Ten-man Heanor Town found table toppers Bridlington too strong for them on Wednesday and capitulated in the second half to a 7-0 loss in the NCE League Cup Second Round, their worst Town Ground defeat since March 5, 1966, when they lost by the same score in a Midland League game to Worksop Town.
An early Webster cross was headed over by Frost and a fine run by Jordan Hall ended with him shooting weakly straight at Wilberforce in the visitors’ goal.
Hall then shot wide from a half-cleared corner before Craig Hogg fired wide in Bridlington’s first real attack of the game.
When Lee Stevenson handled a goalbound shot on the line after 12 minutes, he was sent off for the offence but Clark saved Josh Greening’s penalty, the winger then going in on the goalkeeper for the rebound studs first.
This upset Heanor, who thought the Bridlington man should have been sent off for the offence, but he was only yellow carded.
It certainly worked against the Lions because Greening outpaced Phil Austin on 21 minutes to shoot under Clark to give the visitors the lead.
Ten-man Heanor were as good as the league leaders and Benger saw his header from a free kick clawed down from under the bar by Wilberforce who then saved a Chris King shot down by the foot of a post.
Incensed joint Heanor manager Glenn Kirkwood was sent to the stands for the second half at half-time, and whatever was said in the Lions’ dressing room during the interval obviously had an adverse effect because you could have driven a double decker bus through the home defence in the second half.
Austin’s poor header allowed Greening to set up Billy Logan for the visitors second on 52 minutes, the first of five goals in 20 minutes.
Nathan Cook volleyed home on 56 minutes with Heanor’s rearguard all at sea, and Craig Hogg for the first of his seven-minute hat-trick nine minutes later after some uncharacteristic defending by Degirolamo.
Cook raced clear again on 67 minutes and completed his hat-trick against a non-existent Heanor defence on 72 minutes after his first lob had come back off the bar.
Wile shot wide as Heanor tried to hit back, and substitute Grayson put another effort into the side netting.
But substitute Chris Batchelor completed a most miserable night for Heanor by bagging the visitors’ seventh in the 89th minute.
HEANOR TOWN: Clark, Stevenson, Austin, King, Wiley, Degirolamo, Webster, Frost (Barratt 63), Benger (Grayson 69), Hall, Bryant (Rushby 75). Substitute not used – Wells
BRIDLINGTON TOWN: Wilberforce, Aziz (Batchelor 67), Cass, Allanson, Jenkinson, Cook (Wray 76), Logan, Fleming, Hogg, Palmer, Greening. Substitute not used – Fraser.
REFEREE: Andrew Park (Lincolnshire)
RED CARDS: Stevenson (Heanor) 12 minutes, Kirkwood (Heanor) half time
YELLOW CARDS: Greening (Bridlington 12 minutes), Jenkinson (Bridlington) 27 minutes, Cass (Bridlington) 49 minutes.