Louis Dodds and Justin Richards claimed hat-tricks to trounce woeful Morecambe 7-2, but Port Vale's return to form came too late to make the play-offs.
Vale, who had failed to score more than twice in any home league game this season, rattled in four before the break, including a brace for the previously out of touch Justin Richards.
Dodds opened the floodgates with a 16-yard shot in the 17th minute before Marc Richards registered his 20th of the campaign with a lob over Barry Roche four minutes later.Phil Jevons buried a 20-yard shot to pull one back in the 32nd minute, but hopes of a comeback were extinguished when Justin Richards raced clear to round Roche in the 41st minute and then fired in a rising shot in stoppage time.
Vale continued to attack at will in the second-half and some comical defending led to Dodds rattling in his second in the 58th minute.
And it became embarrassing for Morecambe when Dodds curled in a terrific left-foot shot to complete his hat-trick after picking up a short corner from Morsy in the 70th minute.
Morecambe substitute James Spencer poked in a consolation strike from close range 12 minutes from time, but Justin Richards side-footed his third in added time.