Injured Spalding captain Harry Brown and Harry Winch have united in a call for their team-mates to “regroup and show some discipline”.
Town travel to Melbourne on Saturday, rock bottom of Midlands Two East (North) with no wins from five league games.
But up until their defeat to Matlock at Memorial Field last weekend, Spalding had shown no signs of being “spanked”, according to Winch who will keep the captain’s armband, subject to the availability of vice-captain Tom Duerden.
Winch said: “I came back to my old club thinking I could have a bit of fun.
“But the results aren’t going our way, even though we’ve had a lot of close games and not been spanked.
“We’re missing discipline and little things like respect where, if we’re stuck in our 22, we get out and then give away a penalty for something stupid.
The fact is we’ve not had a win in five games and so we need to regroup because we’re still making too many rash decisionsSpalding captain Harry Brown
“I’m getting a bit bored with us saying what should have been, would have been and could have been.
“As soon as we get our first win that’s when I think we’ll turn it around because the more you win, the more players will come down to training.”
But the non-availability of Brown through injury, wingers George Douglas and Tom Winch, centre Adam McHugh and prop Jacob Hutson makes Town’s task of beating second-placed Melbourne in Derbyshire an almighty one.
Brown said: “The problem we’ve got is continuity and that is killing us at the moment.
“It’s always hard to get motivated for the following week after a defeat and probably the defeat against Kesteven wasn’t a brilliant step forward for us.
“The fact is we’ve not had a win in five games and so we need to regroup because we’re still making too many rash decisions.
“We’ve got to go back basics and think that territory is important.
“There’s no team that we should be frightened of and every single game is a winnable one for us.
“It’s just about the attitude of the lads and putting a side out every week.”