Southampton's B team suffered a heavy defeat away from home in the EFL Trophy, losing 5-0 to League One Northampton Town on Tuesday night.
Joseph Mills, a product of Southampton’s academy, fired Northampton in front inside ten minutes; a deflected free-kick wrong footed Lewis for his second goal in as many EFL Trophy games.
The second Cobblers goal came five minutes shy of the break; Mark Marshall with a curled effort across goal from the left flank giving Saints a mountain to climb.
Benny Ashley-Seal grabbed his first Northampton goal a minute into the second half, volleying past Lewis from the edge of the area, before substitute Caleb Chukwuemeka added a fourth four minutes later.
Ashley-Seal netted his second of the evening and the hosts’ fifth two minutes shy of the hour mark.
Kick-off was delayed by 15 minutes to allow for the pitch to recover from the heavy rainfall prior to the evening’s match-up.
Saints fielded a team with a mixture of youth and experience; Yan Valery and Jake Vokins occupying either flank at full-back, with Kegs Chauke in midfield and Nathan Tella and Ramello Mitchell partnering up top.
But the visitors suffered an early set-back during the warm-ups, with captain Callum Slattery injuring himself during the warm-ups; David Agbontohoma stepping in to replace him.
With the pitch appearing very heavy underfoot, Saints conceded a free kick in a dangerous area very early on.
Mills stepped up and, with a heavy deflection, wrong footed Harry Lewis in the Saints net to give Northampton the lead after just seven minutes.
Not the start Dave Horseman will have wanted from his side, who suffered under considerable waves of Cobblers pressure during the opening minutes.
When Saints did get forward they threatened largely down the right flank, Valery using his agility and pace to beat his men and look to break into the Northampton box.
Tella had the visitors’ first big chance of the game after 20 minutes; latching onto a Jake Hesketh cross field ball and looking to round keeper Jonathan Mitchell, but saw the ball nicked from his feet at the depth.
Hesketh’s delivery continued to prove a problem for Keith Curle’s side; a low, pacey effort from the left going across goal with no one in the Northampton box in a Saints shirt able to convert.
As far as reoccurring threats were concerned, Mills proved just that down the other end for Saints; another set-piece in a similar position forcing an acrobatic Lewis save to turn it behind on 30 minutes.
Horseman’s side certainly grew into the game as the half wore on, Allan Tchaptchet’s header just wide from a corner in the 36th minute proving another glorious chance of the first 45.
But it was a moment of beauty which doubled Northampton’s lead five minutes shy of the break; Marshall curling an effort from the left wing into the far-right corner.
The third came just a minute into the second half, Ashley-Seal volleying in an effort from the edge of the penalty area catching everyone in Blue by surprise.
A fourth Northampton goal followed four minutes later; substitute Chukwuemeka finishing a mazy run into the box with a finish into the bottom corner.
Two minutes shy of the hour mark came a fifth for the Cobblers; Ashley-Seal with his second of the evening converting a low cross from close range in front of the onrushing Lewis.
Saints continue to fight despite the score line being against them; Tella closing down keeper Mitchell on 68 minutes, causing the deflected goal kick to almost turn into his own net.
Whilst the rain proved a distant memory, its effects remained on the pitch as several of the players suffered from the heavy surface as the game wore on.
As a result of this and the one-sided score line, the game quietened down as the final ten minutes neared.
Hesketh, arguably Saints’ most lively outlet on the night, was involved again with eight minutes to go, forcing a strong, low save from Mitchell following a cross goal shot.
It ended 5-0 in favour of the hosts, meaning Horseman’s side can turn their attention back to Premier League 2 with the visit of Blackburn Rovers to Snows Stadium on Sunday 18th October.
Jonathan Mitchell (GK)
Nicky Adams (C)
Shaun McWilliamsJack Sowerby (46′)
Danny RoseCaleb Chukwuemeka (46′)
Harry Lewis (GK)
David AgbontohomaLucas Defise (70′)
Ramello MitchellKazeem Olaigbe (61′)