SHERBORNE Town assistant manager Neil Waddleton has refused to "point fingers" at players following their weekend drubbing, urging them to bounce back at Shrewton United on Saturday.
The Dorset outfit suffered a 7-1 thumping at Bradford Town in Toolstation Western League Division One as they fell to just their second loss of the season.
Waddleton said it would be foolish to blame individuals on an afternoon to forget and encouraged the Raleigh Grove outfit to learn from the experience.
"They took their goals when they had their opportunities," he said. "We probably made more little mistakes over the course of 90 minutes than we have in the season so far and we were punished.
"It was a bad day at the office, we know we don't become a bad side overnight and we have now got to regroup and move on.
"If you get beaten 3-1, 4-1 or 5-1 you can start pointing fingers but on the back of a 7-1 defeat you just have to dust yourself down. If you look at any level of football there are freak results and if you look at the results in the league, everyone is beating everyone.
"The margin was a surprise but hopefully it won't happen again and we can learn and move on to the next game. Nothing went our way on the day and as a team we can all put our hands up and say nobody came out with any credit.
"There were so many individual errors. People are going to make mistakes on one or two occasions but we couldn't legislate for our mistakes.
"The week before against Roman Glass St George we played extremely well and enjoyed it but this week we have got to lose as a team as well."
Sherborne thought they had twice broken the deadlock only for the officials to decide otherwise. With just minutes on the clock, the visitors believed they had got the ball over the line but a goal was not awarded.
Soon after the Bradford keeper fouled a Sherborne man, tumbled over a heap of players and knocked the ball in himself. However, the referee halted play for an infringement on the stopper in the build-up.
Despite the heavy defeat, they still have a goal difference of 12, with anything up to eight games in hand over league rivals after their FA Vase exploits forced postponements.
Waddleton added: "It was a kick up the backside and a reality check. We know that we will get things wrong and if we do make mistakes we will get punished."
MERE Town continue to set the pace in the Dorset County League Senior Division. They beat Portland United Reserves 2-1 to go ten points clear at the top.
Sam Farthing's second half hat-trick ensured the points remained in Yeovil when Westland Sports beat Stourpaine 3-0.
Gillingham Town's Toolstation Western League Premier Division meeting with top flight strugglers Barnstaple Town was postponed at 2pm on Saturday, with Hardings Lane deemed waterlogged.
Adrian Foster's men were scheduled to host Sherborne Town in the Dorset Senior Cup at the second time of asking on Tuesday night.