THE May Day signals were really ringing out for Bacup Borough on Saturday as they suffered their heaviest defeat of the season.

Debutant David May looked like having, as manager Brent Peters predicted before the game, an afternoon of puffing on Hamlet cigars playing at the back against Nantwich Town.

But it all went up in smoke after 25 minutes as another former Blackburn Rovers star, Jimmy Quinn, set up the opening goal for Rutter.

Quinn, who resigned as Shrewsbury manager last week, still showed his class at the age of 44 and left Peters fuming that his players were unable to capitalise on the boost former Manchester United star May's presence could have given them.

He said: "David May, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Ryan Giggs or the entire Manchester United treble-winning side wouldn't have been able to do anything when individuals are indisciplined.

"It's bad enough losing the game in the manner we did, and on the day we introduce our high-profile signing, it was a double whammy for me."

After Bacup spurned chances to equalise, Town won another corner on the hour and Scarlett headed past David Felgate.

From this moment on May was pushed forward in the hope he could create an opportunity for Bacup to get back into the game.

But this merely allowed the home side two further goals through Lawton and Newton.

Peters added: "There is no doubt in my mind that once David May gets used to our system and what is required of each and every player he will be a real asset for us.

"This was his first game since his last one for Burnley so his fitness levels will improve."