Glasshoughton Welfare lost 5-0 at third-placed Heanor Town in foggy North Derbyshire in Saturday’s Toolstation NCE League Premier Division match.
In an evenly matched start, both teams played some good passing football.
Town looked the more dangerous with Kieran Wells putting a snap shot narrowly wide.
Welfare repelled a series of corners before they mounted their own offensive with Liam Hirst also putting a half chance wide.
Heanor were not to be denied however and after only 10 minutes they went ahead when Matthew Richards was allowed space to drive under the despairing Josh Archer.
Town were now rampant and Welfare had cause to rely heavily on the goal stopping ability of keeper Archer who thwarted goal bound efforts from Wells and Richards.
With Welfare’s attack being virtually non existent, Archer became the busiest man on the field but after being assisted by the crossbar from a Gary Ricketts screamer he was unable to prevent Town going in at the interval with a 2-0 lead courtesy of a 26th minute strike from Kieran Debrouwer.
From the restart, Welfare had a larger share of the proceedings with Matt Cressey going close with a raking shot across goal and a number of half chances that begged to be converted.
But once again it was Town who looked the more dangerous and although Josh Prudhoe delayed the inevitable with a perfectly timed goal saving tackle, Heanor were not to be denied. Their third goal had a suggestion of offside about it as substitute Callum Thompson planted the ball past the stranded Archer.
Although Welfare were game to the end a classy Heanor added two further goals from Debrouwer and Ross Henshaw.
Heanor were superior but the final score somewhat flattered them.
Glasshoughton’s home match against Bridlington Town in the NCE League Cup third round at Leeds Road on Tuesday evening was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.
The teams are scheduled to meet this Saturday when Welfare host Bridlington in an NCE League Premier Division match (3pm kick-off).
Pontefract Collieries, who were without a first-team fixture last weekend, return to action next Wednesday evening when they host Louth Town in NCE League Division One (7.45pm kick-off).