United Services skipper Lee Carroll did not mince his words as he assessed his side’s Southern Electric Premier League division two defeat to Paultons as ‘garbage’.
Seamer Josh Collighan picked up four wickets for 53 as Paultons reached 256 for six.
But US then served up a woeful batting display as they were rolled out for just 98 to go down to a 158-run mauling.
Carroll said: ‘We were just garbage – simple as that really.
‘We had them 45 for four after Josh Collighan knocked their top three over.
‘He bowled really well and was really hard to play as he was seaming it both ways. He has put on a yard of pace over the winter and we’ve got high hopes for him.
‘But even though they put on a good partnership and got a decent total, we still fancied our chances of winning as it was a good batting pitch.
‘Unfortunately, we played some pretty ordinary cricket in our innings. It was really poor.’
Only Jack Reed (27) stuck around for any length of time as wickets fell at regular intervals.
Carroll said: ‘We lost Andrew Ainsley to the first ball of the innings.
‘John Hadfield did his hamstring in the field and couldn’t bat, so it was just one of those days where everything went a bit wrong.’
Chris Rait, Dominic and Damian Carson all missed the clash.
And Carroll admits his side are struggling to cope without three important players as they languish in the lower regions of the table.
He said: ‘It’s been a bit of a frustrating start to the season as we haven’t been able to get our strongest side out yet.
‘We haven’t had our top three play together yet.
‘We are bowling quite well but we should have a couple of those players back next week.
‘That will make a massive difference to us.’