GOSPORT BOROUGH slumped to an embarrassing 6-0 home defeat to Chelmsford City in the National League South.
Mike Carter and Sam Pearce replaced the suspended Aaron Dawson and Joe Oastler for the hosts.
Borough gifted Chelmsford the lead after 18 minutes with a poor defensive blunder.
TJ Cuthbertson’s headed back pass was woefully short, allowing Billy Bricknellto nip in and place his shot past Rice. Shamir Mullings laid a pass into the path of Bagasan Graham, who drove his low shot past Rice from the left side of the area.
Further flimsy defending saw the Clarets stretch their lead further.
Robbie Wilmott skipped past three weak tackles to cross for Mullings, who laid it off for Josh Rees to hammer home.
Almost immediately, Mullings lashed home a 25-yard shot.
On 73 minutes Sam Pearce headed a Wilmott cross into his own net to pile on the misery for Borough.
Two minutes later Bricknell headed in the Clarets’ sixth goal as Borough crumbled.
Borough had Bird sent off in the final minutes for an alleged use of an elbow.
Petersfield Town suffered another loss at home to Southern League division one central leaders Royston Town.
The Rams were beset by injuries ahead of the game as Michael Newman and Chris Harvey were handed full debuts at Love Lane.
The visitors took the lead on 23 minutes when John Frendo nodded home Kaan Fehmi’s delicate cross.
The Rams will now look to return to winning ways away to Kidlington next Saturday.
Other results: Bognor 2-1 AFC Sudbury; Lymington Town 3-1 Fareham Town; Bemerton Heath 0-0 AFC Portchester; Horndean 0-1 Blackfield & Langley; Moneyfields 3-1 Bashley.