Pontefract Collieries were given a taste of how they need to play to be serious title contenders when they were handed a lesson by last year’s Premier Division runners-up Worksop Town in the Toolstation NCE League.
Anyone who had any thoughts that the Colls could follow in the footsteps of Shaw Lane and achieve back to back promotions was shown how much they need to raise their game as the visitors to the Harratts Nissan Stadium gave Ponte the sort of spanking that they were handing out to Division One sides last year.
A 7-1 result in no way flattered Worksop as they outplayed their hosts in every position on the field for almost all of the game.
It did not help Colls that regular keeper Craig Parry was unavailable and cover was only arranged on the morning of the match with new keeper Ellis Halpine having no opportunity to familiarise himself with his defence before being thrown into the fray.
Changing the side from the one that beat Penistone the week before also appeared not to help things as Ponte had the look of a side that were not used to playing together.
It took just a quarter of an hour for Worksop to unlock the shaky Ponte defence as Kyle Jordan found himself in acres of space at the far post and hammered the ball past Halpine.
The same player found yards of space again on 21 minutes and did the same again to put the visitors two up.
With Connor Sellars pulling the strings in midfield Worksop took the game by the scruff of the neck and looked dangerous on every break. Aaron Moxam, Liam Radford and Ruben Jerome up front for the Colls really struggled to make any impression against the solid Worksop defence and rarely troubled the visitors keeper.
On 33 minutes Sellars danced through the Ponte defence to put the visitors three up at half-time.
The second half started better for the hosts as Jerome started to find some space on the right hand side. On 49 minutes he raced into the box one-on-one with the keeper and despite two defenders managing to get back on the line he took his goal well.
However, the goal only served to wind Worksop up and they stepped up a gear to score four more goals.
Jordan lashed an unstoppable shot into the far top corner to claim his hat-trick on 53 minutes and four minutes later Sellars added another.
Substitute Jack Waddle scored on 65 minutes and Mitch Husbands applied the coup de grace with a seventh goal five minutes from time.
Colls are looking to improve for tonight’s game at home to Athersley Recreation before they face a tough looking FA Cup preliminary round tie away at Runcorn Linnets this Saturday (3pm).
Unless a cup replay is needed, Ponte are back in league action next Wednesday away to Parkgate, who have started the season well (kick-off 7.45pm).