THE local Baptist Church sponsored Tamworth's match against Nationwide Conferenceleaders Chester City on Saturday, but it would have taken more than divine intervention to halt a rampant City from recording their highest victory of the season.
Chester were back to their majestic best as they comprehensively brushed aside a Tamworth side who had defeated second-placed Hereford United the previous week.
Everyone in the City side played their part in the demolition job, but the main executioner was hat-trick hero Daryl Clare, who is well and truly back to his potent best.
The former Boston United hot-shot has now registered seven goals in his last five outings, and with a little more luck he could have increased that tally further on Saturday.
Clare has been paired with various players over the past few weeks, but he seems to be at his most dangerous when he is partnered by Darryn Stamp.
Stamp's aerial prowess and imposing physique takes the attention of opposing defenders, which in turn creates more space for Clare, which was classically highlighted against the hapless Midlanders.
After Carl Ruffer had given City the lead after 19 minutes, there was only ever going to be one winner.
Ruffer scored at the near post following a pinpoint free kick from McIntyre.
Debutant Carl Regan set up Clare's first, when after 36 minutes he sent a delightful defence splitting ball through, which the in-form striker despatched with ease.
Three minutes into the second period Clare took advantage of good work between McIntyre and Stamp to rattle home the third.
Alex Smith scored a gem of a goal in the 71st minute to make it four, when he dinked the ball over the advancing Brush, who was left berating his absent defenders.
The Staffordshire side earned a little respite in the 73rd minute when substitute Norman Sylla took advantage of some poor marking, but normal service was resumed eight minutes from time when Clare completed his well deserved hat-trick.
The win restored City's four-point lead at the top of the Conference table and City boss Mark Wright was naturally a delighted man.
"It was extremely pleasing to bounce back from last week's setback against Stevenage," he enthused. "I am extremely proud of the lads.
"The players showed great character on a very poor pitch, and the quality of the goals we scored was also extremely encouraging."
CHESTER CITY: McCaldon, Collins, Ruffer, Guyett, Regan, Carey, A Smith (Harris 86), Carden, McIntyre (Bolland 79), Clare (Rapley 86), Stamp. Subs: Davies, Foster.
REFEREE: S Proctor-Green (Lincolnshire).