Bourne Town boss Darren Munton says he felt dejected after his side were on the wrong end of a 7-1 thumping against Thrapston Town on Saturday.
The emphatic loss drops Bourne deeper into relegation trouble.
Munton said: “It was an awful performance, comical at times.
“I have never seen anything like it in my football career. I couldn’t believe my eyes.
“The players let themselves down and they let me down. It was a gutless performance and was certainly a bad day at the office.
“Decision-making has been our problem all season and I spent 15 minutes talking to the players about it before the game but it obviously fell on deaf ears. We gift-wrapped them five goals.”
“Our keeper has been outstanding all season but he made two mistakes and that was two goals and you just can’t do that.”
Thrapston had all but killed the game off by half time, leading 4-1 at the break.
Cory James scored a double within the first quarter, striking in the 12th and 16th minutes. Jack Wisniewski hit a third on 32 minutes before Alex Brockbank reduced the arrears for Bourne four minutes later.
However, just before the break, Chris Hope notched Thrapston’s fourth.
With Bourne already out of the tie, their day got worse when Andy Moss was red-carded after picking up a second yellow card.
Thrapston’s Hope got a second on 56 minutes, before James added further misery by completing his hat-trick on 72 minutes and then a fourth just before the final whistle.
With 12 games to go in Bourne’s season and Darren Munton’s career as Wakes manager, as he will step down at the end of the season, they are two points off the relegation zone which is currently occupied by Bugbrooke St Michael’s and bottom side Olney.
If Bourne do slip into the bottom two they will have to apply for re-election to stay in the league and could even be demoted into the PDFL Premier.
Munton said: “We need some fresh faces but when you are struggling and not paying players it is hard to get people in.
“We were found wanting on Saturday and we need to bounce back quickly and start winning some games. We have got to keep plucking away but we are running out of time.”
Bourne face fifth-placed Lutterworth Athletic away tomorrow.