Fareham Town decided to ‘shape up’ and answer manager Matt Parr’s criticism in style as they cruised to a 6-0 win at 10-man Laverstock & Ford.
Parr challenged his players to ‘shape up or ship out’ before the game – and they responded in a positive fashion.
Skipper Graham Lindsey led by example with four goals, with Nathan Kirby and Jimmy Cuthbert also getting in on the scoring act.
‘I must admit I gave the players a bit of a grilling but they responded by taking responsibility,’ said Parr.
‘They were as disappointed as the rest of us by recent poor results and changed it around on the pitch.
‘The players are just as determined as we are not to let the rest of the season fizzle out.
‘Our captain Graham (Lindsey) is a man of few words but he lets his actions on the pitch do the talking.
‘He did what he does best and that is put the ball in the net.’
Kirby started the rout after 12 minutes and when Lindsey was hauled down clear through on goal the home side were reduced to 10 men.
Cuthbert added a second goal with a fine volley before Lindsey began his personal onslaught before the break.
Lindsey added a second-half hat-trick to take his tally to 39 goals for the season.