 29th minute, man-of-the-match Andrew Kinsey fired the free kick past James Martin in the Hucknall goal for number two.
The Yellows had gone into the match with an unfamiliar 3-5-2 formation but facing an uphill task changed to a more conventional 4-4-2 to try and get back into the game.
But three goals in eight minutes killed the clasg dead for the home side, Liam Shotton curled in number three before Kinsey added another from just inside the area. Paul Taylor then struck number five with a 20-yard free kick.