Long Eaton United had a mixed few days as they followed up a stunning 7-0 win over Glasshoughton Welfare with a home defeat to Worksop Parramore in their 2,000th league match.
Against Glasshoughton, the deadlock was broken after 21 minutes, Michael Armstrong producing a rifled effort from 30 yards.
This goal well and truly opened the flood gates as the home side assaulted their flailing opposition.
Long Eaton’s talisman and leader Shaun Rickford had been under scrutiny of late, but he rose from his slight slump and netted three goals in 15 minutes to finish the first-half in style.
The first was a sublime volley from a Matt Savage cross and the man nicknamed ‘Bullet’ fired his way to a hat-trick with headers from crosses to sink the visitors.
Manager Charlie Palmer did not make any changes despite the four-goal advantage, perhaps a decision he would regret given his side’s hectic fixture list.
Rickford, still hungry for more goals, scored a double to take his tally to an amazing five, the last of which was an audacious 18 yard chip to complete the visitors’ humiliation. Blaine Hancock completed the goalscoring to leave a video game scoreline of 7-0.
Saturday was historic for Long Eaton, their 2000th league game.
The Blues took on rivals Worksop Parramore but hopes of a hat-trick of wins were soon curbed as the visitors looked a class apart, flustering Long Eaton’s defence at set pieces and pacifying their front men.
A deflected shot sent the crossbar wobbling, with Parramore wondering how the deadlock hadn’t been broken after the first-half.
Long Eaton looked tired and substitute Sam Smith capitalised on this, striking home from the middle of the box as the Blues failed to clear their lines.
Equality was almost secured moments later as Robinson’s deflected shot hit the crossbar but this was to be the only chance of note as Parramore shut up shop for the remainder of the half, taking three points back up the M1.
Long Eaton travelled to Worksop for the return game on Tuesday night (3rd, after the Advertiser had gone to press. Details in next week’s paper.
Report by Adam Slater