West Allotment Celtic suffered a heavy league defeat at Marske United, losing 5-0.
Three goals in the opening 14 minutes from Aaron Ramsbottom, Danny Earl and Nathan Mulligan put Marske in a comfortable position before Robbie Dean kept ahold of Marske’s three-goal lead after saving Stephen Young’s penalty.
Ramsbottom and Earl both got their braces in the second half to round off a comprehensive victory for the Redcar-based side.
West Allotment went into the match off the back of a narrow 3-2 defeat to Washington and remained desperate for points to lift themselves closer to safety from the relegation zone.
However, their opponents began at a frantic pace and took just seven minutes to break the deadlock. After neat build-up play on the right-wing, a low driven cross flew across the box to Ramsbottom, who made no hesitation in stabbing the ball home from close range.
Marske doubled their lead three minutes later through Danny Earl after a looping through ball found its way to Earl after a mix-up from the Allotment defence. Earl latched onto the error before managing to slot the ball beyond Chris Bannon in the Allotment net.
Allotment almost found a swift reply though striker Stephen Young but his strike was sent over the bar after the Marske goalkeeper had failed to collect the ball from a swinging corner.
West Allotment were made to pay the price for their missed chance as Nathan Mulligan grabbed Marske’s third goal. After an intended clearance landed kindly into the path of Mulligan, the midfielder struck a low strike into the bottom left hand corner.
West Allotment were given a lifeline back into the game when they rewarded a penalty. After David Henderson was bundled over inside the area, Stephen Young’s spot kick was saved by Robbie Dean.
After getting down low to parry the 12-yard strike away, the rebound from Allotment’s Liam Hudson was blocked by Dean before another incoming shot, this time from Craig Hindmarch, was bravely kept out.
In the second half, Marske were once again out of the blocks very quickly and their bright start was rewarded with a fourth goal. After a dangerous corner floated in towards Mulligan, he headed it on to Ramsbottom, who powerfully headed the ball into the roof of the net.
Danny Earl got himself back on the scoresheet to pile more misery on Allotment. After a quick break from Marske substitute Curtis Round, the winger delivered an accurate cross to Earl, who placed the ball into the net with ease to complete the rout.
Allotment also had their goalkeeper Chris Bannon after he made many top-class saves to reduce the deficit and further embarrassment.
The result leaves West Allotment Celtic empty-handed before Christmas and their next fixture is at Whitley Bay on Boxing Day.