Four goals in a devastating 10-minute spell condemned Aylesbury United to a 4-2 defeat away at Uxbridge on Tuesday evening.
Shaun Owens’ fourth minute goal had given the Ducks a 1-0 lead at half-time but four Uxbridge goals inside the first 15 minutes of the second half was too much to come back from despite Stacey Field’s late strike.
Already without strikers Lewis Putman and Jason Blackett, United’s squad was further decimated by the late arrival of Field, Jesse Waites and Zack Reynolds, meaning a debut for 16-year-old Alex Little.
However, despite their problems, Aylesbury made a bright start and were ahead inside four minutes when Little’s pass found Owens, who powered a 30-yard shot in off the post.
Uxbridge sought an immediate response with Craig Tomkins denied by a fine save from goalkeeper Tahj Bell before Kevin Warner could only shoot wide when well-placed.
Although United survived further pressure, their slender half-time lead was to be wiped out in spectacular fashion in a crazy 15-minute period at the start of the second half.
Danny Julienne pulled Uxbridge level on 49 minutes with a thumping close-range effort before Tomkins put the hosts ahead four minutes later.
Matt Woods and Kevin Warner also netted before the hour-mark which virtually sealed victory, although Field fired home a last-minute consolation for United.
Aylesbury, who have dropped to 15th in Division One Central of the Southern League, face another difficult task this weekend when they travel to in-form Rugby Town, who are currently on a seven-game winning streak.