Fleet Town's pain-staking season took another nosedive on Saturday as they were hit for seven by high-flying Yate Town.
Player-boss Craig Davis was left to rue a cruel twist in the weather with his side battling against the elements in a torrid first half, leading to a ten-minute delay in proceedings, while contrasting conditions in the second hindered any chance of a fightback.
Despite huge hailstones and large puddles forming on the pitch, the match continued as one of only two in the South & West to survive the downpour – and three quickfire goals soon dampened the spirits by the break.
But, typically, when the players came out after the break there was not one breath of wind and a rampant Yate side added four more goals to complete the rout.
It all added up to another disappointing day for the Fleet boss.
“It was a very tough day for us,” Davis said.
“We had an under-strength side and what certainly didn't help us was an absolute gale force wind and hailstones driving straight at our goal for the whole of the first half.
“We were fantastic though for 40 minutes, and played some great stuff.
"But I'm sure the stoppage didn’t help our concentration and they scored three goals in five minutes before half-time leaving the lads wind swept and shell-shocked after playing so well.
“Unbelievably we came out for the second half and there was barely a breath of wind in our favour. I can’t really ask much more from the lads, and we won’t give up trying.”
It doesn’t get any easier for Davis, however, as next up is the visit of league leaders Merthyr Town, on Saturday, before mid-table Cinderford Town are down at Calthorpe Park on Tuesday night.
Fleet: Pryce, Craig Stanley, (Callum Stanley 75), Blaxall, B White, Gator, Davis, Charlick, Carter, (J White), Mlambo, Cox, French. Subs not used: Cunningham, Martin.