SCARBOROUGH Athletic’s management duo of Rudy Funk and Darren France were left furious after the NCEL Premier 2-1 home defeat against lowly Arnold Town.
Boro were terrible for the opening hour of the fixture, before finally launching a charge, but it was too little, too late.
The defeat killed any lingering hopes of promotion, as they now lie 10 points behind leaders Bridlington Town, having played a game more.
Funk once again questioned the desire of his players, who were comfortably out-battled by their Nottinghamshire opponents.
He said: “The only way I can describe it is men against boys.
“They came with a game-plan to bully us off the park and it worked for them.
“Before the game had even kicked off I told the lads what sides from Nottingham are about, but they just didn’t listen.
“I’ve said it before, maybe the lads don’t have it in them to achieve what we want to achieve.
“They definitely lacked the fighting spirit in this game.
“In the last 25 minutes we pushed them back and threw bodies forward, but that isn’t the way we should be playing the game.”
A less-than-happy Darren France also felt that Boro lacked the battling qualities to compete.
“I think we have the right players at the club, but we just have to win our battles.
“It doesn’t matter where you play, bottom or top of the league, you have to go out there and do it on the pitch.
“We have to realise where we are and what league we are in. We won’t move up through the divisions playing pretty football like that.
“From now until the end of the season we have to roll our sleeves up and go out with a bit of style.”