A disastrous 12-minute spell just before half time spelled disaster for Lewes away at Wealdstone last night as the Rooks went down 6-1 in Ruislip.
Four goals from Peter Dean helped the Stones to a thumping win that strengthened their grip on second place in the Ryman Premier Division.
Lewes put in a good show for large parts of the game but that brief period before the interval put paid to any hopes of a positive result.
Dean did most of the damage but Richard Jolly, returning from honeymoon, also scored.
Dean had opened the scoring in the tenth minute before Jolly netted the second on the half-hour mark.
Then it turned into disaster for Simon Wormull’s men as Dean grabbed two more either side of a Lee Chappell strike.
The highlight of the night for the visitors was a good Steve Brinkhurst goal on the stroke of half-time, to send a still shell-shocked Rooks into half time at 5-1 down.
The second half was only three minutes old when Dean completed the night’s scoring with his fourth, with the Rooks earning some credit for ensuring the hosts did not find the net again in the final 42 minutes.
The win brings the Stones to within seven points of leaders Whitehawk with a game in hand.
The standard of Wealdstone’s finishing goes a long way to explaining their position of second in the table and still pushing for top spot.
The Rooks assistant manager Nick Brown said as much after the game, tweeting: “(The) difference (is) when a side is clinical. Never seen a team score with every chance they have!”
He admitted that the evening was “simply embarrassing” but added that the whole first team outft would work to ensure such a result wouldn’t be repeated. He said: “Myself and everyone involved will do everything in our power for that to never happen again. Hard work from now.”
Lewes, in 15th, are now away to 14th placed East Thurrock on Saturday, before a crucial home game against Carshalton Athletic on Tuesday. The Rooks are seven points clear of the Robins in the critical second-bottom position. The Dripping Pan outfit have played just the one game more than Carshalton, though have played between two and nine games more than all the other six teams below them in the table.
ROOKS: Thorp, Strong, Hamilton, Walder (c), Breach, Hare, Wormull, Brewer, Crabb, Brinkhurst, Schaaf. SUBS: Kay, Stubbings, Beckford, Lewis.