Andrew Shinn has warned Horncastle Town’s squad it’s time to buck their ideas up and salvage their season.
The Wongers were given a dressing room dressing down by Shinn and joint boss Mickey Stones following Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to Wyberton.
The management team had addressed the weekend’s clash as must-win in an attempt to hit their targets of a top-two finish in the Lincolnshire League, as well as keeping the Villagers from closing the gap on them.
But Jamie Elston’s strike settled the contest, while Town’s Michael Harness saw his spot kick saved by Wyberton keeper James Doughty.
Wyberton now face away games at 12th-placed CGB Humbertherm on Saturday and Grimsby Borough Reserves a week later.
This will be followed by the Challenge Cup clash against Skegness Town. And Shinn is ecpecting better.
He said: “Last week’s gone, we have to look to the future.
“They’ve still got a chance of a cup final, but we need to improve.
“We weren’t good enough and they know that.”
The Wongers’ injury list was added to ahead of Saturday’s defeat with Tom Hodson suffering ligament damage and Steve Lovett picking up a calf strain in training.
And with the two joint managers also sidelined, Stones gave an impassioned post-match team talk to the side’s younger players, stressing they don’t allow themselves to have any regrets from the campaign.
“Stoner told the lads not to take anything for granted,” Shinn continued.
“I’m out for the rest of the season after having an operation, he’s had his knee injury and Steve Lovett’s gutted he couldn’t play.
“We would all love to be able to go out there but we can’t.
“We’ve won this league and the county cup in the past, we know what it feels like and we want the same for these lads.
“But they’ve got to go out and earn it themselves.
“We don’t want these lads to get to a point where they can’t play anymore and think about what they missed out on.
“I’ve still got every confidence in them, but they need to do it on the pitch.”
Kick off at Fulstow Playing Field will be at 3pm on Saturday.