IT WAS a day to forget for Crawley as they suffered a 5-3 battering at the hands of Cheltenham.

Harry Kewell's side were well and truly humbled at the Checkatrade Stadium this afternoon, with their goals mere consolations not reflecting the match.

You would struggle to believe the Robins are 15th in League Two with the performance they put in.

They took the lead through left winger Harry Pell, who out-muscled Lewis Young deep in Crawley's half, setting himself up to fire the ball past Glenn Morris in the seventh minute.

Things went from bad to worse for Crawley four minutes later, as Cheltenham top scorer Mohamed Eisa intercepted a Josh Yorwerth pass to break through on goal.

The striker appeared to handball it but nothing was given, and he was sandwiched by Joe McNerney and Morris to win his side a penalty.

Morris save Pell's spot-kick, but only fumbled it back into his path to make it 2-0.

Reds could not get things clicking and the first half was filled with sloppy passing and simple errors.

Their opponents capitalised on it, with Eisa bagging his 21st goal of the season in the 36th minute when he rounded Morris and finished comfortably.

It was 4-0 two minutes into the second half, and Eisa was at it again.

A short corner by Ahearne-Grant to Mark Randall was cut out by Kevin Dawson who pumped it long to Eisa, who once again rounded Morris to finish from a tight angle.

Crawley salvaged some dignity in the second half, with Ahearne-Grant and Panutche Camara netting either side of a Will Boyle header.

Lewis Young popped up with a goal in the 84th minute to make Cheltenham sweat, but the result never really looked in doubt.

Crawley are now five without a win, and their play-off hopes are beginning to fade away as they slip down one place to 14th.