Moneyfields’ hopes of finishing the season in the top six of the Wessex League premier division took a turn for the worse after a ‘woeful’ 3-0 humbling at Alresford Town.
And for those fans who ventured to the picturesque surroundings of Arlesbury Park to support the Copnor-based club, they would have to agree with manager Miles Rutherford’s frank assessment.
Moneys were without Warren Hunt, Owen Elias, Sean Kerridge and Luke Middleton for their trip to north Hampshire.
That forced Rutherford to bring in several promising youngsters.
But the likes of Rob Evans, Conor Bailey, Mike Brown and George Gregory were not given any real encouragement from their senior team-mates who looked to be going through the motions of fulfilling an end-of-season fixture.
Apart from a glorious volley from Bickram Singh that smacked the crossbar late on, Moneyfields never looked capable of pulling back at least a consolation goal for their travelling fans.
Two goals in the opening 28 minutes set the hosts on their way to victory.
Dan Barker headed the first past the dive of keeper Dave Hook, before Simon Everitt tucked in a second from close range.
And whatever Rutherford said to his side during the interval fell on deaf ears as Warren Bentley’s penalty immediately after the restart closed the game out for the home team.
‘I can only describe the display by my side as being very poor – in fact, it was woeful,’ said Rutherford.
‘We made Alresford look to be far better than they really are and they responded and beat us with three goals that we virtually presented to them on a plate.
‘After losing to Brading on Tuesday, this certainly has to be a very disappointing week and we need to get things sorted out before tomorrow night when we travel to meet Hamble ASSC.
‘No excuses, I pick the teams to do a job for the club and I expect every one of them to perform.
‘And when they don’t, it’s up to me to make changes and give others the opportunity to impress.’