Boston Town boss Dan Barrett is demanding that his side stop showing the opposition too much respect.
Saturday saw the Poachers go down 2-1 at home to UCL Premier leaders AFC Rushden and Diamonds.
And after being beaten 3-2 by second-placed Yaxley a week earlier, also at the DWB Stadium, Barrett is calling on the squad to get tougher.
“The last two games against teams in and around the top three have shown why why we are in the middle section of the league,” he said.
“Too much respect seems to be given to them because of our opponents’ stature or wage bill.
“We are not a million miles away from kick starting on up the league.”
Tom Lorraine and Adam Confue put the Diamonds 2-0 up before Sam Brown’s own goal in the 77th minute gave the hosts a glimmer of hope.
Town will be looking to return to winning ways on Saturday when they travel to face struggling Harborough Town - who have won just four of their 21 matches in the UCL Premier and sit in 19th spot.
Boston, in 14th, have won six matches, but have played four matches less than Harborough.
“We have a few difficult games coming up as they are against teams in and around us,” added Barrett, who wants his side to return to their recent run of good form.
“Hopefully, we will be the winning side.
“As the way I look at things, we have gone from being six unbeaten to not winning in four games.
“Possibly that’s more of a glass-half-empty attitude, but in order to be where we are capable of being we need to produce and get points on the board.”