Spalding Rugby Club skipper Harry Sharman has called on his side to show more desire if they want to climb off the bottom of Midlands One East.
Spalding began well against Mansfield last weekend but a late collapse saw them lose 50-24 and they face a difficult trip to mid-table Market Rasen & Louth on Saturday.
Injuries rule out Jay Harwood and Sion Williams, while Ben Hoyles is a doubt, and skipper Sharman is not due back until early next month.
He said: “We let ourselves down against Mansfield. The injuries didn’t help and you lose confidence when you are struggling, but we need to show more desire.
“We worked extremely hard to win promotion last season and it is a shame to see us rolling over too easily.
“I didn’t expect us to win every game in this higher division but I thought we would at least put up a fight and get the odd win.
“I will be fit early next month, but one player won’t make the difference so we all need to show the desire to stay up.”