‘EMBARRASSING’ and a ‘shambles’. The was the dressing room verdict after Boston United suffered a humiliating 6-1 defeat at Altrincham on Saturday.
After being dumped out of the FA Cup by lowly Kidsgrove - a side two divisions lower than them - in midweek, the Pilgrims saw Saturday’s visit to Moss Lane as a chance to quickly over come their midweek woes.
Instead, things just went from bad to terrible.
Damian Reeves collected the matchball after grabbing a hat-trick, while James Lawrie, Michael Twiss and substitute Astley Mulholland also got in on the act.
Had it not been for the heroics of Boston keeper Paul Bastock, the Robins would have easily reached double figures as the United midfield and defence - featuring five changes from the Tuesday loss - capitulated.
Jason Lee led by example at the other end as he fired home a consolation goal.
Although it was no consolation to joint boss Lee Canoville.
“It was embarrassing. To let in six goals at any level isn’t good enough,” Canoville said.
“It could have been more which would be more embarrassing. I’m devastated we defended so poorly.
“It’s very disappointing, we were all over the place and looked like we didn’t know what we were doing.”
Canoville’s words were echoed by defender Jordan Fairclough.
He added: “It was a shambles all over.
“We’ve got to move onto the next game and put this behind us. T
“hey were a good team but we’re better than we showed. We sat off them too much in the first half and then it went to pot.
“We didn’t show enough passion and aggression.”
ALTRINCHAM: Coburn, Mark Lees, Ryan Brown, Danylyk, Williams, Flynn, Lawrie, Desmore, Twiss, Reeves (Richman 80), Clee (Mulholland 60); Subs (not used): Lynch, Summerskill, Reid.
UNITED: Bastock, J. Fairclough, Austin, Stainfield, Jelleyman, B. Fairclough, Wilkinson, Armstrong (Semple HT), Hall, Burrow (Newsham 58), Mulready (Lee 58); Subs (not used): Milnes, Drury.
Ref: P. Curry.