Cottesmore Amateurs suffered a “crazy 25 minutes” against Melton on Saturday which cost them five goals and ultimately three points.
Amateurs were holding their own against Melton, who are third in the division, for 20 minutes but the following 25 were as bad as it can get on a football pitch. Everything Melton hit went in and by half-time Cottesmore were facing a mountain to climb.
The second-half was more of an even encounter, but Melton could have been coasting given the scoreline.
Amateurs boss Neil Miller said the side had let themselves and the supporters down and apologised to all who went along to see it.
He said: “The lads were disappointed and I think we are disappointed for the people who came to watch on Saturday as we had quite a few there who were hoping to see a good local derby.
“I apologise to the people who came to watch for the result. We tried but we were far behind the performance levels we can achieve and we got punished in the worst way.
“We had a crazy 25 minutes and I think there were a few personal challenges that a few of our players were getting involved in as they’d come from Melton to Cottesmore and perhaps that got in the way a little bit when the real focus was the three points.”
Cottesmore are 12th in the Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division, but they matched their higher-placed opponents to start with.
They had two good chances in the first 10 minutes. Harry Stannard caught Melton napping and pinched the ball, but blasted it over .
Robbie Preira then lobbed the Melton keeper, but it was cleared off the line amid some speculation by spectators that it had gone in. A couple of offside decisions also went against Cottesmore.
However, Melton stepped it up and put five in the Amateurs’ net before half-time.
Cottesmore came back out in the second half and did give it a good go. They worked hard and tested the Melton defence, but could rarely break them down.
In turn, the visitors did look dangerous on the counter-attack and moved the ball with pace from the back to the front.
The rest of game was played mostly in the middle of the park with both sides winning a few corners and free-kicks in good positions, however there were few shots on target.
Melton did have one chance from a corner when the ball seemed to bobble into space in the middle of the six-yard box, but Amateurs thumped it clear.
By then the fight and the result had gone from Cottesmore and the game dwindled to a close.
Cottesmore have a great chance to redeem themselves on Saturday against Saffron Dynamo who are second from bottom.