Pinchbeck United are beaten by Rothwell Corinthians in the Kingfisher Lighting United Counties League Cup
Pinchbeck United manager Lewis Thorogood felt his side showed a lack of interest at times as they suffered a second successive defeat in the Kingfisher Lighting United Counties League Cup campaign on Saturday.
The Knights went down to a 2-0 home defeat to Rothwell Corinthians in their second group match at the Sir Halley Stewart ground.
While the Pinchbeck boss was able to take some positives from last week's opening game reversal against Harborough and the midweek friendly outing against Wisbech Town, he was less than impressed with the display of his youthful charges on Saturday.
Thorogood said: "It was poor - there is really no other way of putting it.
"There was a lack of tempo, energy, desire and willingness to win the first and second balls.
"I can't take any positives out of it. Step five football is unforgiving and is a physical game and respect to Rothwell because they have come and done a job on us.
"With every team we have played so far, I have looked at it and thought there isn't anything there which we can't go on and challenge.
"But with the best will in the world if we are not prepared to put the work-rate and effort in and do the basics then we are not going to get anywhere.
"We had worked on Tuesday night about having an identity and trying to play out from the back when the time was right and looked to get the ball from back to front quickly.
"We did that quite well on Tuesday but, from my perspective and on a really good playing surface as well, we should have been able to move the ball quickly on Saturday.
"We have got young and athletic lads, but they looked heavy and at times we were disinterested which for me is a concern.
"If they are in for this journey, and it is going to be a long one, then that's great but, if they're not, they need to tell me now."
The Knights couldn't have got off to a worst possible start as Rothwell roared forward from kick-off and scored within the opening 15 seconds when Nathan Bobowicz burst into the home box and placed his shot beyond Pinchbeck goalkeeper Ben Martin.
Bobowicz then sent a free header wide when well placed before Aiden Ginns cut inside and sent another shot narrowly over the home goal.
A last-ditch tackle from Dan Worthington then prevented Bobowicz from making another dangerous raid on the home goal before Dominic Paige headed over when well-placed from Lewis Burgess' long throw into the Knights' box.
The visitors should have scored their second goal midway through the opening half when Bobowicz was denied by Martin from close range with the keeper then being able to stop Aaron Campton's scrambled follow-up before the ball crossed the line.
Elliott Burrell clipped a shot wide of the far post for the hosts who were then saved by the crossbar following Burgess' header from Dodzi Agbenu's free-kick.
Agbenu then spurned another good opportunity after winning a challenge with Martin only to shoot wide with the goal at his mercy.
Rothwell then survived what would prove to be their only scare of the rest of the game as goalkeeper Ashley Bodycote spilled a Nathan Stevens free-kick but the visitors rearguard reacted first to scramble clear.
Rothwell continued on the offensive after the break and Martin made a smart stop to thwart Agbenu after the Corinthians striker had burst clear while Paige turned an effort over the home crossbar from close range.
A second Rothwell goal seemed inevitable and it arrived after 64 minutes when Ginns latched onto a fine pass forward before baring down on goal and firing home across Martin and into the far corner of the home net.
Pinchbeck never looked like being able to respond and Rothwell could have increased their advantage at the half wore on.
Martin tipped over a shot from distance with Campton going close from the resultant corner while Paige twice saw efforts go narrowly wide.
Ginns then went close with a back post header in injury-time as Rothwell remained in control to secure their second successive group victory.
Pinchbeck: Martin, Stevens, Burkitt, Fixter, Worthington, Moyses, Burrell, Melson, Moss, Jepson, Kacirek. Subs all used: Oldham, Waby, Bell.
Rothwell: Bodycote, Reed, Mastropierro, Campton, Burgess, B Johnson, Ledgeway, Paige, Agbenu, Bobowicz, Ginns. Subs all used: Adams, Hale, Robinson, T Johnson.