May & Baker were given a reality check by Brightlingsea Regent Reserves after falling to a disappointing defeat on Friday night.
Baker's found it hard to get going and were behind in the 8th minute when a long throw was cleared but the ball was put back into the box and left a Regent player unmarked at the back post to head home.
Regent had the chance to double their lead 2 minutes later when a through ball left the striker one on one with Jack O'Connor, who was starting due to number 1 Frankie Worboyes being unavailable, but the goalkeeper stood up well and put in an excellently timed tackle to deny a second goal.
Baker's were slow to get started and they were being restricted to shots from distance and Kane Messenger stung the hands of the home goalkeeper from 25 yards out.
Regent could have extended their lead again but O'Connor saved well again before Jonathan Ogunsanya cleared off the line. O'Connor came to Baker's rescue again turning an effort beyond the post from 20 yards out.
Undeservedly Baker's found themselves level at the break, Carl Patten released Kai Warren down the right hand side. He turned back inside and crossed the ball for Ben Saunders to head home.
Regent were awarded a penalty early in the second half after O'Connor fouled the striker when one on one and he was sent the wrong way to make it 2-1.
Baker's had a great chance to level immediately when Patten & Warren burst through but the Regent defence recovered and the ball was cleared away. Patten then had a chance but his effort was well saved and 5 minutes later Regent scored again to put the game to bed. O'Connor saved the free kick but the follow up was deflected beyond him and into the net.
Baker's then had a couple of chances to get back into the game when Warren volleyed narrowly wide before substitute Daniel Barth hit a free kick against the base of the post before Darren Seymour's follow up effort was well saved.
Jack O'Connor then produced a superb double save to keep the score line respectable before the final whistle.