Leighton Town’s FA Trophy adventure came crashing down on Tuesday night as they were thumped 5-2 by Leiston in the first qualifying round replay.
After throwing away a 2-0 lead away on Saturday, Town were made to pay by Leiston at Bell Close as the visitors booked their spot in the second qualifying round.
It could have been a different story all together though, as Town took the lead after just seven minutes when Danny Watson beat keeper Danny Gay.
The lead was short lived though as two minutes later, Leon Ottley-Gooch pulled Leiston level.
And the visitors were in the lead by the 13 minute mark as Conor Hubble fired Leiston in front.
Phil Draycott almost equalised for the home team, latching on to Watson’s nod down, but his strike skimmed the top of the bar.
Leiston doubled their lead from the penalty spot 11 minutes before half time when keeper Dan Green brought down Joe Francis in the area. Gareth Heath did the duties to put the visitors 3-1 to the good.
Three minutes after the break, the referee was pointing to the spot again when Mark Bunker was adjudged to have handled in the area - Heath stroking home his second of the night to put the game beyond Leighton.
The home side kept plugging away but to no avail, and found themselves 5-1 down with eight minutes remaining when Tom Winters crashed home another.
Leighton were awarded a penalty of their own - the third of the night - late on when Alvin Rajaram was fouled in the area, earning Blake Saker his marching orders for a second booking. Watson did the duties from the spot, but it was mere consolation as Leiston left comfortable winners.
Leighton are back in action on Saturday, taking on Barton Rovers at Bell Close.