Hebburn Town fell to a 7-0 defeat to Whickham at the weekend – after loosing the majority of their players to a stag do.
Hebburn had asked for the game to be postponed as a result of the celebrations, but the requests fell on deaf ears.
The visitors were missing eight regulars and had to field four teenagers in their starting line up, including 16-year-old goalkeeper Joe Furniss.
Mark Fitzpatrick opened the scoring for Whickham in the 4th minute with a good header before Ross Nicholson doubled the hosts’ advantage, latching onto a lovely through ball and slotting past the young Furniss.
They added a third just before half time following another cross, with David Clasper heading in to take advantage of their side’s big height advantage over the youthful Hebburn.
And the second half started in similar fashion with John Martin heading home from another cross to make it 4-0.
Hebburn started playing some nice football and were the better side for next half hour, albeit without really having a clear cut opportunity to score.
Then, in a whirlwind final five minutes, Whickham scored another three goals through Fitzpatrick again and two from Nicholson to really put a shine on their victory.
Hebburn Town manager Scott Oliver said after the game: “Whickham were impressive from the first whistle and we couldn’t handle their physicality and height advantage from set pieces. I am disappointed but not surprised, we will have the lads back next Saturday and then we can get on with our season”.
Hebburn host Willington in their next game on March 18.