STRUGGLING Stafford Rangers could not have wished for a better start, taking the lead against visiting Matlock Town after just 13 seconds.
But it all ended in misery again for the second bottom team as they conceded a first half penalty and two early second half goals.
Rangers, looking to bounce back after the previous weekend's 2-0 defeat at Frickley, were ahead before some spectators had taken their seats.
Home striker Danny Quinn dispossed Matlock defender Lee Featherstone and fed Jermaine Johnson, who fired past keeper Jon Kennedy from 12 yards.
But the visitors levelled on 22 minutes when Rangers defenders Lucan Spittle and Oliver Davies 'sandwiched' Martin Foster in the area and the referee awarded a spot kick, put away by Darryl Thomas.
Rangers responded just before the break when newcomer Ed Toner saw his long range effort palmed aside by Kennedy, but only to Johnson whose follow up was tipped over by the keeper.
It was early in the second period when Matlock hit Rangers with two goals in as many minutes.
On 56 minutes, Davies failed to cut out a long clearance and Lavelle White flicked the ball over home keeper Jon Brain before adding the finishing touch.
White struck again soon after, cutting in from the left to beat Brain with a rising shot that found the far corner of the net.
Next up for Rangers is an away league trip to Worksop Town on Wednesday (7.45). Full report on www.staffordshirenewsletter.co.uk on Thursday morning.