Louth Town saw their promotion dream take a battering after they were on the end of a 6-1 beating at Cleethorpes Town in the derby on Saturday.
There was little between the two sides before kick off but four goals from the hosts in 20 minutes ended Town’s hopes of a derby day victory.
In a lunchtime kick-off at the Bradley Community Stadium visitors goalkeeper Ian McTaggert was called into action early on saving at the feet of Jack Richardson before former Louth player Jack Debnam saw an effort flash wide.
Matt Kennedy went on a mazy run and was brought down in the box, but no penalty was given and Cleethorpes raced clear at the other end with Marc Cooper netting the opener.
Louth equalised just four minutes later though when Jamie Coulson controlled Kennedy’s pass to fire past the onrushing Scott Drury.
The home side were back in front though when Tim Lowe converted a penalty after Nick Manders felled Richardson.
Town had a disastrous final end to the first half, home captain Daniel Hanslip added a third goal with a powerful drive before Lowe cut inside and squeezed a shot in at the near post to make it 4-1.
Cleethorpes put the result beyond doubt on 47 minutes when Craig Mitchell ran onto a long ball slotted into the bottom left corner.
Louth kept battling though and Kennedy struck the post before Drury did well to save the rebound by Walton.
Debnam twice came close before in the 73rd minutes Lee Stephenson scored a tap in to round off the scoring.
Town had looked threatening at times but did not take their chances in front of goal and now find themselves 10th in the NCEL Division One table, 14 points away from leaders Shirebrook Town but with four games in hand.
The White Wolves have the chance to make amends at second placed Athersley Recreation on Tuesday (7.45pm), but boss Daryl Clare will know games are beginning to run out for his side.