Winslow United manager Scott Reynolds says his side must regroup and work harder than ever following their difficult start to the season.
United currently sit bottom of the South Midlands League Division Two table with just one point from six games.
Their latest defeat came on Saturday when they took a threadbare squad down to face Hatfield Town for their sixth successive away fixture.
Afterwards, Reynolds said: “It’s another difficult result to swallow. The lads who were available gave their all and for an hour looked like we would take something from the game.
“Goals change games and once the second goal went in, our confidence, momentum and energy levels were sapped.
“We had over 10 players unavailable for today. Some reasons acceptable, injuries and work commitments for example. However, some of the others are harder to come to terms with.
“At this level you have to be committed to training twice a week and playing every game, whatever the team or the individuals form.
“We have a week off from games now, and it’s time to reflect on our poor start, regroup, possibly recruit, and work hard in some seriously important training sessions before taking on Mursley in the next round of the County Cup.
“Nobody said this season was to be easy, and we are showing signs of improvement. It’s very fine margins in this division and mistakes at either end can win or lose you a game in an instant.”
Several reserve players were drafted into the squad to face Hatfield along with new signing Martin Dyer.
The game started slowly as set-pieces dominated the opening quarter with the home side coming closest when the Hatfield striker shot straight at Winslow goalkeeper Tom Weymes.
Winslow went close through James Bishop’s spectacular scissor kick, but it was Hatfield who took a lead into half-time when Steve Harper tapped in a cross.
From the first minute of the second half, Hatifled took control and seemed intent on securing the game as they doubled the lead on the hour-mark through Gary Warn before goals from Christiano Neto and Aaron Lewis sealed victory.