Exmouth Town were 9-0 winners when they hosted Plymouth-based Millbrook in their penultimate home game of the Toolstation Western League Premier Division campaign, writes Stephen Birley.
Town had gone into the noon kick-off on Easter Monday knowing that only a healthy winning margin would keep alive their hopes of being crowned divisional champions within the next seven days.
At the start of the game, Town sat third on 70 points from 33 games.
Mousehole sat second with 72 points from 33, while Tavistock, who visit Exmouth on Wednesday night (April 20), led the way with 73 from 33.
It all meant that, with Tavvy having a three-goal better goal difference than Town, a home win by at least four goals would send the Southern Road men top.
Exmouth’s stint at the summit of the table was short-lived, however, as Tavistock entertained basement side Bridport at 3pm on Easter Monday – and also triumphed 9-0.
It took just 18 minutes for the home support in another 300-plus Southern Road attendance to be cheering as Jordan Harris found the back of the Millbrook net.
Twenty-seven minutes later, the half-time whistle was blown and Town trooped off with a 5-0 lead thanks to further goals from Ace High (2), Nathan Cooper and Levi Landricombe.
Eighteen minutes into the second half it was 6-0 thanks to a Ben Steer strike and just six minutes later the crowd were warming their hands once again to celebrate a second Cooper goal of the game to put Town seven goals to the good.
The eighth goal was scored in the 86th minute with Steer getting his second of the game and there was still time for one more with Nathan Cooper completing his hat-trick to make it 9-0.
All eyes now turn to Wednesday (April 20) night and what now looks set to be the Toolstation Western League Premier Division title showdown with Tavistock the visitors to Southern Road, with kick-off being 7.30pm.