League leaders Leek Town showed struggling Eastwood no mercy on Saturday as they romped to a comfortable 5-0 victory to extend their lead at the top of the Division One South table.
Eastwood remain off the bottom of the table purely on goal difference, and were never really in this encounter once the hosts had got in front.
Indeed, only 12 seconds had passed when Jordan Johnson went close to an opener but his effort was wide of Dan Dobbie’s goal.
Johnson put another chance past the post after ten minutes but he’d finally get his goal three minutes later with a close range finish.
Johnson was far from finished and added a second goal two minutes later after John Johnston’s cross found him in the penalty area and he headed past Dobbie.
On 22 minutes it was 3-0, Johnston again the creator as his work down the right ended with a cross for Andy Kinsey to fire home.
Johnston nearly had another assist when he this time found Niall Maguire but the header was wide of the post.
Dobbie was equal to a Kinsey effort on 40 minutes before Johnson missed his chance of a hat-trick moments later following a corner.
In fact, Johnson would be denied his treble due to not being on the pitch past the 56th minute.
He had first received a yellow card when the referee deemed he had dived to try and win a penalty before the half-time break, and when he was flagged offside early in the second period he opted to kick the ball into the goal instead and that was enough to earn a second booking and an early bath.
Leek weren’t fazed, aside from a goalmouth scramble that nearly saw Eastwood pull a goal back, Dan Shelley then denied by Dobbie at the other end.
The fourth goal came on 75 minutes when sub Mitch Husbands headed home from Matt Bell’s free-kick, and with five minutes to go he broke through to slide the ball under Dobbie to complete the scoring.
Only another good save by Dobbie denied Husbands a hat-trick in the dying moments, but the damage was done and Leek’s lead at the top was extended to five points as at the other end of the table the Badgers’ hunt for a win goes on.