Andrew Shinn put Horncastle Town’s 5-2 defeat at Sleaford Sports down to a ‘bad day at the office’.
The Wongers kicked off their Lincolnshire League campaign with a result to forget on the road this Saturday.
This campaign will obviously be a steep learning curve for the club’s fledgling managerial duo of Shinn and Micky Stones, as well as the young players introduced into the squad.
However, Shinn gave an honest assessment of the weekend’s result - before adding that things are expected to improve swiftly.
“It was a bad day at the office,” he said.
“It was partly our fault, tactically we didn’t really start right.
“We played some young lads, but in fairness to them they have pulled off the results in pre-season.
“We played below ourselves, but we got a few things wrong and that was our mistake.
“It’s a learning curve for everyone but now we have to put that right.”
Horncastle started strongly, and took the lead through Ben Fidling in the fourth minute.
But early dominance soon disappeared as Sports netted through Shaun Popple (two), Dominic Kew, Liam Tunstall and and own goal.
Luke Blondel added a second goal for Town.
“We pummelled them for the first 15 minutes, but then we fell to pieces,” Shinn continued.
“But we know it’s early days.
“We haven’t always had the personnel there in pre-season training and we tried a 4-3-3 formation on Saturday.
“We changed that to a 4-4-2 before half time but by then the damage was done.
“But we will look at that game and learn from it.”
Horncastle return to league action tonight (Wednesday) as they travel to defending champions Skegness Town (KO 6.45pm).
This will be followed by Saturday’s arrival of Brigg Town, which will signal the Wongers’ first home game of the campaign.
Kick off at the Wong will be at 3pm.