ECCLESHALL slipped further down the North West Counties First Division table when they were on the wrong end of a 6-0 drumming by Atherton Collieries.
Dean Sibson’s side went into this match missing four regulars although they had an early chance when Tom Swann fired over and both sides were playing some good football in the early stages.
On 17 minutes, Atherton took the lead when Karl Atherton ran clear and his cross was only partly blocked by Eccleshall goalkeeper Ashley Woodhouse and Brad Cooke was on hand with the final touch.
Eccleshall searched for an equaliser but after an Alex McMilan effort was saved by Joe Brobbin they went further behind on 21 minutes when Charlie Stoker went through on his own to beat Woodhouse.
The same player missed an easy chance minutes later before Paul Atherton put Collieries three up.
Eccleshall almost pulled one back when Mark Hall hit the bar and then Jack Warren had a good header saved but the half finished with Atherton on top.
Manager Dean Sibson made three changes for the second half but Atherton continued to press forward.
On 60 minutes, it was 4-0 when a cross from the left was powerfully headed home by Chris Lawton.
Soon later, the Eagles were five down when Stoker scored his second with a header.
Cooke scored his second on 77 minutes before Andy Hadzik and then Warren again brought two good saves from Brobbin.
A bad day at the office for the Eagles, who now look to their FA Vase match against Alvechurch who lie second in the Midlands Alliance League.
Eccleshall AFC also coneeded six goals but put up more of a fight in their 6-4 defeat against AFC Leek Town in the Staffs County Senior League
The Eagles were leading 2-0 at half time but collapsed in the second half their goals coming from Dan Jones (2), Nathan Dyer and Lewis Martin with former player Mitchell Lovatt scoring for Leek.
On Saturday, Eccleshall are away in the FA Vase to Alvechurch with a 3pm kick off and Eccleshall AFC are away to Kidsgrove Athletic in the Staffs County Senior League with a 2.30pm kick off.