Pinchbeck United are in a relegation scrap in the Peterborough Premier Division after a 6-1 humbling by King’s Lynn Town Reserves.
It could have been different if Aaron Cooper scored when one-on-one with Lynn keeper Luke Bliss early in the game.
Oliver Gedney also went close with a shot from the edge of the box before the visitors went in front when United’s Johnathan Butler put through his own net.
Pinchbeck bounced back quickly and when Cooper was brought down on the edge of Lynn’s box, everyone expected a red card.
But referee Shaun Gray waved away the appeals before Pinchbeck equalised through a Ed Buzas free kick that went in the top corner of Bliss’s net.
This should have been the spur for United to dominate, with new signing Jordan Langford playing well in midfield along with Tylwer Wright on the left and Gedney on the right.
But just before the break, Eoin McQuaid netted for Lynn after a rebound from which United never recovered.
Early in the scond half, Jack Frohawk made it 3-1 to Lynn before Robert Palmer made it four from the penalty spot after Ricky Dickinson was dismissed for bringing down a Lynn player in the box.
The floodgates then opened with two headers from Jake Clitheroe to finish Pinchbeck off.
United’s assistant boss Gary Coomes said: “We were very good in the first half and very bad in the second.”
Menawhile, Tydd St Mary FC reached the final of the Chromasport and Trophies League Shield after a 4-2 win on penalties over Hampton Sports.
Scott Pemberton and Aaron Parker were the Saints’ scorers but the match ended 2-2 in normal time.