A depleted Scarborough Pirates team suffered a 36-0 defeat at unbeaten Hull & District League division one leaders Cottingham Tigers.
Adam Lee was hampered by some last-minute withdrawals from the squad, which included stand-off Sam Hakings and youngster Nicky Brining through injury.
Lee said: “We also had quite a few lads out as they were working so I had 14 players at one point.
“It was a case of me signing on some lads at late notice to get a full squad together.”
The Tigers, who beat the Pirates in a cup final earlier this season, proved to be too strong for a determined visiting team.
Lee said: “I have to praise the players as they all tried their best from the start to the final whistle.
“Cottingham were on good form from the start and they went 22-0 up by half-time.We limited them to 14 points in the second half, but in the end we made a lot of unforced errors in defence and this is what cost us.”
The coach was quick to hail the impact made by one of the players who had stepped in at the last moment.
“Our man of the match was Jack Hakings, who had a cracking game at stand-off. He had been keen to sign on before and he took his chance on this occasion, but unfortunately he is usually playing football on a Saturday.
“Last week his football team Newlands had their game called off so he had the chance to turn out for us.”
The Pirates are back in league action this weekend at Eastway, 2.30pm ko, against Hull Dockers.
This will be another tricky game for Lee’s team as the Dockers are lying in second spot in the first division standings, behind the runaway leaders.
Lee added: “A lot of the lads are still suffering with injuries that kept them out of the game at Cottingham.
“To add to my worries a couple of the regulars are also unavailable this weekend due to a trip to Amsterdam, so we may well have to shuffle things around again on Saturday.”