Moulton Harrox are beaten by Oakham United in Peterborough League Premier Division match
Joint boss Bobby Patterson admitted his Moulton Harrox side had pressed the self-destruct button in Saturday's away defeat at Oakham United.
Harrox had looked well-placed for victory in the Peterborough League Premier Division clash when they took a two-goal lead in the first half of the match at Lands' End Meadow.
However, Oakham halved the deficit on the stroke of half-time and then scored three times without reply in the second period to send Moulton to their fifth league loss of the campaign.
Patterson said: "If you wanted a video on how a team self-destructs then that would be it on Saturday.
"We completely let ourselves down because for 43 minutes we were in control of the match.
"Oakham had worked hard but it was probably the most comfortable we have been for six or seven weeks.
"We switched off just before half-time and they got a goal so we have gone from being sky high to deflated.
"Football is a confidence game and it was demonstrated on Saturday that when the going gets tough then you need to come out and stand up and we didn't.
"I am being brutally honest and we just fell apart and allowed them to take control of the game. We had a fight on our hands when they scored just before half-time and we didn't stand up to it."
Harrox - buoyed by their county cup last weekend - had began brightly against a Oakham side who are managed by former Holbeach United boss Seb Hayes.
They took the lead when the lively Dec Earth cut inside and rifled home a superb finish into the top corner of the Oakham net.
Earth continued to cause plenty of problems for the home side and from another dangerous raid on the Oakham goal he saw his effort saved with Alfie Woodward converting the rebound to double Harrox's lead.
Moulton continued to look the more threatening of the two teams but just before half-time allowed a cross to be sent into their box where Kieran Pledger volleyed home Oakham's first goal at the back post.
It was the perfect boost for Oakham who then changed their shape at the break and seized the initiative to level the contest just before the hour mark.
They then hit the front for the first time as Moulton goalkeeper Brendan Taylor saw his headed clearance go straight to Cameron Brookes who fired a well-executed finish into the net.
Oakham sealed their win from the penalty spot when Dalius Kisla was pulled up for a hand-ball after sliding in to block a cross.
A similar incident then occurred at the other end but Moulton's appeals were waved away as the Rutland side safely negotiated the final stages to condemn Harrox to a defeat that sees them drop to sixth place in the table.
Patterson added: "If we score first then nine times out of 10 then we will go on and win the game, but we just completely threw it in on Saturday.
"It isn't like us which is the frustrating thing and ultimately the players have to take responsibility.
"The minimum you have to give is a bit of effort but the way we fell apart shouldn't be happening.
"Once we fell behind, we weren't coming back and that isn't right and you do feel a bit let down."
Harrox will now be aiming to get to winning ways when they travel to 11th-placed Leverington Sports this weekend.
Patterson continued: "As hard as Oakham battled then Leverington will be just the same. We know what they have been like over the past 30 years and it is always a real battle.
"The lads will need to show us more because points just don't get given to teams."
Harrox have been handed a tough home draw in the next round of the Lincolnshire Junior Cup.
They will host Lincolnshire League title favourites Lincoln Moorlands in the fourth round clash that takes place at Broad Lane on Saturday, December 4.