Hemel Town were brought crashing down to earth with a bump as they were thrashed 6-0 at home by Boreham Wood on Tuesday night.
The Tudors went into the game high on confidence after a solid victory over Basingstoke in their first ever Conference South fixture on Saturday, but they were outclassed by a rampant Boreham Wood side at Vauxhall Road.
Hemel were guilty of gifting their visitors with the opening four goals after a string of defensive errors, and there was no way back for Dean Brennan’s side from there.
The Tudors had actually started the game brightly and had early chances through Ben Mackey – who fired over – and Jordan Parkes, whose effort was pushed out for a corner.
It was Boreham Wood who broke the deadlock, though, when Tudors keeper Laurie Walker was caught stranded out of his goal and the ball was lofted over his head and into the net.
There was further bad news for the Tudors soon afterwards when influential defender Keiran Murphy was forced off injured to be replaced by Oliver Hawkins.
And Boreham Wood added insult to injury as they took advantage of a slip from Parkes to double their advantage after Mackey had tested the keeper at the other end.
The second half continued as the first had ended, with Boreham Wood adding a third goal to put the game out of reach of the Tudors.
A fourth soon followed as Walker failed to control a headed back pass, before Graeme Montgomery delivered the goal of the night with a stinging strike into the top corner of the net.
The visitors were still not finished there, however, and added a late sixth to compound a thoroughly miserable evening for the shell-shocked Tudors.
Brennan’s side will be looking for a quick response when they host Whitehawk at Vauxhall Road on Saturday afternoon, 3pm kick-off.