Pontefract Collieries ran into in-form Cleethorpes Town who made it eight wins on the trot when they banged in six unanswered goals in Saturday’s Toolstation NCE Premier Division game.
Cleethorpes have now scored 37 goals in their last eight matches and their confidence showed as they were ahead from the first minute.
Ponte knew they were in for a tough game right from the start as Brody Robertson opened the scoring with just 26 seconds on the clock, running onto Marc Cooper’s through ball after he had dispossessed Josh Corbett before slotting the ball under goalkeeper Richard Watson.
Cleethorpes almost doubled their lead less than a minute later as Robertson’s cross was deflected by home defender Luke Danville onto his own crossbar. The shellshocked hosts were almost caught out again with just four minutes on the clock as Luke Mascall’s effort was cleared off the line.
Both sides were forced into an early substitution after a nasty looking clash of heads occurred between Colls’ Aaron Joseph and Clee’s Liam Dickens that resulted in the players going to hospital for stitches.
Ponte finally settled and Danville headed just wide from a well delivered corner then keeper Miles Fenty was forced into his first save to keep out Aaron Moxam’s lob.
Cleethorpes were reduced to 10 men on 22 minutes as midfielder Jack Richardson saw red for a late challenge on Iwan Heeley.
Ponte looked to take advantage as a low shot from Moxam was well saved by Fenty and Liam Radford’s curling free -kick went just wide. But it was the visitors who scored on the stroke of half-time as Peter Winn’s through ball found Robertson free on the left hand side to stroke the ball past Watson and into the net.
Robertson was denied a hat-trick in the first minute of the second half as Watson blocked well with his legs. The striker did not have to wait long to claim the match ball, though, as he struck again with 51 minutes gone.
Ponte knew it was not their day when Mark Whitehouse’s effort was superbly tipped over by Fenty then they were also reduced to 10 men with Danville sent off for bringing down Cooper as the last man.
Cooper put away the resulting penalty and two more goals were added by Luke Mascall before the finish to make it 6-0.
Collieries were hoping to bounce back tonight in their first round West Riding County Cup tie at Liversedge. They are at home to Albion Sports this Saturday and at home to Retford United in another league game next Wednesday.