Horndean’s downward spiral continued with a straight sets loss away to Cardiff Celts.
The Deans lost for the fourth time in five games, dropping to second bottom of the National League division two south table.
They have not won since facing rivals Team Southampton at the start of the season.
Things seem to have spiralled into a deep and terrible state with the team showing nothing to inspire confidence.
The only consolation in this sorry situation is that the Deans have been fielding a makeshift side.
But they will need to get all their influential players back to avoid getting embroiled in a relegation battle.
Right from the first whistle, hosts Cardiff tormented the Deans’ jittery receivers with a catalogue of jump-float serves.
And when they eventually sorted out their first pass, Cardiff’s setter brought his outside attackers into play to win the opening set 25-18.
Individual errors were the only thing the Deans were consistent in at the start of the second set.
Although they battled on with good blocks and middle attacks from man-of-the-match Willard Hans-Shongue, it was too late to stop Cardiff taking the second set 25-21.
There was some improvement in the third set where Deans skipper Tyler Everrit combined well with up-coming setter Matthew Jackson to offer resistance.
Despite a succession of floating serves from Jakub Chruscicki, Cardiff held tight to seal victory 25-22.
Deans player-coach Nasser Ssemuwemba believes the next fixtures will be crucial.
He said: ‘I do not want to be too critical of the few players who have made themselves available for our last four games.
‘It’s so unfortunate that we’ve not yet been able to field our best team.
‘We are bringing in a few extra bodies and are hoping some of our big players will start filtering back into the team, come next month.
‘It’s sad to say but we’re forgetting about the joy of winning.
‘We desperately need to find ourselves again.
‘We know where we want to be and have to make sure that our results get us there.
‘The next home games will probably define our status in the division.’
The Deans’ hope for better fortunes will start on Saturday, December 12 when they host Arun-VC at Priory School (12.30pm).