It was a day to forget for Louth Town as they slumped to a heavy defeat against Lincolnshire League title challenger Hykeham Town on Saturday.
Having shipped five goals at home to Grimsby Borough the previous Saturday, the hosts found themselves 4-0 down at the break.
They also had Nick Manders sent off with a straight red card as both teams ended the game with 10 men.
Michael Sullivan scored a hat-trick for the visitors, while Josh Raby’s double and James Slater’s strike compounded Louth’s miserable afternoon in a 6-0 defeat.
Louth remain ninth despite their fourth straight defeat, but lost further ground on the top six, while Hykeham closed to within two points of leaders Skegness Town, but having played three games more.
The fixtures don’t get any easier for the White Wolves as they welcome another team with title aspirations on Saturday when fourth-placed Lincoln Moorlands visit Saltfleetby (kick-off 2pm).
Moorlands are the league’s form horses, having won their last 12 games including a 3-0 victory in the reverse fixture, in Lincoln, last month. They sit five points off the top.
* Louth Old Boys also came away empty-handed as they went down 3-1 to All Star Panthers in East Lincs Combination Division One and stay sixth.
All four of our East Lincs Combination teams take a break this week, but Old Boys and Town Reserves return to action on Saturday, March 4 in round one of the Cusworth Cup.
Louth OB host Cleethorpes Town A at London Road, while Town’s second string travel to All Star Panthers. Both matches kick off at 1.45pm.