Bridlington Town manager Gary Allanson said his side failed to stand up to the physical side of the game as they were beaten 2-1 at Maltby Main on Saturday
However, he also took his share of responsibility as the Seasiders were beaten for only the second time in 18 matches.
Allanson said: “I was really, really disappointed on Saturday, we weren’t strong enough on and off the ball and our decision making was naive to say the least.
“Credit to Maltby they were strong and quick and seem to want it a lot more than ourselves.
“A lot of our players were bullied and looked very weak. The more disappointing thing was we could have gone top of the league if we had won and that was a great incentive for us.”
Maltby were one of the NCEL Premier Division’s form teams, and Saturday’s win over Bridlington was their fifth in sixth games.
But with title rivals Tadcaster Albion and Handsworth Parramore both forced to take a day off because of the weather, Town could have leapfrogged both and gone to the top of the table with victory in South Yorkshire.
“On reflection, I was disappointed with my performance as the manager, said Allanson.
“I got sucked into the emotions of the game and didn’t step back and look how we could have changed it. Players have off days and it is how you manage them, I failed them on Saturday and should have managed them a lot better.
“I have to lead them and inspire them I didn’t do that and the easy thing is to look at what is wrong and harp on about the negatives. They already know that, I am responsible of turning them into positives and getting the best out of the players.”
Bridlington are due to play Westella VIP in an East Riding Senior Cup quarter-final on Tuesday, and the boss is hoping for a chance to recover quickly.
“Hopefully the game is on for Tuesday so we can bounce back and get Saturday out of the system as quickly as possible.
“We still have a great group of players and I still wholeheartedly believe in them and I am sure we can bounce back and go on another great run.
“I let the players down on Saturday so is a learning curve for me as well.”