LEE Canoville branded his Boston United side a bunch of schoolboys, after they were taught a lesson at Eastwood.
Two defensive errors allowed the relegation-threatened Badgers to twice take the lead in this New Year’s Day clash.
Twice the Pilgrims fought back, but were unable to earn victory after giving themselves too much of a mountain to climb.
“It’s schoolboy stuff,” said Canoville. “When you’re conceding goals like that it’s very hard to win games, no matter who you’re against.
“We switched off twice and were punished.
“That leaves us needing three goals to win away from home, which is hard to do in any league.”
Eastwood took the lead in the 11th minute after United failed to clear their lines despite several opportunities, leading to Franny Green’s strike being deflected beyond Paul Bastock.
The Pilgrims did draw level from Ian Ross’ stunning 25-yard free kick, his first since his return to the club, nestling in the net seven minutes later.
But as they seemed to haul themselves back into the game, the Badgers were gifted a second goal.
Confusion between Jordan Fairclough and Bastock in the 24th minute saw the defender head beyond his own keeper, offering Jevaise Christie a simple tap-in.
After the break, United pushed on for a second equaliser.
The arrival of Ryan Semple added energy to the attack, and from his 69th-minute cross, in-form Marc Newsham volleyed home from close range.
But instead of pushing on, it was Eastwood who came closest to leading again, Fairclough having to clear a corner off the goal line.
United did, however, have further chances.
Before the deadlock was broken, Ross saw a volley tipped over by Ian Deakin, while Canoville saw a second-healf header scrambled off the line by Josh Burge, seemingly with his hand.
After United had come from 2-0 down to win 4-2 against Eastwood on Boxing day, Newsham thought the Pilgrims were on for adouble.
He said: “We came here confident and wanting the win.
“After winning on Boxing Day, we thought we could come here and get the points.
“They werent great goals (to concede).
“It’s something we’ve got to sort out as we can’t keep giving teams a head start. It’s hard enough at 0-0.”