Corby Town became only the second side this season to suffer defeat at the hands of already-relegated Hinckley United as they were thrashed 6-3 at the Greene King Stadium.
The Knitters, whose season has been ruined by financial problems and numerous thumpings on the pitch, recorded their first victory in the Blue Square Bet North since beating Boston United way back on August 25.
The defeat for the Steelmen means they remain in the thick of the relegation battle as they are now nine points clear of third-from-bottom Colwyn Bay who have three games in hand.
A dreadful night for Chris Plummer’s men saw them trail 4-0 in the first half as Jack Lane fired home an early penalty before Liam Canavan made it 2-0 soon after.
Luke Richards’ superb long-range lob over Paul Walker made it 3-0 and it was four when Harvey Headley flicked on a free-kick.
Tom McGowan pulled one back and the Steelmen started the second half well with Gary King grabbing his sixth goal in five games from the penalty spot after Jason Crowe had been brought down.
And when McGowan grabbed his second of the game to make it 4-3, a comeback looked to be on the cards.
But Hinckley responded a minute later when Richards’ shot hit a bobble and beat Walker and the game as up with eight minutes to go when Richards completed his hat-trick to round off one of the shock results of the season.
It means Corby have taken just one point from their two games against the division’s bottom two sides after only being able to manage a 2-2 draw at Droylsden, who visit Colwyn Bay on Tuesday night, at the weekend.
A busy week continues for Plummer’s men on Thursday night as they face a tough trip to play-off chasing FC Halifax.
Steelmen line-up: Walker, Crowe, Webb, Abalimba, Galinski, Piergianni, Semple, Wedderburn, McGowan, King, Moreman. Subs: Malone, Kaziboni, Ives, Greer, Vieira.
Goals: Lane pen (4 mins, 1-0), Canavan (5 mins, 2-0), Richards (25 mins, 3-0), Headley (35 mins, 4-0), McGowan (37 mins, 4-1), King pen (53 mins, 4-2), McGowan (60 mins, 4-3), Richards (61 mins, 5-3), Richards (82 mins, 6-3).