Spalding captain says side were let down by individual errors and loss of team ethic
Spalding first XVs' captain Dan Adams blamed his side's defeat at Bourne on an individualistic attitude by some of his team-mates.
The Elephants took an early lead at Bourne through Taylor Crowson's try, only for the form that saw them beat former league leaders Stockwood Park and Stamford in consecutive matches to desert them.
Adams said: "I don't want to take anything away from Bourne because they are a very on-form side and they deserved to win.
"But we didn't convert when we should have, especially when we had a two-men advantage on the pitch at one point.
"Instead, one of our players who saw that advantage didn't capitalise on it.
"It was a game where we were punished for our own errors against Bourne who are playing well.
"They have started their season in form from the off and have stayed within the top three throughout, so we knew that we were underdogs coming into the game.
"Ultimately, it came down to key decisions which maybe didn't go our way.
"There were a few times when we felt a bit hard done by, but you can't rely on the referee to win games.
"We had to do our bit individually on the pitch and Bourne played really well as a team, communicating and getting behind each other.
"The frustration set in for us and certain individuals lost sight of the game plan.
"We've got a lot to work on this week and we need to make sure that we play as a group, not as individuals."
Ex-Spalding captain and flanker Ryan Chappell said: "We were unlucky today, but we were beaten by a good side in Bourne who have a good set of forwards.
"It's a local derby so it was always going to be tough, but Bourne probably wanted it a little bit more than us.
"There are some young lads in the Spalding team who need some older heads around them so that we can try to keep possession in attack.
"We had Bourne on the back foot at times, but we tried to do a bit too much to work the ball a little bit more than we needed to.
"Now we just need to be a bit more consistent in training and, hopefully, we'll bounce back against Daventry next week."
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