An Ipswich side, who had five of their goals netted by Josh Mayhew, run rampant against Haverhill on their home territory to inflict the worst defeat on their opponents for more than 20 years.
It all started going wrong for the hosts on 17 minutes, Sam Holmes bringing down Mayhew and the latter stepping up to score from the spot kick. With half an hour gone Mayhew’s second was in the bag, substitute Darcy De’Ath’s cross from just advanced of the right corner of the area leaving his team mate with a free header just past the penalty spot his header left goalkeeper Jack Cherry scrambling as it found the far right bottom corner of the net.
Haverhill made it 2-1 three minutes later, Oliver Stevenson’s header seeing him net his first goal for the first team after Marc Abbott’s excellent free kick, but Mayhew’s first half 18 minute hat trick was completed when he fired in low and past Cherry after some poor defending on 35 minutes.
60 seconds later it was 4-1 to the away side, Mayhew scoring from 25 yards out after a defence splitting ball from the left. Six minutes into first half added time Matthew Mackenzie got in on the act, his shot after being left with too much space just forward of the left corner of the area going past the despairing hand of Cherry and into the far bottom corner.
Darrius Laws netted after Cherry had saved a free kick on 56 minutes to make it 6-1, Perry Moody unfortunately chesting the ball into his own net when given no other option under pressure from a cross from the right on 62.
The final goal of the evening came on 70 minutes, Martyn Farrant bringing down Luke Read in the area and Mayhew scoring his fifth and his second from the penalty spot.
ROVERS : Cherry, Moody, Gardner, Shinn, Farrant, Holmes (P Abbott, 46), O’Brien, Elkins, Sigler (Alleyne, 74), M Abbott, Stevenson (Burr, 79). Sub not used – Newnes.