"I DON'T know about a bad day at the office - it was the worst day I've had in 25 years in football," was the verdict from mystified Broughton boss Terry Dawkins, whose team crashed to their heaviest defeat of the season on Saturday.

"But we didn't really play that badly most of the time."

Lyndhurst, whose players were fighting for places in the club's upcoming Southampton Senior Cup semi-final, were certainly out to impress. Ben Harrison and Wayne Allen scored two apiece with singles from Simon Edwicker, Marc Price, Glen Maidment and Tom Robinson.

Broughton, meanwhile, were lacking a recognised goalkeeper due to Neil Collis's injury, so central defender Keith Maddocks went between the posts.

They were further hampered by the continued absence through injury of Pete Edwards, while midfielder Nobby Carr has decided to leave the club.

For twenty minutes there was no scoring, but then a flurry of activity led to the hosts going in five up; none of the goals could be blamed on the unlucky Maddocks.

A measure of sanity was restored after the break, and Gary Lane scored to pull it back to 5-1. But five more minutes of madness right at the end led to three more goals, sealing Broughton's fate - and with it any lingering ambitions of getting among the silverware at the end of the season.

Broughton are still likely to be without a keeper on Saturday, when Collis will be suspended for their local derby at M&T Awbridge.

They're hoping to make a signing this week, but since it's a League Cup tie, any newcomer won't be eligible to play until he's featured in the league as well!