City suffered a miserable night in West Berkshire as they went down to a sixth National League South defeat in seven games. A Stefan Brown hat-trick and goals from Luke Williams and Warren Bentley eased the in-form home side to a victory at a very wet Bulpit Lane, which moved The Crusaders into fourth place in the table.
But the defeat, City's eighth on the road this season, saw them remain 17th in the table, just five points off the relegation places ahead of this Saturday's trip to ninth-placed Bath City.
Manager Lee Hodges gave a start to Connor Riley-Lowe, who has returned to the club on a second loan spell from Exeter City. But on a very heavy pitch with the rain pouring down, City soon found themselves 1-0 down with Williams scoring after seven minutes and further goals by Bentley (33) and Brown (45) put the game virtually out of sight as the home side went in 3-0 up at the break.
A Brown penalty soon made it 4-0 and he went on to complete his hat-trick a minute from time, to round off an awful night for the visitors who have now conceded 64 goals, the worst record in the league, apart from Gosport Borough who have let in one more.
CITY: Rice; Adelsbury Richards, Pugh, Bentley, Riley-Lowe, Thompson, Sole, Allen, Brett, Neal.
Subs: Afful, Smith, Todd, Knowles, Williams
Referee: Richard Hulme.