Gosport Borough suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Cinderford Town at Privett Park in the Southern League south & west division.
After being knocked out of the FA Cup last weekend by Wessex League premier division side Moneyfields, Borough were once again disappointing.
‘We didn’t play very well,’ said assistant-manager Mick Catlin.
‘Cinderford were a big, strong side but we expected more of a reaction after last week.
‘We huffed and puffed but lacked quality in the final third, creating only one or two half-chances.
‘I don’t like using injuries as an excuse but we do have a few key players missing.
‘Our squad is big enough that other players should be able to come in and make a difference but it is not happening.’
The visitors took the lead after 26 minutes.
Gav Jones was caught out of position and the ball was squared back for a simple tap-in.
It was game over on the hour as Cinderford doubled their lead with a far-post header.
The only real danger to the visitors came when the Cinderford goalkeeper almost punched the ball into his own net.
Justin Bennett had a couple of half-chances but Borough rarely looked like getting back in it and left the field to the boos of the home supporters.
‘We don’t have a game for two weeks now so that will give us a chance to get some more of our players back fit,’ said Catlin.
‘When we get them back then we look a decent side and should be able to get back up to speed.’