Hayling were taught a painful lesson by Wessex League premier division leaders Winchester City at the College Ground last night.
Lee Paul’s men were on the receiving end of a 9-0 thrashing by the powerful table-toppers.
The writing was on the wall for the rock-bottom Humbugs after they fell behind early on and trailed 4-0 at the interval.
There was little respite for Hayling in the second half as City cruised to a comfortable win.
‘It was one-way traffic almost from the start,’ said former boss Kev Wright, who is now part of the Humbugs’ backroom staff.
‘We couldn’t stem the tide and it was men against boys.
‘To be fair, though, we did have four players starting a suspension and another couple out injured.’
Dave Carter’s Horndean paid for missed chances as they went down 1-0 to Brading Town at Five Heads Park.
With several of his squad nursing injuries, the Deans boss brought striker Billy Huntley back to lead the line alongside Dan Hayes and Louis Bell.
And while the trio contributed much, they were unable to beat Brading keeper Garry Taye.
Twice, Huntley turned his marker and thumped in efforts that Taye turned aside.
And the keeper’s spectacular point-blank save to deny Hayes on 70 minutes was the signal for his labouring team-mates to lift their game and begin to threaten the Deans for the first time.
Up to that point, the nearest they had come to breaking the deadlock was a long-range effort from Gian Giancarlo.
Torr Spicer came off the bench to partner Huntley and, with skipper Tom Chapman impressing at the back, everything pointed to a Horndean winner.
Taye continued to frustrate the hosts, though, until Richie Sproddles – with no other option other than to try his luck from long distance – did just that and fizzed the ball home.
Horndean: Howard, Chatfield, Perkins, Shepherd, Chapman, Taylor, Warren, Hayes, Huntley, Bell, McKie. Substitutes: Grant, Ferrugia, Spicer, Paxton, Fennimore.