Godmanchester Rovers are in danger of becoming unpredictably predictable.
Matt Clements’ men were comprehensive Boxing Day winners as they breezed to a 5-1 success at Newmarket Town in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division.
It was the second time Rovers have delivered a terrific response to a surprise defeat in the past month.
Michael Hyem handed Rovers the perfect start after just 13 seconds and they took command with a quick double-strike just before the half-hour.
Taylor Parr doubled their advantage before top-scorer James Hall got in on the act.
Tom Spark added a fourth in the second half and captain Parr, now operating in a midfield role, found the net for the second time before the hosts hit a late consolation.
Boss Clements said: “As poor as we were against FC Clacton in our previous game, we were good in this one.
“We got off to a great start and never looked back. It wouldn’t have flattered us if we had scored 10.
“We gave the lads the chance to correct the wrongs and they did it.”
Full-back Jonny Hall returned to the Rovers side for the first time since September after being overseas while goalkeeper Niall Conroy returned from a somewhat shorter absence with a back problem.
The victory lifted Rovers back into third place but worryingly – given their recent form pattern at least – they host a struggling team in their next fixture when Swaffham visit the David Wilson Homes Ground on January 2.