Stamford Lions surged five points clear at the top of the PDFL Division One table on Saturday after a stunning 10-0 victory over Warboys Town.
The score line was even more surprising considering Warboys came into the game with just one defeat in their previous 11 matches that included a 2-2 draw with the Stamford Lions only two weeks ago, when the Lions won on penalties in the PFA Senior Cup.
But from the first whistle the home side set about their opponents and took an early lead when top scorer Ryan Brown fired in with a fierce low drive with less than ten minutes played to grab his 20th league goal of the season and set the Lions on their way.
Brown quickly doubled his lead when he raced onto a Jack Travers through ball, outpaced his marker and again finished with sublime accuracy.
Warboys responded by surging forward, keeper Jimmy Russon pulled off a fine save to preserve the two goal lead and the Stamford side were forced into defending several corners as both sides sensed the next goal was going to be key.
With 35 minutes played the Stamford side flew in their own corner kick and teenage defender Sean Kelly saw his powerful header cleared off the line only for him to volley home the rebound.
The third goal left Warboys with no option but to gamble and commit players forward desperate to get a goal before half time and try and get a foot hold in the game, but with the pace of both Brown and strike partner Rob Forster in attack the Lions exploited the space and killed off the game with a goal rout of three goals in the final seven minutes of the first half.
Forster helped himself to a brace, first with an excellent finish for the fourth before finishing well after being teed up by Brown.
Travers added a sixth Lions goal just before the half time whistle in an incredible finish to the half.
Matters got worse for the visitors when they lost inspirational captain Sam Latchford to injury after a fierce tackle from Travers.
Stamford had the luxury of playing without pressure as the game as a contest was over, against an opponent that had a long 45 minutes desperate for the full time whistle.
Forster grabbed his hat- trick tucking in a Jake Walton cross before Sean O’Donnell continued his good run of goals with a neat strike.
Not to be out-shone Brown also completed a hat-trick as he again ran past his marker and smashed his shot past a very busy keeper.
Tom Edwards added his name to the score sheet to wrap up a 10-0 win.
“Warboys are notoriously difficult to beat, after battling out a 3-3 draw away from home and then the closely fought 2-2 cup match two weeks ago we were ready for a fierce game, so to walk away with a 10-0 win is more than satisfactory” added manager James Sheehan.
Stamford Lions: Jimmy Russon, Luke Ball, Danny Sheehan, Sean Kelly, Joe Lippett(Barry Burton), Jake Walton, Jack Travers, Rob Forster(Sam Rayner), Tom Edwards, Sean ODonnell(Michael Webb), Ryan Brown