Buckingham Town manager Chris Robson labelled his team’s performance in their 3-0 defeat to Potton United on Tuesday as “totally unacceptable”.
The Robins, who were targeting a fourth straight victory, produced a disjointed display as the home side ran out deserved winners. The defeat sees Town down to 14th in UCL Division One.
Robson said afterwards: “It was a very disappointing night for us and we got we deserved.
“From the first whistle, we didn’t fancy it and that hurts. To see them cross the white line and start strolling around thinking they are good enough to just turn up and make it happen, it is very disappointing.
“We had a big chat about this before Saturday’s game and they went out against Bourne and worked their socks off.
“After the game you think the penny has finally dropped and we can push on with this level of work-rate and determination to win games. It is totally unacceptable that 48 hours later we put in a performance like tonight.”
Potton looked the hungrier outfit from the off on Tuesday as they caused Buckingham all sorts of problems in the opening stages with a shaky visiting defence finding themselves under constant pressure.
The hosts had a number of chances to take the lead, while Drew Mitten, Joel McCormick and Andy Cleere went close for the Robins, but it came as no surprise when Gary Carter gave Potton a 1-0 half-time lead.
Town began the second period well and they had a golden chance to equalise when Mitten selflessly squared to McCormick, who was free in the box, but the pass was slightly over hit and McCormick’s strike was tipped over the bar by the Potton ‘keeper.
Moments later Cleere was also denied by the home goalkeeper before Buckingham were made to pay for the wastefulness when goals from Cortney Broughton and Callum Forster wrapped up victory for Potton.
Robson added: “Some of the lads have to have a hard look at themselves as when the going gets tough and things aren’t going their way they just give up and hide instead of rolling their sleeves up and giving their all.
“I don’t know how many more times I have to say it to them or how many more times we will get beat by a team who just works hard for them to realise that in this division hard work and determination has to come before anything.
“Credit to Potton tonight as they wanted it a lot more than us. They worked hard for each other, and made sure they won every 50/50 ball. They didn’t cry or winge to the officials when they didn’t get a decision, and their willingness to put their bodies on the line for each other is something our lads can learn a lot from.”
On Saturday, Drew Mitten’s eighth league goal of the season was enough to earn Buckingham a 1-0 victory over Bourne Town.
The Robins entertain St Neots Town Youth & Saints this weekend.