Wellingborough Town 0 Holbeach United 5
At 4pm on Saturday – with just 24 seconds played after half-time – this game effectively ended as a real contest.
Jamie Clarke made it 2-0 and then it was simply a question of how many Holbeach United would score.
Clarke went on to claim a debut-day double while Ash Fuller completed a hat-trick.
There was not much doubt that the Tigers would extend their 100 per cent record on the road with a fifth away win of the season.
But with a one-goal lead after such a dominant first-half display, Clarke’s opener ensured there was no way back for Wellingborough Town.
The Doughboys had won three successive away games after losing their first five fixtures.
However they could not cope against the Premier Division pacesetters.
Fuller should have scored five goals but settled for a treble.
He hit the post in the first minute and missed a golden chance towards the end when substitute goalkeeper Craig Patterson denied him.
In between, though, Fuller was simply unstoppable and his second goal was stunning.
The deadlock was broken on 13 minutes and the only surprise was it came from a set-piece rather than crisp passing which had already opened up the home defence.
Craig Parker delivered a long throw-in which Lee Beeson flicked on and Fuller was unmarked at the far post to smash in a left-foot volley.
Tommy Treacher could have claimed a first-half hat-trick as he was unlucky with a couple of close-range efforts which somehow stayed out.
At the start of the second half Beeson put in a right-wing cross which Clarke converted to double the advantage.
Jake Newman struck the bar but Clarke got his second goal by nodding home a cross from Treacher just past the hour mark.
Three minutes later Fuller went on a solo run and hit a 25-yard drive into the net via the underside of the bar.
His third may have been slightly controversial as he blasted into the roof of the net with Wellingborough keeper Ashley Foulger injured in the penalty box.
But there was no foul and Fuller had every right to play on.
Foulger was replaced and Tigers substitute Courtney Meade missed two chances to beat Patterson.
But it didn’t matter as Holbeach bounced back in style from their first league defeat.
There will be tougher challenges ahead in the next few months. However, Holbeach have real quality and firepower to suggest it will take something special to knock them off the top.
4-4-2: Foulger (sub Patterson 71 mins); Watkin, Rich, Gotch, Koriya; Ulker (sub Bentley h-t), Liebscher (sub Prior 33 mins), Bloomfield, Cirelli; Newman, Spaughton. Subs not used: Beckley, Troop.
4-4-2: Conroy 7; C Parker 8, Allen 8, Stevens 8, Gibson 8; Beeson 8 (sub Meade 70 mins, 6), Duffy 8, Steadman 8 (sub Pinner 68 mins, 7), Fuller 9; Treacher 8, Clarke 8 (sub Dube 68 mins, 7). Subs not used: King, Lovelace.
Fuller (13 mins, 0-1); Clarke (46 mins, 0-2); Clarke (61 mins, 0-3); Fuller (64 mins, 0-4); Fuller (70 mins, 0-5).
Ash Fuller – who else? Fantastic hat-trick, although he should have actually scored five.
Harrowby United (H) – Wednesday.