Joint-manager Graham Drury delivered an honest assessment of Holbeach United’s display at the end of a seven-match unbeaten league run.
The Tigers missed out on a chance to close the gap in one of four games in hand on league leaders AFC Rushden & Diamonds.
Holbeach led 2-1 at home to Cogenhoe United but lost 3-2 , leaving them eight points behind Diamonds at the top of the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League’s Premier Division.
A broken leg suffered by right-back Jonny Allen after nine minutes on Saturday led to a lengthy delay.
Drury said: “Unfortunately these injuries can happen in football at any time.
“Jonny wanted us to carry on and win the game for him. The most disappointing thing is that we didn’t do that.
“No excuses – we got what we deserved.
“Some of the players have to look at themselves. We didn’t look very organised at the back and we left a lot of gaps.
“All three goals conceded were poor from our point of view.
“But it’s one defeat and that was always going to happen at some stage.
“Conditions were not that great for both teams but they had a little bit more about them.
“It’s an opportunity missed and I’m not just talking about the league championship.
“We can’t look too far ahead of ourselves but it’s important to take these big opportunities.
“We thought we could cap off an outstanding month with a victory.
“But instead we have taken off some of our good work from the last 12 games.
“Now we have a massive game in the last 16 of the FA Vase on Saturday.
“We know a little bit about Erith & Belvedere and we will be ready to face them.”