Horndan’s top-10 Wessex League premier division ambitions were badly dented as they crashed to a 4-2 defeat against Brockenhurst in the New Forest tonight.
Manager Dave Carter was left frustrated by his team’s poor defending and inconsistency.
‘It was all down to our dreadful defending,’ said Carter.
‘Brockenhurst played with one up front and he ended up with a hat-trick.
‘Our decision making was poor and we are so up and down at the moment we are unbelievable.
‘We are either a very strong outfit or like tonight we are very vulnerable.
‘In the first half, we had five decent chances and didn’t take any of them.’
Horndean fell behind after just three minutes when a long ball was allowed to bounce and goalkeeper Derek Harding was caught off his line.
Harding then made two or three good saves to ensure that the home side didn’t extend their lead before half-time.
Brockenhurst added two more goals after the break before Chamal Fenelon hit back in dramatic fashion to reduce the arrears.
The big powerful striker, on loan from Conference South Staines Town, cut in from the flank and rocketed a shot into the top corner of the net.
When Nathan Paxton knocked in the rebound after the home keeper parried another Fenelon thunderbolt the visitors looked like salvaging something from the game.
Instead, with three minutes left, a foul inside the area gifted Brockenhurst with a penalty to end the fightback.
‘We thought their first goal after half-time was six yards offside and that was a real kick in the teeth,’ said Carter.
‘Then we allowed their lad to run through three or four tackles to score another.
‘Their penalty came after a poor throw-in allowed them to clear their lines and launch a counter-attack.
‘Our lad left his foot in to give away the penalty and that killed us off.’
Elsewhere, in the Puma Engineering Hampshire Premier League, Lenny Burney’s double and a Danny Rimmer strike saw Baffins Milton Rovers to a 3-1 home win over AFC Stoneham.
Clanfield slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Liphook United.