A five-minute hat-trick from Callum Wright was little consolation as Leverstock Green were beaten 8-3 at St Margaretsbury on Saturday.
The final score represented Leverstock’s worst defeat under Dene Gardner and included a disastrous opening 15 minutes in which three goals were conceded.
The home side opened the scoring in the eighth minute when a long throw was hurled into the box and Ed Taylor applied the finishing touch.
The second goal arrived four minutes later when a short kick by keeper Garry Malone was punished by Mark Summers, and it was 3-0 soon afterwards when another kick from Malone was blocked by Joss Lillis and cannoned into the net.
Wright could have pulled a goal back for Levy, but any hopes of a comeback were destroyed before half-time when both Matt Mitchell and Ricky Light fired home from long range to put the Saints 5-0 ahead.
Things went from bad to worse for Green at the start of the second half when Light added his side’s sixth goal, before Summers made it 7-0 after 66 minutes.
Levy kept plugging away and eventually got some reward in the 79th minute when Wright pulled a goal back.
Four minutes later Wright was on hand again to head home from close range, and he completed his quick-fire hat-trick to pull the score back to 7-3.
The unlikeliest of comebacks did not materialise, however, and St Margaretsbury added an eighth goal in the 86th minute which completed a hat-trick for Light and was also the 100th league goal conceded by Leverstock this season.