The Saints went marching in to stun title favourites BULWELL in the Central Midlands League’s South Division on Tuesday night.
For league newcomers, Harrowby Saints, inflicted a shock 5-2 defeat on The Bulls -- after winning only one of their opening eight fixtures.
Inspired by four-goal Ryan Tittensor, Harrowby were full value for their triumph.
But there were no excuses for a gutless performance lacking in hunger and desire from Bulwell. Not even the news that two of their most influential players, Darren Garmston and Ryan Bowen, have called their time on the club.
Garmston has decided to take a break because of an ongoing knee injury, while Bowen has left the club to join Kimberley Miners Welfare in the East Midlands Counties League.
The Bulls coped well without them last Saturday when they deservedly beat Mickleover Royal British Legion 1-0 thanks to a 49th minute goal from striker Conor Carter.
And they were expected to comfortably dispose of Harrowby to move into second place in the table and tee up their title charge.
They duly opened the scoring through Jake Fisher. But the visitors levelled only three minutes later, when the busy Tittensor opened his account from close range, and from then on, Harrowby dazzled the Greenwich Avenue crowd with some silky football that made a mockery of their lowly position in the league.
It was 2-1 just before the break when Tittensor netted on the counter with a cross-cum-shot from an obscure angle, And after Jamie McKeever had missed a golden chance for Bulwell from on ly eight yards, it was 3-1 on 58 when a lapse in concentration at the back gifted Ryan Holland a free header at the far post.
The Bulls grabbed a much-needed lifeline in the 74th minute when new signing, former Boots Athletic man Tommy Kemp, showed his skills down the left and cut inside to slot past the ‘keeper.
But just when it looked game on at 3-2, Harrowby stepped up a gear to put ehc ontest out of reach.
Home captain and assistant player/manager Dwayne Soar was guilty of a rare error to hand the visitors their fourth goal. Attempting to play out from the back, he misplaced his pass, enabling Tittensor to nip in and complete his hat-trick.
To complete an abject night for Bulwell, but also a superb display of centre-foreward play, Tittensor struck again four minutes from the end.
The fact that Harrowby had lost 5-0 to unbeaten leaders Mickleover Royals only three days earlier (and 3-0 to Hucknall Town ten days earlier) underlines the work new boss Ian Lowe now has to do to turn the locals into genuine title contenders -- especially as their next game is a trip to third-placed Belper United.