PERCY Main Amateurs crashed to a humbling and thoroughly merited 5-2 home defeat to a well organised Heaton Stannington side at a stunned Purvis Park on Saturday.
The visitors had gained a reputation as the Villagers’ bogey side after completing three narrow victories over the Main in 2010-11, but on Saturday finishing was the difference between the two sides.
Heaton centre forward Gary Yates has been a class performer in the Northern Alliance for several seasons, but he was outshone by a dazzling display of finishing by strike partner Dean Holmes who helped himself to four goals.
It was an afternoon the Main will hope to forget as soon as possible, especially debutant keeper Adam Baker who conceded five but could not be blamed for any.
Things may have been different if John Amos had given the Main the lead in the seventh minute.
He fastened on to an astute Malcolm Morien through ball, skirted his way round visiting custodian Shaun Backhouse and rolled the ball towards an empty net only for a defender to appear from nowhere to smuggle the ball away.
Ten minutes later the Main would further rue this miss when Holmes spun Mickey Haley in the area and fired home from a tight angle.
Moments later it could have been worse when player joint manager Jason Ritchie was called upon to hook a loose ball off the line after a scramble following a corner.
Against the run of play, the Main were level after Scott Pocklington was tripped in the area.
Morien blasted home his second penalty in consecutive games.
Sadly this did not see the underperforming home side up the ante appreciably, although Backhouse was relieved to be bailed out by his defenders after misjudging a Pocklington flick that was ready to roll over the goal line.
Two minutes after this Heaton took the lead with a lovely goal by Gary Dixon, who picked up the ball in midfield, waltzed past several weak challenges and finished with style past Baker.
Holmes then fired home from six yards to make it 3-1.
Michael Bowman gave Percy Main hope when he fired home a Pocklington flick after 68 minutes, but it was a fond hope as Holmes scored again after 73 and then 75 minutes.
Both goals saw him fasten on to long balls over the top and use a lightning turn of pace to get a clear sight of goal, then making no mistake when in range.
There was no way back for the home side, whose next home game against Seaton Delaval Amateurs is on Bank Holiday Monday, August 29, at 11am.