Bourne Town suffered a 4-0 loss at Wellingborough Whitworth’s on Saturday, their third loss in the space of a week.
The result was never in doubt - but at least Bourne Town kept fighting to the final whistle.
The Wakes’ youngsters could have given up when they went 2-0 down after 10 minutes and then conceded an own-goal before the half-hour mark.
Whitworth’s fourth goal - taking their tally to 23 in five successive wins - came towards the end of a dominant display.
However there was still time for Bourne to come so close to a consolation which they deserved as left-back Dan Wilson’s last-minute drive crashed off the crossbar and Jones De Sousa saw his shot cleared off the line.
As a contest, though, it was all over very early.
Cavell Jarvis fired into the far corner, Remy Brittain headed home and Kevin Elger got the final touch to Whitworth captain Jonny Hazell’s right-wing cross.
Bourne should have pulled one back when Tom Cardall somehow missed the target while De Sousa was twice denied by keeper Lee Baxter in a two-minute spell.
Brittain nodded his second goal to seal the Wellingborough side’s victory from Ryan Baxter’s corner with nine minutes left.
It could have been worse as Andrew Moss appeared to trip Jamie White but the penalty appeals were turned down.
To their credit Bourne’s makeshift side battled away - but they must stop giving away so many goals.
WHITWORTH: L Baxter; Brittain, Hudson, Gorman; McDonald, Hazell, Judge (sub Sharp 67 mins), Bendon, R Baxter; Ellwood (sub Patrick 61 mins), Jarvis (sub White 61 mins). Sub not used: Alcindor.
BOURNE TOWN: Fagan 6; Bratcher 5, Elger 5, Jesson 5, D Wilson 6; De Sousa 5, Moss 5, S Wilson 5 (sub Mazzarella 76 mins), Cardall 5; Dunn 5 (sub Walklin 58 mins, 5); Rodgers 5 (sub Bull 52 mins, 5).