SABDEN FC’S miserable run of form continued as they were soundly beaten 5-0 by St Paul’s.
Far too many players were seriously off their game, and Sabden were second best from first whistle to last.
Despite Herculean efforts from outstanding centre back, Ben Dewhurst and tough tackling from determined full backs Will Child and Sol Islam, they were unable to prevent St Paul’s from sailing into a 4-0 half-time lead.
With the damage done, Sabden made three changes during the second half.
Joe Keane brought some sorely-missing bite to the midfield and Jonny Heap looked a real threat in an unfamiliar role on the right.
An injury to Islam late on meant a reshuffle, with Heap covering well at right back.
Tom Diggins filled the gap in the midfield, and two delicious through balls late on from the man from Barrowford just failed to reach their targets.
However, when Sabden did create openings, shooting boots had most certainly been left at home - or perhaps the nghtclub! - and St Paul’s added a fifth late on, to complete a thoroughly miserable afternoon for the Treacle Miners, who now sit perilously close to an immediate return to Division Two of the Burnley and District Sunday League.
Sabden play their last home game of the season on Sunday, kick-off 1 p.m., in what looks like a winner-stays-up shootout against fellow strugglers Chucky Pad Warriors, with bottom club Glory, probably now doomed.
• DOG Inn recorded their second successive clean sheet with a comfortable 2-0 win over Globe Bullough at Bullough Park.
The Whalley side had the better of a scrappy opening period and deservedly took the lead when Mark Lord rounded off a flowing move with a close-range finish.
With captain Craig Barnes and fellow central defender Cal Hudson outstanding in front of keeper Graeme Seedall, Dog never looked in serious danger of conceding but still needed another goal to be sure of taking the points.
That goal finally arrived 10 minutes from time, when returning midfielder Dane Meyler fired in an angled drive following a succession of corners.
Dog right-back Nick Roberts was named man of the match for another excellent performance.
Dog take on Central Boys at Wilson’s on Sunday.