Horndean boss Dave Carter accused his players of ‘being on the beach’ as they slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Hamworthy United in the Wessex League premier division.
The visitors fell away after a decent opening 20 minutes and were well beaten by the end.
‘We didn’t turn up and I think a lot of the players were mentally on the beach,’ said Carter.
‘It was our poorest performance for a long time and we made them look a lot better than they were.
‘We did the wrong things at the wrong time in the wrong areas and were punished for it.’
Hamworthy broke the deadlock after 20 minutes when Horndean gave the ball away in a poor area, and another mistake saw them add a second goal soon afterwards.
Horndean were hardly a threat and the home side coasted to their win.
‘We must look to raise our standard because that isn’t good enough,’ said Carter.
Fareham Town’s youngsters stormed to a 6-2 win at Totton & Eling, with hat-tricks from Wayne Boud and Rob Tambling.
The Reds showed great character after falling behind twice early on to bounce back for an impressive away success.
‘We played some very good football in an end-to-end game,’ said Reds boss Matt Parr.
‘The players showed a lot of character and we dominated the second half.
‘It was a great reward for Wayne Boud who stayed with us in the summer and didn’t leave for money elsewhere. There were three 16-year-olds in our squad again and we are doing a lot better than expected.’
Although the side contains a lot of youngsters, 29-year-old John Stevens was the key to the win with an outstanding midfield performance, providing experience and steadiness at crucial times.
All of Boud’s hat-trick came from the penalty spot, with Town awarded four spot-kicks in all.
Tambling converted the final one to complete his hat-trick.
Moneyfields boss Miles Rutherford believes his side are facing a crisis of confidence after they lost 2-0 at Downton.
‘Our two front men, Steve Hutchings and Jake Slater, have hit a lean spell after being very influential in our early success,’ said Rutherford.
‘When they are not firing well, we hardly look a threat.
‘We did alright in the first half, then got hit by a sucker-punch five minutes into the second half.
‘We pushed forward after that and got caught again chasing the game.
‘All we need is a win and I am sure the confidence will return.
‘We just need to score a goal and get in front.’
Hayling United battled to a 0-0 draw against Lymington Town in the New Forest.