Staffordshire County Senior League, Premier Division
Redgate Clayton 7 Cheadle Town 0
CHEADLE Town came well and truly unstuck on Redgate Clayton's notorious sloping Northwood Lane pitch on Saturday.
Come half-time, Cheadle – minus four key players because of injuries and conflicting cricket commitments – were trailing 4-0 after kicking uphill.
Goals by Wayne Glover (18 and 44 mins) and Carl Bailey (29 and 42 mins) left the visitors with a mountain to climb.
Alan Beaman, Town's director of football, confessed: "Our back four had a nightmare – we really missed John Evans in his usual central defensive role." Evans was instead between the posts for Cheadle, desperately trying to keep a rampant Redgate forward line at bay.
Beaman explained: "With both our first and second choice goalkeepers injured, John volunteered to take on the role and didn't do too bad, despite the scoreline."
Redgate had no intention of easing off the pedal in the second half and added further goals through Glover (61 mins, completing his hat-trick), Sean Searle (65 mins) and Dave Ashley (71 mins).
It was a disappointing result for Cheadle after their hard-fought goalless draw away to Hilton Harriers in midweek.
Beaman said of that clash: "We should have won but missed a penalty in the last minute."
Cheadle are expected to ring the changes ahead of tonight's (Wednesday) visit to AFC Hanley Town.
Beaman added: "Knowing the Hanley manager well, I expect him to strengthen his team with some first team players tonight, so we are going to be really up against it.
"In the meantime, we are continuing our search for an experienced keeper so we can have John back in the centre of defence."