West Allotment Celtic suffered their second post-interval collapse in the space of three games on Saturday afternoon.
They went down 6-0 to Guisborough Town despite a closely matched first half in North Yorkshire.
Allotment had conceded eight goals without reply in the previous week, but started with intent against Chris Hardy’s side, who took division one by storm last season.
That was with the deadly strikeforce of Danny Johnson and Michael Roberts up front. Both have moved on since, but the fledgling partnership of Danny Earl and Anthony Hume looked dangerous from the outset.
The experienced Earl won an early header to put his counterpart in on goal, but Hume hopelessly scuffed wide with no defender within yards of him.
Nathan Mulligan was another Guizzy player looking to impress, and a fine 50-yard ball across the pitch from the midfielder found Hume in behind the defence. The opener was inevitable, but Ryan Beal came charging out of his goal at the right moment, a full-blooded block keeping the striker at bay.
Allotment saw plenty of the ball but rarely caused the defence much of a headache. A wide Dormand half-chance constituting their only moment of danger in the early minutes.
Despite the relative closeness of the contest, Guisborough looked the more likely of the two sides to open the scoring, and they did so after 19 minutes.
Earl did well to flash a ball across the box from the left and Hume finally took his chance, smashing home first time high into Beal’s net.
The lively Kallum McGlen looked to respond in good time, bursting 30 yards past two challenges en route to the edge of the area, only to curl his effort well wide of the far post.
At the other end, 28-year-old Earl was the biggest thorn in Allotment’s side, and he was a matter of inches away from bagging a spectacular goal. Given a little space to bring down the ball twenty-five yards from goal, the well-travelled forward unleashed a looping effort which had Beal beaten all ends up but somehow came back off the crossbar.
Sean Reid did belatedly call Nick Liversedge into action, his drilled shot into the keeper’s arms the product of a rare purple patch for Allotment in Guizzy’s half.
Mulligan and Earl could only look on as respective efforts were blocked by a determined defence, the latter from Graeme Cairns keeping the lead at its narrowest as the two teams headed into the break.
Roaming full back Chris Martin was first to fire a shot across the bow when the second half resumed, his venomous strike requiring a save and hold from Beal.
On came David Henderson and Michael Bell for Allotment as they looked to offer a little more going forward.
And, after Dormand planted a free header from Marc Dummett’s corner well over the bar, Guisborough Town got the decisive second – a goal which preceded another catastrophic collapse on the visitors’ part.
Mulligan weaved effortlessly through two challenges, found the space to shoot and curled beyond Beal’s fingertips into the far corner.
A fine goal, but one which some will feel could have been prevented well before the superb finish.
The midfield maestro was at it again just five minutes later, jinking in from the left and firing past Beal, despite the despairing attempts of Glenn Ford to get a block on the shot.
The wheels were fast coming off for the rattled away side, and after Carling and Marron missed the target with successive headers, substitute Dan McQueeney added a fourth, bursting past debutant Gary Hall and sliding into the back of the net.
Another fresh introduction in the form of Chay Liddle added insult to injury with a fifth from an incisive counter, not enough bodies back to deny the 22-year-old a simple finish.
There was even time for a sixth before the final whistle sounded, Mulligan grabbing a deserved hat-trick from Martin’s fine delivery.
The scoreline flattered the hosts, who had to contend with a resolute and battling Allotment outfit for the best part of an hour, but once again, two goals in quick succession shattered all confidence and composure.
West Allotment will be hoping to improve at both ends of the field when they travel to fellow relegation contenders Crook Town on Wednesday evening in search of a massive three points.